Rated PG-13 – Parental Guidance Recommended
The musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ 1974 movie parody of the classic novel by Mary Shelley, this show runs wild with sexual innuendos, double-entendres, and just all-around silliness. Some of the adult jokes may go over younger children’s heads, but there are other concerns such as some language, gore, and a few other potentially triggering actions that warrant a PG-13 rating.
Common Sense Media’s content information on the movie version of this story can be found here. While the musical isn’t exactly the same, it will give you some idea of what to expect.
There is an angry (though slightly unorganized) mob hunting down and chasing a few characters. One character sings about an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, and in another scene, Frankenstein’s monster kidnaps and forces himself (offstage) on another character in a way that could be interpreted as non-consensual, though it quickly becomes consensual.
There is some adult language used in the show, though not a lot of it. Although, there is one song that makes frequent use of a slang anatomical word for comedic purposes.
Gore and Menace:
This is a parody of a horror story, so there will be some menacing imagery and gore,
though usually filtered comedically.
Drugs & Alcohol:
A few characters smoke (prop) cigars or cigarettes briefly. There is mention of drinking brandy.
There are several (comedic) violent images and phrases in the show that may be frightening to younger children.
This is the primary cause for the PG-13 rating. Mel Brooks’ comedies often center around adult sexual innuendo and double entendre, and Young Frankenstein more than most. These jokes come right upon the heels of each other through the entire show. However, there are some more obvious sexual references and more than one implied sexual act taking place offstage. If you are squeamish about this type of humor, perhaps it’s best to sit this one out.
Rated G – General Audiences
This family-friendly show is suitable for an audience of all ages and multiple generations to enjoy!
R- Restricted (Parental Guidance Strongly Cautioned for Audiences Under 17)
Loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Bohème, Rent is a rock musical set in the 1990s in New York City. Rent addresses topics like AIDS, love, sexual orientation, drug-addiction, and gentrification. The world of “sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll” includes some very powerful and positive messages, but also some very adult language, topics, and situations.
Common Sense Media’s content information on the movie adaptation of this musical can be found here. While the stage musical isn’t exactly the same, it will give you some idea of what to expect.
There are some upsetting scenes, such as a mugging and a riot involving police. Difficult topics such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic and drug addiction are major plot-points that lead to some painful moments that may be triggering for some audience members. The gentrification of neighborhoods in NYC is also a major part of the plot, with homelessness, evictions, and police violence highlighted throughout the musical.
There is frequent, strong adult language used in this production (the colorful language of NYC!)
Drugs & Alcohol:
As this story deals with drug addiction (primarily heroin addiction- often resulting in the contraction of AIDS), there are a lot of references to and scenes involving drug use. There are also references to and use of (prop) cigarettes, alcohol, needles, and prescription drugs.
New York City in the ‘90s was a rough place. There are some acts of violence in this show which may be triggering/frightening to some audience members.
There is a fair amount of sexual content in Rent. “La Vie Bohème” is a way of life for most of the characters, celebrating all genders, sexual orientations, lifestyles, and differences.
Rated PG – Parental Guidance Suggested
This play is full of unexpected surprises! There will be gunshots, explosions, collapses, fires, people and things falling down, loud noises and sound effects, and general mayhem from beginning to end.
There are many loud, unexpected noises such as gunshots and many things crashing down in this production which may be triggering to some audience members.
There isn’t a lot of adult language in this show, but in the play within the play, there are some British swears used, such as “blast”, “poppycock”, and “hang it all”.
Drugs & Alcohol:
The actors drink (prop) liquor (or so they think!). One character takes pills and another lights a prop cigarette… regrettably…
There is a lot of stage violence (both accidental and intentional) in this production. Violent acts you may see include, but are not limited to, punching, kicking, slapping, body-slamming, punches to the crotch, slamming faces with objects, gunshots, and swordfights.
There are a few kisses in the play within the play, and one actor is scantily-clad for much of the performance.
This classic fairy tale features some of Disney’s most beloved characters (and strongest, smartest heroines), and some of Disney’s greatest musical numbers, but it does have some scarier moments that younger audience members may not enjoy.
Common Sense Media’s content information on the cartoon movie that is the source for this musical, of this story, can be found here. While the stage musical does have some differences, it will give you a good idea of what to expect.
The character of Gaston is not a very nice guy. He tends to force himself into women’s personal space and has a bit of a misogynistic personality which may be triggering to some audience members. There is an angry mob that goes to hunt down a character, and there is also a plot point where a character is made out to be “mad” and taken to an asylum against his will.
Drugs & Alcohol:
There is a scene (and a song) that take place in a pub where the characters are drinking ale.
Things aren’t all happiness in this fairy tale! There is an attack by wolves and an angry mob with torches and weapons. And once the mob gets where they are going, there is a (rather ridiculous) battle scene that leads to a violent fight that takes a dark turn.
The characters of Lumiere and Babette have a romantic relationship and they aren’t afraid to show it.