The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee doesn’t sound like the title of a hit Broadway musical, but this show, often described as cute, adorable, and even hilarious has been a huge hit with audiences.
A quick look at the title may indicate the fact that this appears to be a show for kids. However, while children will certainly enjoy the fun music and the quirky characters (adults portraying adolescents), the truth is that they’ll probably miss a lot of the jokes. That’s okay. Its diverse appeal makes it a show that is truly for the whole family.
Families will certainly enjoy the theater, which has been converted into a middle school gymnasium, complete with bleachers for the audience and a basketball court that’s located front and center.
There’s even a little audience participation which actually allows the show to change a little with every production. The length, just 90 minutes long with no intermission, is also ideal for children who may not be able to sit through longer productions. The show won two Tony Awards last year and the talented cast continues to impress New York audiences.