The Broadway League has announced the 21 productions participating in the spring 2023 season of Broadway Bridges, an initiative that works to provide every New York City public high school student with the chance to see a Broadway show before they graduate.
Broadway Bridges began in 2017 and offers $10 tickets to Broadway shows for tenth-grade students at New York City Department of Education high schools.
Last season, the program saw participation from 23,547 students and chaperones. More than 80,000 students have benefited from the program since its inception.
For this spring season, participating Broadway shows include "Aladdin," "A Beautiful Noise," "Bad Cinderella," "Bob Fosse's Dancin'," "Camelot," "Chicago," "Hadestown," "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," "Kimberly Akimbo," "Leopoldstadt," "Life of Pi," "MJ The Musical," "Moulin Rouge! The Musical," "New York, New York," "Parade," "Peter Pan Goes Wrong," "Shucked," "Six," "Some Like It Hot," "The Lion King" and "Wicked."
"Broadway Bridges creates a lifelong connection to live theater for the students who attend a Broadway show, some for the first time, while also being a source of pride in being a New Yorker. It has also introduced potential careers on Broadway for many of the students," Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, said in a statement.
Schools Chancellor David C. Banks added in a statement, "I am constantly in awe of the talent our young people possess, which is why it is so essential that we nurture and develop these talents, not only setting our students up for successful careers in the arts, but fostering healthy outlets of expression and lifelong passions."
Broadway Bridges is presented with the support of the New York City Department of Education, the United Federation of Teachers, the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Council.