The Phantom of the Opera

Autism-Friendly performance of The Phantom of the Opera

Theatre Development Fund's Autism Theatre Initiative is proud to present

an autism-friendly performance of

The Phantom of the Opera

at the Majestic Theatre (245 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036)

Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm.

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. Please note you do not need to be a TDF member to purchase tickets.

About The Show
Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, which has been adapted into countless films, The Phantom of the Opera follows a composer who is deformed and haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a gorgeous young soprano with a promising career. As Christine’s star rises, and a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man. Audiences agree—The Phantom of the Opera is Broadway’s longest-running hit. Ever.


  • At the beginning and middle of the show the chandelier swoops down over the first few rows of the orchestra. Please note this when making your seating choices.
  • There are some scary moments with artificial fire thrown by the Phantom.
  • The Rear Mezzanine does not have handrails and is at a fairly steep incline. Please note this when making your seating choices.
  • There is some fog that does not reach the audience but rolls into the orchestra pit.
  • Towards the end of Act One a character falls onto the stage and appears to have been strangled.
  • In Act Two a marksman comes from the orchestra pit and point a gun off stage.
  • Towards the end of the show there is some angry physicality between The Phantom and Christine that could be jarring.

What They're Saying!


"Phantom still delivers the goods! Judging by sheer invention, emotional punch and onstage talent, the venerable blockbuster still beats out almost all of the shippersnappers currently on Broadway. Maria Bjornson's flamboyant gothic design and Harold Prince's fantastical staging still have the gleam of finely polished professionalism."


"Phantom rules! It remains as fresh and spectacular as ever. Andrew Lloyd Webber's score has a visceral tug more than almost any score written in the past 20 years. Beautiful and romantic, I have to tip my hat: The Phantom of the Opera has aged divinely."

What makes it autism-friendly?

To create an autism-friendly performance, the show is being performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for individuals on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, or learning disabilities. Slight adjustments to lighting and sound will be made for the performance. In the downstairs theatre lobby there will be a break area staffed by specialists in the field, if anyone needs to leave their seats during the show.  A downloadable Social Narrative (in Word format) with pictures of the theatre and the production will be available on this page, designed to personalize the experience for individuals wishing to prepare for the show. Additional resources for this performance, such as a Character Guide, Guide to Attending the Show will also be available.

Ticket Prices

Orchestra: $72

Orchestra Partial View: $50

Front Mezzanine: $58

Rear Mezzanine: $48

Boxes: $42

Wheelchair tickets will be available to be purchased online. Please note there are very few wheelchair locations in this theatre.

For larger groups please call 212-912-9770 *608

For other inquiries/issues email 

PLEASE NOTE: Since TDF obtained every seat in the theatre for this special performance, THIS IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL SITE TO OBTAIN TICKETS to this autism-friendly performance on
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM. 

Running time: Two hours and thirty minutes, including one fifteen minute intermission.  

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

Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation
Arts Midwest
Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
Bulova Stetson Fund
Helene Berger Foundation
Holly Cohen
New York Collaborates for Autism with the proceeds from Comedy
Central’s 2012 Night of Too Many Stars
Seventh District Foundation
The FAR Fund
The Flom Family Foundation
The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C.
Warner Fund, Inc.
The National Endowment for the Arts
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation
The Taft Foundation