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03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Tweens Love Broadway, But Their Parents Foot The Bill

For Broadway producers, 10-year-old Jamie Carroll looks like an ideal theatergoer: she downloads scores off of iTunes, is a fervent proselytizer when she likes something and has lots of friends, two of whom she brought along to a recent Saturday matinee of "Legally Blonde." "A lot of my friends say it's the best musical they've ever seen," she said.

Maybe. But Jamie's father and her 14-year-old brother would not join them, considering the show too girly. Even her mother, Tacey Carroll, was only present as a chaperone: "This is a little more for them," she said, echoing several other mothers at the theater, one of whom even dropped off her young charges and went shopping.

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