When I was little, I dreamed of being on Broadway. I so badly wanted to play Annie and sing “Tomorrow”, or Cosette from Les Mis so I could sing “Castle on a Cloud”. When I landed the lead in the second grade musical, “We’re Runnin’ Bunnies” (don’t ask. I don’t even know), I thought that was it! My dreams were coming true! Then I realized that the part I’d been given had no singing parts and the most speaking parts, and my Broadway dreams were shattered with one glaring truth: I can’t act. I can sing, play any instrument you hand to me, but I cannot act my way out of a paper bag, and while plenty of “actors” are clearly on crack about their level of talent, I was not. There would be no starring roles in New York City for me. Bummer.
Luckily, I’m not bitter about my craptacular acting abilities, and still have a deep love for all things musical. Grease is the friggin’ WORD, y’all!
That’s why, when Netflix challenged me this month to get my kids to sing along to musicals with me, I figured it would be the perfect time to introduce Parker to something OTHER than animation. Netflix had what I thought was the perfect introduction- Shrek the Musical. The kid loves Shrek, so he should like a singing and dancing Shrek even if it isn’t computer animated, right?
While I was watching and beginning to enjoy all that a live-action Shrek with songs had to offer, Parker was begging for it to stop. Guess he isn’t quite ready for the magical world of musical theater quite yet. Bummer! At least Netflix has PLENTY of animated musicals that he loves with which to console me.
One day, I WILL get that kid to sit through Shrek the Musical with me, fart jokes, belching, and all. Until then… here are some musicals you and YOUR kids can enjoy! Maybe you’ll have better luck than me!
For your big kids:
1. Shrek the Musical
2. High School Musical
4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
6. The Phantom of the Opera
7. Camp Rock
And your little ones:
Prince of Egypt
Rock A Doodle
3. The Prince of Egypt
4. Leap Frog: Numberland
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