Urban Cowboy, Aida, Millie, Chicago and Others Offer Performances for Hearing Impaired

News   Urban Cowboy, Aida, Millie, Chicago and Others Offer Performances for Hearing Impaired Theatre Development Fund’s Theatre Access Project (TAP) will present a host of sign-language interpreted and open-captioned performances of Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals over the next few months.

The Billy Joel dance hit Movin’ Out will offer an open-captioned performance on March 26 at 2 PM. Open-captioned performances feature a screen to one side of the stage onto which the show’s dialogue is projected. Other open-captioned performances scheduled include Adult Entertainment (March 30 at 6 PM), Enchanted April (April 12 at 2 PM), Urban Cowboy (April 19 at 2 PM), Humble Boy (June 7 at 2:30 PM) and Man of La Mancha (June 11 at 8 PM). Those shows offering American Sign Language-interpreted performances include Urban Cowboy (April 9 at 8 PM), Aida (June 3 at 8 PM), Thoroughly Modern Millie (June 6 at 8 PM) and Man of La Mancha (June 15 at 3 PM). Both A Year With Frog and Toad (May 17 at 3:30 PM) and Chicago (May 3 at 2 PM) will offer performances that are both open-captioned and sign language interpreted.

Those interested in attending these Theatre Access Project performances should call (212) 221-1103 or (212) 719-4537 or e-mail tap@tdf.org.

The 1980 production of The Elephant Man was the first Broadway show to feature a sign language-interpreted performance, and 1996’s Barrymore was the first to offer an open-captioned performance.