The Broadway League, with the New York City Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers, has announced this fall's participating shows for Broadway Bridges. The initiative's mission to give every public high school student in New York City a chance to see a Broadway show before graduating returns this season.
This fall's roster includes Aladdin, & Juliet, Beetlejuice, Chicago, Death of a Salesman, Funny Girl, Hadestown, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Into the Woods, Kimberly Akimbo, KPOP, Leopoldstadt, The Lion King, MJ The Musical, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, Six, Topdog/Underdog, and Wicked. New York City Department of Education high schools will receive $10 tickets for sophomore students.
“Experiencing a Broadway show can be a life-changing event for our students. They leave the theatre saying, ‘I want to do that,’... Suddenly it’s real. Our educators build on that excitement to help students create that future. I thank our partners at Broadway Bridges for opening this door for so many New York City children,” said Michael Mulgrew, President of the United Federation of Teachers in a statement.
“As the fall brings students back to school and Broadway kicks off an exciting new season, Broadway Bridges brilliantly combines the best of both worlds,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “We are thankful to the 19 Broadway shows participating in the fall 2022 Broadway Bridges program."
“As school gets back underway, it is essential that we continue to prioritize the arts as an essential component in the education of our children. I am proud to continue our partnership with Broadway Bridges and help the young students and artists of New York City experience the magic of Broadway,” said Schools Chancellor David C. Banks.
The program's biggest season to date was last spring when 15,156 students and chaperones participated, with nearly 65% of students attending a Broadway show for the first time. The program initially launched in 2017, with 560 public high schools in 51 city council districts registered to participate.
To learn more, visit BroadwayBridges.org.