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TDF's Access for Young Audiences program has recently begun presenting audio described performances for young theatregoers who are blind or have low vision.




We are proud to announce that Theatre Development Fund (TDF) is piloting a new program, Autism Theatre Initiative, to make theatre accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and their families. 

The program, which is a part of TDF's Accessibility Programs (TAP), will present the first autism-friendly performance of a Broadway show at Disney's landmark musical THE LION KING at the Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th Street, NYC) on Sunday, October 2 at 1pm.

In order to be autism-friendly, the show is being performed in a friendly, supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.  Slight adjustments to the production will include reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience.  In the theatre lobby there will be staffed quiet areas, if anyone needs to leave their seats during the performance.

A downloadable social story (in Word format) with pictures of the theatre and production is available on this page, designed to personalize the experience for each attendee with ASD.

Tickets are being offered through TDF at affordable prices:

Orchestra (all seats) -- $79
Front Mezzanine (Rows A-G) & Box Seats -- $67.50
Mid-Mezzanine (Rows H-J) -- $57.50
Rear Mezzanine  (Rows K-L) -- $38.00

Limit 6 tickets per order.  For larger groups and further information contact Deborah Stein, Coordinator of Autism Theatre Initiative:  or call (212) 912-9770 x383 - Monday - Friday 11am to 3pm.

Running time:  Two hours and thirty minutes, including one intermission.
Now in its 14th year, over 55 million people worldwide have come to discover the wonder, the majesty, and the truly one-of-a-kind experience that is THE LION KING.  Hailed by Newsweek as "a landmark event in entertainment," THE LION KING is a breathtaking musical adventure that stretches the boundaries of Broadway, from the heart of Africa to the plains of your imagination.  THE LION KING won six 1998 Tony┬« Awards:  Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical, making Taymor the first woman in theatrical history bestowed with the honor. 


TDF wishes to acknowledge the following donors for their generous support of  the Autism Theatre Initiative:

The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area
Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation