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BROADWAY VERSION OF 'THE LION KING' TO BE AUTISM-FRIENDLY

BROADWAY VERSION OF 'THE LION KING' TO BE AUTISM-FRIENDLY

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"The Lion King" on Broadway will be the first major New York show to host a performance geared specifically for individuals with autism.

The performance, scheduled for Oct. 2, is part of a new pilot program from the Theatre Development Fund called the Autism Theatre Initiative, whose goal is to make theater accessible to children and adults on the autism spectrum -- including those with Asperger's syndrome -- and their families.

TDF, a nonprofit group, said it has purchased every seat for the Oct. 2 performance at the Minskoff Theatre for sale to families whose members include individuals with autism.

The special performance will feature a reduction of jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience, according to TDF. In addition, there will be designated quiet areas in the lobby, staffed with autism experts, in case individuals need to leave their seats during the performance. (more)

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Article by DAVID NG, L.A. Times | Read full article here

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