Autism-Friendly Broadway Shows

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The theater is for everyone. That's a message that the nonprofit Theatre Development Fund takes seriously, which is why they work with hit Broadway shows to create performances that are welcoming and supportive of audience members with autism, sensory and communication disorders, or learning disabilities. At these special shows, the house lights are not darkened entirely, loud and jarring sounds are softened, and strobe lights and other effects (smoke, gunshots, etc.) are not used—all in an effort to make the shows enjoyable for people with heightened sensitivities. Parents of kids on the autism spectrum don't need to worry about their child clapping at the wrong time, singing along loudly, or needing to stand up and move their bodies. Everyone can enjoy the production in their own way. Need a break? The theater lobby will have quiet activity stations, staffed by autism specialists, for kids and adults who want to stretch their legs.

Details: Tickets on sale now for: The Phantom of the Opera Majestic Theatre 245 W. 44th St between 7th and 8th aves Saturday, November 19, 1 p.m. Tickets start at $42

Upcoming performances (we will update information when tickets are available): Aladdin New Amsterdam Theatre 214 W. 42nd St between 7th and 8th aves Sunday, March 5, 2017, 1 p.m.

Kinky Boots Al Hirschfeld Theatre 302 W. 45th St between 8th and 9th aves Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1 p.m.