It’s a great time to be a teen theater artist, and the New York scene has some of the best teen shows of its kind in the world. We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 shows currently running in and around the Big Apple, featuring all of the teen characters (and sometimes real teens). To see all these ten would be completely absurd, but there are plenty of great shows for teenagers and theatre performers who are great in their time.
Alice’s Heart invites the audience to explore a blitzkrieg – mid-19th-century London, a world of magic, magic, and magic. There is a rabbit hole you like to walk into, familiar characters are there, and the illogical moments of adolescence seem to make sense in this fantastic world. Fans of the spring awakening will be drawn to Duncan Firth’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland with a new cast and a fresh take on the classic story.
Will Roland plays Jeremy Heere, a self-described loser who gets his brain rewired by a nanocomputer that teaches him his way around the world. The more you race through the cold stratosphere as a child, the more it cools down and you have to guess what will take you from one way to the next with one dud after another. But the cost of popularity may be too high, and you can’t get past this one – away from one of these duds.
Since its premiere in New Jersey in 2015, this musical has become an underground sensation, and now Broadway audiences can see why.
Being a teenager can be lonely and depressing, which is perhaps why so many high school students are so excited about the Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen. The Tony-winning musical centers on a young outsider who believes the key to losing to the fearsome Blues has become a social media hit. Instead, he risks what he can find when he is lost, which is perhaps the most important part of his life.
If that’s not enough, you can visit the opaque Lyric Theatre, renovated to look like it’s straight out of Hogwarts, and browse the gift shop that deals with storytelling and its wares. Prepare for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II at Lyrics Theatre. It’s nearly six hours in two parts, but if you want to be a teenager and a hero forever, the Tony-winning sequel to the popular film may be a scary prospect for you.
In this fast-paced play, several young women find themselves in a struggle to find their own ego – value. Perhaps beauty is more than skin deep, but sometimes beautiful people can be terrible, and the real struggle is to find what has the power to keep a beauty queen like Akim in her place. Sampson takes the audience on a journey that takes them on a journey to discover what it has to do with preserving their bodies and identities.
I wanted to tell a story about politics to young people over lunch without breaking down in tears, and I did, but I’m not the only one who did.
These are the best teen shows on Broadway, and your teens will love it!