Kids’ Night on Broadway begins tonight and runs through March 2, 2014. Sparking even more excitement for the 18th annual event is National Ambassador, Tony-winner Idina Menzel. Kids’ Night on Broadway is when kids ages 6 to 18 can see Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. Tickets also include restaurant discounts, parking discounts, educational programs, and some very special events still to be announced!
“When I first went to Broadway, it was a life-changing experience,” says Menzel, who will be starring in the forthcoming Broadway musical If/Then. “There’s something magical about walking through the theatre district and seeing the marquees and the lights. Nothing compares to a live Broadway performance! As an adult, I still have that nostalgic feeling I had as a child.”
“It’s important that kids come to theatre because they get to see life through different characters. The arts are so important in general,” says Menzel, “and I’m so grateful that my career awards me with so many special opportunities to connect with young people. I’m honored to be the Kids’ Night on Broadway National Ambassador and extra thrilled that this year’s cause-related component is our arts-centered foundation, A Broader Way, which enables expression, empowerment, and enlightenment. As does Broadway.”
Idina Menzel made her Broadway debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winner, Rent, for which she was nominated for a Tony Awardâ and followed that with her Tony Award-winning performance in Wicked, which she subsequently brought to London’s West End. She will make her highly anticipated return to the Broadway stage this March in the new musical, If/Then. Menzel’s voice can currently be heard in the hit Disney animated film, Frozen.
On film, she recreated her role of Maureen Johnson in Chris Columbus’ film version of Rent, and has appeared in movies as varied as Enchanted and Ask the Dust. On television, Menzel recurred over multiple seasons of “Glee” and has guest-starred in numerous other shows. She starred in her own PBS special, “Barefoot at the Symphony,” with an accompanying album. Menzel recently concluded a highly successful international concert tour with a sold out performance at Carnegie Hall.
In 2010, Idina Menzel founded A Broader Way Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering girls from urban communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs, with an emphasis on building self-esteem, developing leadership qualities and striving for personal and social achievement. Kids’ Night on Broadway is proud to salute A Broadway Way Foundation as this year’s cause-related component. Visit ABroaderWay.org for more information.
Kids’ Night on Broadway will also take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their own spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year. Check kidsnightonbroadway.com/across for specific dates and locations.