What: Broadway Playhouse: George and Ira Gershwin
Where: Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th Street
New York , NY
Who: Ages 4 and up
When: January 22, 2017 (for future dates and show go
Me - Broadway Playhouse: The Gershwins was a good show. The show was about George and Ira Gershwin. They told interesting facts about the Gershwins and told about their lives and sang some of their songs. They had kid volunteers for some parts of the show. The kids got to play a rhyming game. They had to rhyme a word with a word that the actors in the show gave them. It had to be a perfect rhyme. The other time the kids got to a dance to the American in Paris ballet. However, they didn't really do ballet. They didn't really dance either. They mostly just moved around on stage and only one kid actually danced. I liked that the way they picked people from the audience was fair. Instead of just randomly picking kids out of the audience, they collected the names of kids who wanted to participate in the show before the show. They put all the names in a basket. Then, when they needed kids, they picked names out of the basket. I liked that the show was interesting. I didn't know anything about the Gershwins before although I did know some of their songs. Some of the songs in the show I had heard before but not all. The show was funny too. The music was pretty. All in all, I can't wait for the next Broadway Playhouse shows which will be about Harold Arlen on February 12 and Alan Menken on March 5. I would would recommend you go too especially if you or your kids love show tunes.
Mom - Whether you and/or your kids already love show tunes or you want to learn more about them, Broadway Playhouse is a great choice. Each show teaches kids a little about a particular composer (or composers). Their most recent production was about George and Ira Gershwin. Although kids might think they don't need to know about George and Ira Gershwin because they lived a long time ago, they are still relevant today. Aside from revivals of their shows, their music is always being repackaged in different shows or movies or even commercials or whatever. Besides, anyone who is truly interested in music (or theater) should know a little about the great composers of the past. Broadway Playhouse shows teaches kids about them in a fun way. This show included a fun sketch of a part of George and Ira's life, interactive parts where kids were chosen to participate on stage and even a mini musical built around some of George and Ira's song. There was even a sing-along of the song I've Got Rhythm so even kids who did not get to go on stage got to participate in the show a little bit too. The show was a much more entertaining way for kids to learn about these composers than reading about them in a book or something. The shows are not just fun for kids either, they are entertaining and enjoyable for adults as well especially ones that love theater and/or show tunes. For more about Broadway Playhouse's upcoming productions go to
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