Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

November 22, 2017
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Autism-friendly Broadway

Broadway’s October 2 matinee performance of The Lion King will have an audience like never before. It’ll be NYC’s first major autistic-friendly show and the city’s Theatre Development Fund has bought every seat as part of their new Autism Theatre Initiative program.

They’re available for purchase at reduced rates starting at US$39 up to US$79 for orchestra seats. Jarring sounds and strobe lights focused into the audience have been reduced for this production. There’ll be designated quiet zones in the lobby with beanbag chairs and colouring books as well as autism experts in case anyone gets overwhelmed in the theatre.

There’s also a downloadable “Social Story” guide online to help prep kids for the show: “When the show starts, I will hear an actor start to sing. It will sound a bit like she is singing “AAAAH!” very loudly. If it is too loud, I can cover my ears, wear my headphones, or hold my Mommy or Daddy’s hand.” For tickets: (212) 912-9770; tdf.org/autism.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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