TDF is partnering with various veterans groups to invite New York City’s former servicemen and women to attend a Broadway show for free. Funding for the program is provided by the New York City Council.
TDF’s Veterans Theatregoing Program also includes talks with veterans who are working with each production to help build a sense of community with former service members in attendance.
The program launched December 17 with a performance of Miss Saigon. Additional shows that have committed to the program include Beautiful, Come From Away, School of Rock, Chicago, A Bronx Tale, and Kinky Boots.
Among the organizations TDF is partnering with to help identify interested veterans are Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders, SAGEVets; Borden Avenue Veterans Residence; CUNY Student Veterans; DE-CRUIT/Bedlam Outreach; Easter Seals; Jericho Project; Samaritan Village; Sam Young American Legion Post #602; Services for the Underserved, Veterans Division; and Veterans of America, Patriot House.
TDF will also offer complimentary TDF Memberships to any participating veterans so they can continue their theatregoing at greatly reduced costs.
“I am proud to support TDF’s Veterans Theatregoing Program, which will give our nation’s heroes access to some of the most popular shows on Broadway,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich, Chair of the Veterans Committee, in a statement. “Though we will never be able to fully repay the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform, this initiative serves as a small token of appreciation to New York City’s veterans. I’d like to thank TDF, and all participating groups, for turning this vision into a reality.”