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NYC: Broadway musical presents "first autism-friendly performance"

Aug 20, 2023, Paybill: Broadway's Hadestown Offers Its 1st Autism-Friendly Performance August 20

The Tony-winning musical Hadestown has partnered with TDF, the not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, to present the musical's first autism-friendly performance August 20 at 1 PM ET at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

To create an autism-friendly setting, the show will be performed in a supportive environment for children and adults diagnosed with autism or other sensory sensitivities. Slight adjustments have been made to the production, including the reduction of jarring sounds, lights, and fog focused into the audience. In the theatre lobby, there are also staffed break areas should audience members need to leave their seats during the performance….

…We look forward to discovering, along with our guests at the autism friendly performance, what will resonate for them.”

Tickets were offered by lottery to families with children and adults on the autism spectrum who have previously attended TDF Autism Friendly Performances on Broadway. This matinee is sponsored by Thomas M. Neff.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to offer an autism friendly performance of this amazing show to our families with children and adults on the autism spectrum at no cost,” added Lisa Carling, TDF’s Director of Accessibility Programs. “Due to the generosity of Mr. Neff, these folks who have attended previous autism friendly performances on Broadway are getting an experience they won’t soon forget.”

Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Lillias White as Missus Hermes in Hadestown Matthew Murphy


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