NYMF Announces Autism-Friendly Performances of Two Family-Friendly Shows

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is proud to announce autism-friendly performances of two family-friendly shows at the 2014 Festival.  The shows are performed in a supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other sensitivity issues.

 Slight adjustments to the production may be made, including reduction of any jarring sounds or light cues. The theatre lobby will have a quiet/activity area, staffed with autism specialists, for those who needed to leave their seats during the performance. Downloadable social stories (in Word format), with pictures of the theatres and productions, will be made available in advance of the performances. These are designed to personalize the experience for each attendee with ASD. As with all NYMF performances, tickets are only $25, which includes one fidget toy per seat.

The Autism Theatre Initiative (ATI) at Theatre Development Fund (TDF) www.tdf.org/autism is serving as a consultant for these autism friendly productions.

“After witnessing how inclusive ATI productions are, I realized what an important initiative it is and wanted to bring it to NYMF audiences,” said Director of Programming, Mary Kate Burke. “The spirit of this community is incredible and I am delighted that this is a new offering at our festival.”


The Snow Queen
How far would you go to save a friend?
Be spirited away by this new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastical coming-of-age adventure. Join Gerda on a dangerous and whimsical quest to save her best friend Kai before he is trapped forever in the Snow Queen’s palace. Dare to enter a world where flowers sing, animals talk, and riddles yearn to be solved. With an original pop rock score, alluring ballads, urban steam punk flair, and the enigmatic Snow Queen, you'll soon see this is not your average bedtime story.

Rescue Rue
Find your happily “furever” after!
When a little dog named Rue wishes for a “Happily Ever After” from her Fairy Dogmother, she soon embarks on an emotional journey of self-discovery and belonging. Kicked out of her home, Rue meets new friends and enemies alike on the street and at the pound before finding her “Furever” home in NYC and realizing life is really about finding your happy beginnings, not endings! Based on a true adoption story, this family-friendly pop musical is told by a colorful cast of puppets and people. Fun for all ages!

For information about booking tickets contact (212) 352-3101 or visit nymf.org.

If you have questions about the performance or the Autism Theatre Initiative please contact autism@tdf.org.

Memberships and single tickets for the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival are available at www.nymf.org or by calling (212) 352-3101. For a schedule of shows, please visit: www.NYMF.org/daybyday


The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects; nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community; and connecting one of America's greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience.

Now in its eleventh year, the Festival is the largest musical theatre event in America. The preeminent site for launching new musicals and discovering new talent, the Festival provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theatre fans. More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in 48 states, and in more than 20 countries worldwide. Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony Award® and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work "creating and nurturing new musical theatre, ensuring the future of this essential art form."

NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2014 is presented in association with Fuzzrocket, TheaterMania, and Production Resource Group. NYMF is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating and tickets to individual events, are currently available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org/member