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By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

I was at dinner with a few girlfriends awhile back when they started teasing me about taking my son to Fancy Nancy the Musical, Pinkalicious and a number of other shows for young audiences. They said it was shame that there wasn’t more theatre out there geared for boys. Thank goodness it was I who was the target of their banter and not my son. I truly believe that the theatre is for everyone and both males and females alike should be allowed to enjoy it ALL. That being said, I’d be lying if I said my son didn’t have a particularly awesome time watching Broadway’s “Spiderman, Turn Off the Dark” and “The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told”. But let it be known, so did my daughter.

“Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark”

Don’t miss this truly spectacular comic-book-brought-to-life, now playing through January 4th in Times Square. The imagination and creativity behind this production (not to mention the aerial acrobatics taking place over the audience) are truly awe-inspiring. The music of U2 and the direction of Philip Wm. McKinley and Julie Taymor (who brought “The Lion King” on Broadway to life) really shine through in this action-packed musical. There were a couple of loud, sudden noises and a few graphic images, but overall, the show was done in such a way that it is appropriate for any super-hero fan of any age. My 5-year-old son loved every minute of it – especially when Spiderman comes into the audience and covers everyone with spider webs! I just hope he doesn’t expect this level of spectacle at the next Broadway show he sees! Visit http://www.spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

“The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told”

Christopher Leidenfrost’s half-scripted/half-improvised musical comedy, “The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told” is now playing in an open run at the Snapple Theatre in midtown, NYC. The show will run Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. This madcap, musical adventure revolves around Captain Henry Martin and his stalwart crew, who have been flung into the future by a befuddled sea witch to perform the greatest pirate epic ever seen on stage. But with their script torn asunder, these pirates-turned-players are forced to improvise their show as it unfolds, based upon the audience’s suggestions. Both grownups and children will enjoy the Saturday morning production. The multi-talented performers are impressively hilarious, making each performance unique and fun for audiences of all ages. More information can be found at http://www.greatestpiratestory.com.

Originally published December 2013
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