May 13 marks the fourth annual "Teachers' Night On Broadway," a theatre fair geared to bring theatre into the classroom and classes into the theatre.
Sponsored by Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and The League of American Theatres & Producers, in association with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association (TIAA), this 4th annual event takes place at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway.
Over 1,300 teachers from 1,200 tri-state public and private schools are participating in the event, which begins at 2:30 PM. Over 50 Broadway shows will be represented at the event's "Education Fair," where they will distribute education materials and study guides for use in the classroom.
Jim Dale, currently starring in Candide at the Gershwin, will serve as guest artist for the event, encouraging teachers to transmit the "love and appreciation of live performance" to students. After the event, participating teachers will be treated to one of 15 participating shows, including, An American Daughter, The Young Man From Atlanta and Titanic.
Founded in 1968, Theatre Development Fund has as its mission the support of new productions and broadening of audiences bases for commercial theatre. It is now the largest not-for-profit, performing arts service organization in the U.S. Its best-known program is the world-famous Times Square TKTS booth, where theatregoers can buy tickets at a discount of 25 or 50 percent. Other TDF programs include theatre and dance ticket subsidies, the TAP program for the hearing and visually impaired, a voucher program for inexpensive theatregoing, group sales to hospitals and seniors, and a costume collection of more than 75,000 garments and accessories. --By David Lefkowitz