Autism-friendly “Spider-Man” planned for Broadway

dc33mf Autism friendly “Spider Man” planned for Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — The first-ever autism-friendly performance of the Broadway hit “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will take off this spring and tickets go on sale Thursday.

The Theatre Development Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides access to live theater, said Wednesday it bought all the tickets for the matinee on April 27 at the Foxwoods Theatre and will offer them at a discount for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Tickets range in price from $35-$80.

The Spider-Man musical will be the fifth show in the fund’s autism-friendly program. The first was Disney’s “The Lion King” in October 2011, followed last year with performances of “Mary Poppins,” a second performance of “The Lion King” and one of “Elf: The Musical.” Each time, the shows got enthusiastic feedback from grateful families.

Lisa Carling, the Fund’s director of accessibility programs, said surveys taken after previous autism-friendly performances showed strong interest for one of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

“We’re grateful to the show’s producers, management and creative staff and crew for accommodating the Autism Theatre Initiative and uniting with us to make the show an unforgettable experience for all,” she said in a statement.

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Autism-friendly “Spider-Man” planned for Broadway

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