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Family theater shows that you can enjoy with your children



As you may have heard, New York’s best-known family vacation show, “The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes,” prematurely ended its annual broadcast at Radio City Music Hall last week. due to COVID cases. Many Broadway shows have also canceled performances due to the current situation.

That being said, if you’re a parent or grandparent looking to take kids to the theater while on vacation, there are still quite a few other shows to consider – although you should definitely keep up to date with any. cancellation of future performance due to COVID and carefully review the health and safety requirements of each show.

The Nutcracker by George Balanchine: While “The Christmas Spectacular” may be temporarily out of service, the NYC Ballet is still presenting its iconic and lavish version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, full of children, tin soldiers, snowflakes, a tree. Giant Christmas and a plum fairy. Last year marked the first year the company had not presented ballet since 1954. David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, until Jan. 2, nycballet.com.

The Big Apple circus: The beloved Big Top Circus returned this year under the ownership of high-flying artist Nik Wallenda. As directed by Philip WM. McKinley (“Spider-Man: Put Out The Black,” “The
Boy from Oz “), its revamped format includes new acts starring” Big Little Ringmaster “Alan Silva, comedic daredevil Johnny Rockett and the Yab Brothers of Ethiopia. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, through January 30 , bigapplecircus.com.

Winnie the Pooh: Well-known Disney version of AA Milne’s stories about Pooh, Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Rabbit, and the rest of the gang are presented Off-Broadway with life-size puppets in a production by Jonathan Rockefeller (who previously created and directed stage versions of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Paddington”). Row Theater, 410 W. 42sd St., until January 30, winniethepoohshow.com.

Jim Henson’s Jug-Band Christmas by Emmet Otter: Based on a 1977 television musical directed by Jim Henson and with songs by Paul Williams, Ma and Emmet Otter from Frogtown Hollow tries to win a talent show on Christmas Eve. The stage adaptation is directed by Christopher Gattelli (“Newsies”) and Puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42sd St., until January 2, newvictory.org.

Cinderella and the Magic Flute: The Metropolitan Opera is currently offering abridged English versions of two fairy-tale operas: “The Magic Flute” by Mozart (with the staging of dreamlike landscapes infused with Julie Taymor’s puppets) and “Cinderella” by Massenet. Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, through Jan.5, metopera.org.

Happy holidays: For those in New Jersey, the Paper Mill Playhouse (which has hosted numerous Disney musicals in recent years, including the world premiere of “Newsies”) now features a low-key and heartwarming musical review of hit songs from Disney movies being shot – stage shows such as “The Lion King”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Mary Poppins”, “Aladdin”, “Frozen”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Hercules” (which the theater will produce next season). Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ, through Jan. 2, papermill.org.

A Sherlock Carol: In Mark Shanahan’s new play, Sherlock Holmes is tasked by an adult Tiny Tim to investigate the mysterious death of Ebenezer Scrooge – a mission that involves further visits by ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. New Scenes of the World, 340 W. 50e St., asherlockcarol.com.