We’re happy to share that the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) is gearing up for a slate of autism-friendly performances of popular Broadway shows this fall, which will include Disney’s The Lion King, Spider-man Turn Off The Dark and Wicked. This is part of TDF’s Autism Theatre Initiative, a program to make theatre accessible to children and adults with autism as well as their families.
The program launched back in 2011 with a showing of The Lion King, and it was so successful that more shows were added — and it also demonstrated the need for other theatres around the country to develop similar initiatives to offer autism-friendly performances.
To help make it a more comfortable environment for audience members, slight adjustments to the production are made, including the reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights. There are also quiet and activity areas in the lobby for those who need to leave their seats during the performances.
It’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the magic that these shows have to offer. Check out dates/times below, and for ticket information, click here.
- Sunday, Sept. 29 (1 p.m.) – Disney’s The Lion King; Minskoff Theatre (**Tickets available now**)
- Saturday, Nov. 16 (2 p.m.) – Spider-man Turn Off The Dark; The Foxwoods
- Sunday, March 2, 2014 (1 p.m.) – Wicked; Gershwin Theatre
Lynsey, Community Manager