Frozen, SpongeBob SquarePants, More to Offer Autism-Friendly Performances | Playbill

Broadway News Frozen, SpongeBob SquarePants, More to Offer Autism-Friendly Performances TDF’s season of accessibility programming will begin July 15 with SpongeBob SquarePants.

TDF has announced its schedule of autism-friendly Broadway performances for the 2018–2019 season.

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Founded as part of TDF’s Accessibility Programs, the initiative is in its eighth season of coordinating autism-friendly, discounted performances of Broadway shows to families of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

The season will kick off with a performance of SpongeBob SquarePants July 15, followed by The Lion King (September 30), Frozen (November 4), Aladdin (March 3, 2019), and My Fair Lady (May 5).


The performances included in the program are presented in an environment supportive to children and adults on the autism spectrum; flashing lights and jarring sounds are diminished and a play area is usually present in the lobby of the theatre.

“We try to present show that families say they really want to see, and this season we have five great productions from the top of the most requested list,” said TDF Director of Accessibility Programs Lisa Carling. “Our wonderful pool of volunteers is expanding to include even more professionals in the autism field. It’s truly exciting to be heading into this eighth year seeing how much the program has grown in audience numbers and impact.”

In the past, TDF has presented autism-friendly performances of such shows as Cats, Come From Away, Kinky Boots, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked.

Although the July 15 performance of SpongeBob SquarePants has sold out, tickets for the remaining autism-friendly presentations will be available six to eight weeks before the respective performance. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit

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