Planning a trip to the Big Apple? Theater lovers who use wheelchairs, or who have trouble with steps, use a service dog or require aisle seating for medical reasons can get a hefty discount on orchestra seats to certain productions through the Theatre Development Fund, an organization dedicated to increasing access to theater for all audiences.
The organization’s Accessibility Program – TAP – offers discounts to patrons with a “documented physical limitation” for Broadway, off-Broadway, and music and dance performances. The discounts, usually 50 percent, also apply to companion tickets. Special seating is assigned according to physical need. Other TAP services include text open captioning, sign-language interpretation and listening devices.
Patrons must become TAP members (free) by filling out an application and providing documentation of their disability, such as a doctor’s note. Members receive monthly mailings listing four to six theatrical events with seating in the orchestra. Specific accessibility information is provided concerning the theater of each listed event, as well as a choice of dates, usually a mix of matinee and evening performances. Ticket order forms are enclosed and the tickets are mailed, so there’s no waiting in line to pick them up at the box office.
For more information, contact TAP:
Phone: (212) 912-9770, ext. 381
Fax: (212) 768-1563
Mail: TDF Accessibility Programs (TAP); 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 801; New York, NY 10018-6507