Kids Can See a Broadway Show for Free + More NYC Events Feb. 23–March 1

Photo Source: Kids Night on Broadway

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week.

Youngsters can see a free Broadway show.
Kids Night on Broadway returns to New York City on Feb. 27 and once again allows kids and teens to attend a Broadway show completely free of charge. Here’s the deal: thanks to The Broadway League, anyone aged 18 or under can see one of the participating Broadway shows for free, as long as they are accompanied by a full-paying adult. This year’s ambassadors for the cause are current Mainstem stars Ethan Slater of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” Christy Altomare of “Anastasia,” and Lea Salonga of “Once on This Island.” This year’s shows include the three aforementioned, as well as “Wicked,” “Come From Away,” “The Band’s Visit,” and others. (Ticket prices vary show-to-show)

A cold front arrives on Broadway.
The spring theater season continues to heat up—though that may be the wrong choice of words in this case. Broadway’s anticipated stage adaptation of Disney’s “Frozen” is now in previews at the St. James Theatre, starring theater vets Caissie Levy as Elsa and Patti Murin as Anna. The tuner features an adapted book and score by the film’s creators Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez, and direction by Michael Grandage. (Tickets start at $82)

TED will talk theater.
Returning for its seventh year, TEDxBroadway will be held at New World Stages on Feb. 27, and once again feature professionals across all facets of the theater industry as they tackle on central question that will be posed. This year’s lineup includes composers Shaina Taub and David Yazbek, columnist Michael Riedel, actor Joshua Jackson, set designer David Korins, and others. (Tickets: $100)

Laugh through your end-of-weekend blues.
Stave off the Sunday scaries with some LOLs at “The Last Laugh,” the weekly standup event at The Peoples Improv Theater. This Sunday’s on Feb. 25 will feature comedian Khalid Rahmaan (a writer for TruTV), who is sure to put a smile on your face before the inevitable gloom of Monday kicks in—all that for less than the cost of a New York City salad. (Tickets: $8)

Spend an evening with a Tony winner.
Everyone’s favorite eccentric stage star Alice Ripley, who won a Tony Award for her role in “Next to Normal,” will debut a brand new show at The Green Room 42 on Feb. 24. “Ripley Prescription” will see the talent cover genres ranging from rock, pop, musical theater, and beyond, as well as share stories from her decades-spanning career on stage and screen. (Tickets start at $30)

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