Theatre Development Fund (TDF) has launched the 2022-2023 season of its veterans theatregoing program.
The organization has received an $88,000 grant to support the program, courtesy of the New York City Council and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the NYC Council.
Founded in 2017, the program provides veterans and their families with the opportunity to attend Broadway shows and other productions for free. TDF partners with veterans organizations in NYC to give out the tickets.
TDF also provides complimentary memberships to participating veterans to encourage their continued theatregoing around the city.
There are currently 12 productions on Broadway (and beyond) committed to providing free tickets to veterans, including “1776,” “Aladdin,” “Cost of Living,” “Beetlejuice,” “Topdog/Underdog” and more.
“Thanks to the support provided by the NYC Council and its committee on veterans, we have been able to send thousands of NYC veterans and their families to the best that Broadway has to offer at no cost to them for the past five seasons,” says Victoria Bailey, TDF’s executive director. “We cannot overstate the gratitude we have for the city’s veterans and their service.”
“As this program grows, so does the generosity of the Broadway shows that welcome veterans into their theaters,” added director of TDF accessibility programs Lisa Carling. “Vets tell us that there is nothing as exciting as the shared experience of live performance with their fellow veterans and family members.”