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“We’re thrilled to have begun our twelfth year of ‘Talking Hands’ with Disney’s production of TARZAN®,” said Lisa Carling, TDF’s Director of Accessibility Programs. “For our first “Talking Hands” show in 1995, we brought 100 deaf and hard of hearing students to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which provided a wonderful gateway to the theatre for these children for whom Broadway had, until then, been inaccessible. Since then we have been able to open up the world of theatre to 10,000 of these students with hearing loss.”
"Disney is delighted to continue our education and outreach partnership with Theatre Development Fund”, producer Thomas Schumacher said. “TDF’s programs such as "Talking Hands" and “Open Doors” go hand-in-hand with Disney Theatrical Productions’ desire to ensure that diverse audiences are able to experience our productions.”
ABOUT TALKING HANDS:
Talking Hands is Theatre Development Fund’s Arts-in-Education program for elementary and secondary school students with hearing loss in the tri-State area. Talking Hands provides access to the theatre for these mostly first-time theatergoers by simultaneously providing sign language interpretation and open captioning at performances of Broadway productions. Prior to attending the performances, TDF provides a teaching artist who meets with the students in their classrooms for a pre-performance workshop. This program is offered by TDF to schools at no cost. Since it was founded in 1995 with special sign language interpreted performances of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Talking Hands has reached over 10,000 students who are deaf or hard of hearing, from 25 different schools in the
ABOUT THEATRE DEVELOPMENT FUND:
TDF is the largest not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts in the
TDF’s combined programs have filled over 60 million theatre seats; provided subsidy support to over 800 plays, including 28 Pulitzer prize honorees; and returned over a billion dollars in revenue to theatre, dance and music organizations. TDF’s TKTS ticket booth, known the world over for its same day discount tickets is currently operating at a temporary location outside the NY Marriott Marquis during the construction of a new booth and revitalization of
TDF’s membership and voucher programs touch the lives of thousands of New Yorkers who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the unique experience of theatre. TDF also presents highly regarded sign language interpreted performances for the Deaf Community (in addition to open captioned performances), sponsors comprehensive training courses for future producers, and maintains a 65,000 item Costume Collection. More about TDF and its programs may be found at our Web site at www.tdf.org
From the producers of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, TARZAN® is based on the Disney animated film and features music and lyrics by Phil Collins.
The original cast recording of TARZAN® was released by Walt Disney Records and is available now at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, in music stores nationwide and at online retailers including Amazon, iTunes and Disney Shopping.
The production stars Josh Strickland as Tarzan, Jenn Gambatese as Jane, Merle Dandridge as Kala, Shuler Hensley as Kerchak, Chester Gregory II as Terk, Timothy Jerome as Professor Porter and Donnie Keshawarz as Clayton. Alex Rutherford and Dylan Riley Snyder alternate in the role of Young Tarzan.
Three-time Tony Award® winner Bob Crowley (Aida, Carousel, The History Boys), directs and designs scenery and costumes for TARZAN®. Oscar® and seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Phil Collins has written the music and lyrics, expanding his songs for Disney’s film into a complete theatre score. Tony Award®-winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) has written the book, based on Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the film, Tarzan®. Choreography is by Meryl Tankard, with aerial design by Pichón Baldinu (De La Guarda). Lighting design is by Tony Award®-winner Natasha Katz (Aida) and sound design is by John Shivers. Other members of the creative team include Paul Bogaev (Music Producer/Vocal Arrangements) and Doug Besterman (Orchestrations).
More than 90 years ago, Edgar Rice Burroughs introduced TARZAN® to the world in the October 1912 issue of “All Story Magazine.” The character was an instant sensation. Since then, he has been featured in 26 authorized novels and 44 motion pictures. Now Disney Theatrical Productions brings TARZAN® to the Broadway stage.
In addition to performances Wednesday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM and Thursday at 8:00PM, TARZAN® plays five weekend performances: Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM, and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Tickets for TARZAN® are available at www.DisneyOnBroadway.com, the Richard Rodgers Theatre Box Office, and all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling Ticketmaster’s Disney on Broadway hotline at (212) 307-4747. Prices range from $20 - $110. For group sales and information please call (800) 439-9000.
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TARZAN® owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and used by permission.