SpongeBob SquarePants

TDF Autism-Friendly Performance

TDF is proud to present an autism-friendly performance of:

SpongeBob SquarePants the Broadway Musical

at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway, New York, NY 10036)


Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.


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.

About The Show:

A volcano near the underwater town of Bikini Bottom is going to erupt soon. While some want to flee, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy search for a solution. Meanwhile, Plankton & Karen are hatching a plan to get Bikini Bottom to love The Chum Bucket. Squidward organizes a benefit concert. As the town dissolves into chaos, SpongeBob and friends have a limited amount of time to stop the volcano and save their town. Based on the beloved cartoon and featuring original songs from some of the biggest names in music this unique show reminds us that the power of optimism can save the world! 

Running time:

Two hours and 20 minutes. One intermission.


  • Strobes and flashing lights will be used during some musical numbers.
  • Beach balls will be tossed into the audience.
  • Streamers will fall from the ceiling and are used to decorate the walls of the theatre.
  • Characters will be in the aisles at certain points.
  • The show includes siren and fog horn sound effects.
  • There is NO ELEVATOR access to Rows AA - J on the mezzanine level.
  • The rake of the BALCONY is extremely STEEP. 


    What They're Saying:



    “An inspired Broadway extravaganza!"

    "Wonders pour from the stage in a ravishing stream of color and invention"



    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 his or her 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 and guide to attending the show will also be available. 

    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.

    Ticket Price:

    • Orchestra: $78.50
    • Rear/Side Orchestra: $60.50
    • Front Mezzanine: $73.50
    • Mid Mezzanine: $68.50
    • Inner Mezzanine: $50.50
    • Rear Mezzanine: $38.50
    • Balcony: $25.50
    • Wheelchair locations and companion seats available on each level. Transfer seats are also available on each level.
    Please note you do not need to be a TDF member to purchase tickets.

    Questions? Email: autism@tdf.org 

    AVOID SCAMS! THIS IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL SITE TO OBTAIN TICKETS to this autism-friendly performance on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. 

    Tickets purchased from other sellers are not valid. 

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

    Darlene and Stuart Altschuler
    Helene Berger and Ilene Berger
    Clover Bergmann
    The Bulova Stetson Fund
    Holly Cohen
    The FAR Fund
    The Joseph H. Flom Foundation
    Iona College Players, Speech and Hearing Club, and American Sign Language Class
    Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council
    National Endowment for the Arts New York City Council New York City Department of Cultural Affairs New York State Council on the Arts 
    Stavros Niarchos Foundation 
    Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation
    Seventh District Foundation
    The Taft Foundation
    The Shubert Foundation
    The Joseph H. LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund, Inc.

    This program is supported, in part, by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

    This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.