Earlier this year history was made at the annual Tony Awards when actress Ali Stoker became the first actor who uses a wheelchair to win the coveted award.

Broadway will again feature special performances that will cater to people in the Autism Spectrum.

During the 2019-20 Broadway season, five musicals will offer a special performance –
“The Lion King” on September 29
“Frozen” on November 17
“Wicked” on February 2
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on March 1
and “ Aladdin” on May 3

Tickets for the special performances go on sale six to eight weeks before the show.

Broadway has offered special performances of productions for the past eight years. Each performance features dimmed lighting instead of a full blackout, adjusted sound with a 90 decibal limited, and strobe and flash lighting is omitted.

Special educational materials are also available for audience members ahead of time to help with the characters and plot of the production.

Speaking on the program, TDF executive direcotr Victoria Bailey said, “we’re grateful to everyone involved in these productions for helping us provide this service to this underserved audience and help us provide an experience for families that is often life-changing. A special thanks to our funders, who like us, believe that the arts are for everyone. They make it possible for us to provide several hundred free tickets for each performance to families with children on the spectrum, who could not afford even discounted tickets.”

The Lion King” was the first production to offer a special program; other productions that have participated in the program are “Cats”, “Come from Away”, “Elf”, “Kinky Boots”, “Mary Poppins”, “My Fair Lady”, “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, “The King and I”, and “The Phantom of the Opera”.


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