TDF’s Autism Theatre Initiative will launch its seventh season with the first-ever autism-friendly performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats July 16 at 2 PM at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street).
ATI’s sixth season presented sold-out performances of Aladdin, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, and The Phantom from the Opera. The remainder of the 2017–2018 ATI season will be announced later this summer.
“We’re thrilled to be able to begin our seventh season with this amazing production,” said TDF Director of Accessibility Programs Lisa Carling in a statement. “After each performance we survey our audience members to find out which shows they’d like to see. The overwhelming response this year was for Cats, and we’re grateful to the production for allowing us to be able to share this classic with this new audience.”
Each autism-friendly show is performed in a supportive environment for families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. Slight adjustments to the production are made, including reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience. Quiet and activity areas staffed with autism specialists are available in the lobby areas for those who need to leave their seats during the performance.
For these performances, TDF purchases every seat in the theatre for sale at discount prices.
Check out footage from the Broadway revival below: