PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
AUTISM-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE OF WICKED
PART OF THE 2017-2018 PNC BROADWAY IN PITTSBURGH SERIES
WILL BE PERFORMED ON
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018 | 2:00PM | BENEDUM CENTER
Pittsburgh—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to present the autism-friendly performance of WICKED on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at the Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA, as a part of its national Broadway tour. Pittsburgh will be the first city outside of New York to offer WICKED in this form. For this autism-friendly performance of WICKED, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust purchases every seat in the theatre for sale at discount prices exclusively to families, groups, organizations and schools whose members include individuals on the autism spectrum and those who have sensory sensitivities.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is committed to making theater accessible to the widest audience possible. “We are thrilled to be a part of leading the national movement to bring theater into the lives of children and adults with sensory sensitivities and their families. Many of our guests may not otherwise be able to experience something as magical as a Broadway show,” shares Vanessa Braun, Manager of Employee Engagement and Director of Accessibility for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. To create an autism friendly setting, the show will be performed in a friendly, supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity.
Slight adjustments to the autism-friendly production of WICKED on Saturday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m. will include reduction of jarring sounds or strobe lights focused into the audience. Audiences will enjoy a Broadway theater experience in a judgement free environment. Staffed quiet and play areas will be open in the lobby before and during the performance. Specially trained volunteers will provide audience support. Ticketing Information: Autism-Friendly performance of WICKED, Benedum Center.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to offer special prices for all patrons on the autism spectrum who would like to attend this Broadway show with their family and friends. Only members of the community who have a family member or friend on the Autism spectrum or who are in need of a sensory-friendly environment themselves may purchase tickets to this autism-friendly performance of WICKED. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust welcomes family and friends to experience the show together. A number of questions must be answered to complete the ticket transaction. You will not be able to print your tickets at home and you will not receive your tickets until two weeks prior to the show.
- Orchestra & Director’s Circle Tickets: $49
- First Tier: $39
- Second Tier: $19For more information about the autism-friendly performance of WICKED on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at the Benedum Center, please call 412-456-2670, visit www.TrustArts.org/Autism or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust expresses a special thanks to the Autism Connection of Pennsylvania for their contributions in support of this event. Please visit www.autismofpa.org for more information about autism and related conditions.
WICKED on stage at the Benedum Center, from January 24 through February 11, 2018, is a season special of the 2017-2018 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America. For tickets to all other performance dates and times call, 412-456-4800 or visit www.TrustArts.org.
WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”
From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”
For more information about WICKED, please visit www.WickedTheMusical.com.
*As a note to all calendar listing editors, the title of the show is WICKED
(not WICKED: A New Musical or WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz).
Broadway Across America
Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel. Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, The Producers, School of Rock and Waitress. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. www.TrustArts.org