A TDF Autism Friendly Performance
See the blockbuster Broadway musical featuring Michael Jackson's hits in a welcoming environment
Neil Simon Theatre
250 West 52nd Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue
New York City
Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m.
Limit nine (9) tickets per order. Wheelchair tickets will be available.
This is a special performance for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other developmental or cognitive disabilities who may benefit, not for the general public.
You do not need to be a TDF member to purchase tickets.
Age recommendation: 8 and older. Children under 5 will not be admitted.
Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 15-minute intermission
About the show: He was one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Now, Michael Jackson's unique and unparalleled artistry has arrived on Broadway. Centered around the making of his 1992 Dangerous World Tour, and created by Tony Award-winning director-choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, MJ The Musical goes beyond the singular moves and signature sound of the star, offering a rare look at the creative mind and collaborative spirit that catapulted Jackson into legendary status.
Accessibility: Orchestra seats do not require stairs. Wheelchair locations are in the orchestra. There is no elevator to the mezzanine. There is one wheelchair-accessible restroom on the orchestra level on house left. Infrared assisted-listening devices are available as well as an induction loop for T-coil.
COVID-19 safety information: Masks are optional but encouraged. Seating will be at full capacity. No physically distanced seating available.
What makes the performance autism-friendly?
To create an autism-friendly event, the show is performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for individuals on the autism spectrum, with sensory sensitivities, communication challenges, and/or learning disabilities. Slight adjustments to lighting and sound are made for the performance. There will be break areas staffed by specialists in the field in the mezzanine and downstairs theatre lobby in case any theatregoers need to leave their seats during the show. A downloadable Event Narrative with pictures of the theatre and the production will be available on this page, along with a Character Guide, a Logistics Guide and additional resources.
We can make no assurances that this performance will be suitable for everyone with autism. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their children’s viewing and engagement with the performance.
If you are concerned that the lighting adjustments may not be enough, feel free to bring sunglasses to wear anytime during the show.
Refunds are on a case-by-case basis up to 30 days before the performance. If you have an exceptional case such as COVID within 30 days of the performance, you must send proof of a positive test to email@example.com for TDF to issue a refund.
TDF wishes to acknowledge the following donors for their generous support of TDF Autism Friendly Performances:
Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, Anonymous, Darlene and Stuart Altschuler, Theodore H. Barth Foundation, Harry S. Black & Allon Fuller Fund, The FAR Fund, Howard Gilman Foundation, Seventh District Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Smart Family Foundation of New York, The Start It! Foundation, The Taft Foundation, Ronald and Catherine Weiss in honor of Joseph Flom
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council's Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities, and Addictions. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.