Theatre Development Fund’s Autism Theatre Initiative is proud to present an autism-friendly performance of WICKED at The Gershwin Theatre (222 West 51st Street, NYC) on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 1pm.
To create an autism-friendly setting, 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. In the theatre lobby there will be quiet areas staffed with autism specialists, 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. Additional resources for this performance, such as a Parent Guide and link to music from the show, are also available.
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes, including one intermission.
For a Virutal Tour of The Gershwin Theatre Click Here- http://bit.ly/WickedMap
Note: To reach the balcony click the #2 in the top right hand corner
IMPORTANT: There are scenes in this show that depict bullying. Monkeys do fly over the audience briefly. They DO NOT land in the audience. When selecting tickets please be aware that some set pieces and props are within arm’s reach of the seats in the first 3 rows. In addition some fog may be felt in the first 3 rows as well.
Don’t forget to stop by The Wonderful Wizard’s One-stop photo op! Pose with your friends in front of the greenified screen and our merchkins will magically transport your swankified image to the world of Wicked with Elphaba and Glinda. From the downstairs lobby, find the photo op by taking the escalators on the right hand side up to the main floor. Take home the ultimate souvenir, where you’re part of the show! For the matinee on March 2nd, Wicked will offer a special discount on photos: $10 for a digital version e-mailed to you directly, and $20 for a printout with paper frame.
Introducing the Autism Theatre Initiative’s Restaurant Partnership! Participating restaurants will be staffed with trained TDF volunteers after the performance and have adjusted lights and sound to be autism-friendly. We encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity after the show. Participating restaurants include:
The Melt Shop
135 West 50th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019 (next door to THE little BEET)
Phone: (212) 974- 3423
36 West 48th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 459-9600
PARKING & DIRECTIONS
The Gershwin Theatre is located at: 222 West 51st Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue. You can also access the theatre from West 50th Street. MAP
Closest: C/E to 50th St/8th Ave
Next closest: 1 to 50th St/Broadway
The M50 stops directly across the street from the theater on 50th Street.
You can also use HopStop for point to point directions
**PLEASE NOTE: Check The MTA Website for up to date service changes**
Closest: QuikPark (2 entrances) 285 West 50th St (between Broadway and 8th Avenue) 284 West 51st Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Next Closest: Central Parking 250 West 50th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Click Here to be redirected to NYC.Bestparking.com for coupon and to view other garages nearby
Please Note: TDF is not affiliated with any of the transportation services or websites listed above
TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!!
Tickets were offered through TDF at the following prices:
Orchestra -- $79.00
Front Mezzanine -- $79.00
Mid Mezzanine -- $58.00
RRear Mezzanine -- $43.00
Daring, ground-breaking and absolutely spectacular, WICKED is Broadway’s most popular show!
TDF wishes to acknowledge the following donors for their generous support of the Autism Theatre Initiative:
Seventh District Foundation
Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund - General Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Helene Berger Foundation
Bulova Stetson Fund
The FAR Fund
Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
The Flom Family Foundation
New York Collaborates for Autism with the proceeds from Comedy Central’s 2012 Night of Too Many Stars
Bellanca S. Rutter
The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund, Inc.
Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundationr
The Winter Family Fund