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The Best Broadway Shows to See with Dad This Father’s Day

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|by Mark Robinson |

Broadway is full of Dad-friendly fare this season

Shopping for Dad for Father’s Day can be a daunting task. How can one do something in a meaningful way for the man who raised and loved them? Instead of handing the guy a physical gift like a necktie that will hang in his closet, why not consider creating an experience you can share together, a memory or two to carry with you always? Taking Dad to see a Broadway show is one way to achieve this, and we have put together a list of some of Broadway’s offerings that we think are perfectly suited to Dad on his special day.

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Dad won’t want to miss out on seeing ‘Ain’t Too Proud,’ ‘Beetlejuice’ or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (Photos: Matthew Murphy; Julieta Cervantes)

Dad won’t want to miss out on seeing ‘Ain’t Too Proud,’ ‘Beetlejuice’ or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (Photos: Matthew Murphy; Julieta Cervantes)

If Dad likes to laugh, then there is no better place to take him than to the Winter Garden Theatre for a dose of Beetlejuice. The new Tony-nominated musical, based on the creepy but hilarious film comedy of the same name, is a laugh riot thanks to some bravura performances from Leslie Kritzer as the kooky diva Delia Dietz, and Alex Brightman as the maniacally macabre title character. You will all be “dying” with laughter.

Come From Away
9/11 was one of the world’s most harrowing days, a moment in history that will remain forever imprinted upon the minds and hearts of those who lived through it. The musical Come From Away is a story of hope and inspiration, of the Canadian community that stepped up and demonstrated hospitality and compassion when airplane after airplane was rerouted to their small island home in the wake of this tragedy. For dads who love a true story about the best in humanity, Come From Away is guaranteed to fill his day with thought-provoking entertainment.  

From the beginning of Disney’s fairytale Aladdin, the title character is an orphan, making his way on the streets by his wits, with a heaping amount of luck also seeing him through. It is tough going for a kid who doesn’t have that fatherly role model in their life to help him or her grow into a functional adult. Help Dad see the impact he has had in your life, that it was his guidance and his time, and not a genie in a lamp, that helped transform you into who you are today. Aladdin is a magic carpet ride of fun, music, spectacle and magic.

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
Chances are, many older dads grew up listening to the popular ‘60s and ‘70s band The Temptations, one of Motown’s biggest successes. Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations is an opportunity to look at the men and the stories behind that music. This jukebox musical is just overflowing with iconic tunes such as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” that should take dad (or even grandad!) back to his youth. For younger dads, this Tony-nominated musical is a great education on terrific music of a bygone era.

All My Sons
If your father isn’t exactly into seeing a musical, but might enjoy a riveting storyline from one of America’s greatest playwrights, then the Tony-nominated revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons might be just the ticket for your Father’s Day theater outing. The play, which takes a compelling look at how the sins of the father are visited upon the sons, may not feature one of theater’s more perfect fathers, but the story continues to pack a wallop.

King Kong
Would your Dad enjoy a timeless story that employs some of theatrical stagecraft’s greatest spectacle and puppet wizardry? If this sounds like your father, then King Kong may just be the ideal show for him. Besides, he is bound to be intrigued by the machinations behind bringing a 2,000-pound gorilla to life. King Kong features one of theater’s most startlingly complex puppets ever created. You will believe that a 20-foot ape is walking the stage at the Broadway Theatre.

To Kill a Mockingbird
For many, Atticus Finch represents one of literature’s most dedicated fathers and inspirational role models. So why not celebrate Dad with a trip to see Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird? What better tribute to the man who has had the greatest influence in your life than to let him experience a play that demonstrates the impact a great father can have?

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at

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