Calling All Kids (and Parents): Are You Ready for Kids Night on Broadway?
By: Ellis Nassour
It’s that very special time of year for kids [No! Halloween just passed; and, in spite of all the store decorations, it’s not quite Christmas]. It’s time for Kids Night on Broadway (KNOB). Don’t wait! Tickets for the 2015 big event are on sale now for shows and fun activities from January 9 – 15..
You know all about Kids Night, right? If not, it’s that much anticipated bargain time of the year when kids ages 6 – 18 can see participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. KNOB includes pre-theatre activities, restaurant and parking discounts, educational programs, and more. It take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their own spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year. Check kidsnightonbroadway.com for those locations and dates.
Two-time Tony winner Judith Light is National Ambassador for the 19th Kids Night on Broadway. The 2015 event salutes the Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and alternative lifestyle students of merit, an organization where Light is a longtime board member.
Participating shows will include Aladdin, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Chicago, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Disgraced, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Honeymoon in Vegas, If/Then, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera, On the Town, Rock of Ages, Side Show, Wicked, and You Can’t Take It With You. The roster is subject to change, and some shows won’t be available for all performances.
Numerous, popular Theatre District eateries offer KNOB specials for ticket-holders. Check kidsnightonbroadway.com for participating restaurants.
This year, KNOB continues its collaboration with KidzVuz, a safe video review sharing site, with a KidzVuz Broadway video contest. Kids can submit original videos on three Broadway topics, and be entered for a chance to win "kewl" prizes, including tickets to a participating KNOB show. Additionally, kids can participate in a Q&A by submitting questions to the KNOB Facebook page, which, get this, will be answered by participating Broadway stars.
Kids Night on Broadway, a program of the Broadway League, is presented in association with The New York Times and sponsored by WABC-TV with additional support from KidzVuz and Z100.