It's Showtime! How to Plan a Broadway Night in Your Living Room!

Can't Go to the Theater? Let the Theater Come To You!

By Zulema Gomez, publisher of Macaroni Kid San Marcos-Vista, Calif. July 15, 2020

I love the theater. Musicals are a favorite in my family, both because of the music and also the performances that make the music and stories come alive. 

I have been wanting to see Hamilton for years and now that Disney+ has released it, we are celebrating its release in true Broadway night fashion — but from the comfort of our own living room!

Want to plan your own Broadway night in? Here are four essentials for a memorable Broadway night in:

1. Pick a Broadway show

Many Broadway musicals are available to watch from the comfort of your living room, and many more have been converted to kid-friendly movies that are streaming on major platforms.

Here are eight family-friendly musicals to select from for your special night in:

  • Hamilton (PG-13), available on Disney+
  • Newsies (PG), available on Disney+
  • Hairspray (PG), rent or buy from Amazon or HBO Max
  • Fiddler on the Roof (G), available on Netflix or to rent or buy from Amazon
  • Shrek the Musical (G), available on Netflix
  • Aladdin (G), available on Disney+
  • Annie, 2014 (PG), available to rent or buy on Amazon
  • West Side Story (PG), available on Netflix

Make it a date night! Stream Disenchanted from Boulder's Dinner Theatre for just $18 during the month of July (48-hour rental).

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know — the original storybook heroines have come to life to set the record straight.

2. Dress the part

When was the last time you and the family dressed up for a night out or for a party or celebration? Make your at-home Broadway night a true celebration of art and music by getting all gussied up. Take some fun family pictures and feel good about looking good!

3. Decorate

If you want this to be a fully immersive Broadway experience, decorations are a must. You should decorate based on your Broadway selection. Hamilton has a very patriotic feel for me so a Fourth of July theme works, or perhaps the classic black and gold stars from the Hamilton cover photo silhouette!

Whatever you choose, have the kids decorate banners, string up some lights, and even create a selfie photo wall to take those pictures of you all dressed up. Get as creative as you want!

4. Plan the menu

One of my favorite parts of going out to the theater is the pre-show dinner. There is no reason that a Broadway night in shouldn't also include a delicious meal! 

Involve the family in deciding on a menu. Everyone can play a part in preparing, setting, or serving the meal.

Get really creative and put together a meal based on your musical choice or use this as a chance to support a local business by doing curbside pick-up or delivery. Serve it on your best dishes. 

Don't forget about the intermission menu too! Some filmed musicals will pause for intermission or you can pause your show at the halfway point. Popcorn, cookies, and other sweet treats are fun options for this part of the night. 

Now enjoy the magic!

Even though Broadway and many of our favorite local theaters are closed for now, there's no reason we cannot enjoy the magic and wonder of beloved musical performances.

I am excited for the opportunity to create truly amazing experiences and memories like this with my family during this time of physical distancing. The pandemic will not stop us from finding our family fun.