The first live musical I remember attending was “Phantom of the Opera” when it was on tour in Los Angeles, CA many years ago (I was probably around 13 or so). It was such an amazing performance with elaborate sets, gorgeous costumes, stunning effects, and the music and singing made such a lasting impression on me. Fast forward some 17 years later and I get to introduce my daughter to her first live performance.
We got tickets to the Saturday matinee showing of “Crazy for You,” featuring music from Gershwin. It was performed by fantastically talented actors and was a Broadway-quality production. She loved it! The dance choreography was fun and clever and to this day she’ll still sing “I’ve Got Rhythm” every now and then.
In the past three years, we’ve had a chance to attend several similar performances, the most recent of which was “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”. Due to this, she now has such a great appreciation for music, acting, and the wonderful world created on stage. One day I would love to actually take her to see an actual Broadway show in New York City. So, if you find any good deals on some Lion King tickets, let me know!
If you ever get the opportunity, take your child to see a live show/play/musical at the theatre. It’s so different than just watching a television show or a pre-recorded, edited movie. Teaching them to love the theatre is like giving them a gift that will last and grow for a lifetime.