TDF, the not-for-profit service organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone, has announced the 12 New York shows currently scheduled to be part of its TDF Veterans Theatregoing Program for the 2022-23 season.
Through the program, veterans and their families attend shows on Broadway and beyond for free alongside their peers. Currently providing low-cost tickets to TDF for distribution to veterans groups at no cost to participants are 1776 (October 1 at 2 PM), SIX (October 5 at 7 PM), Moulin Rouge! The Musical (October 11 at 7 PM), Cost of Living (October 19 at 7 PM), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (October 30 at 2 PM), Beetlejuice (November 6 at 2 PM), Topdog/Underdog (November 9 at 7 PM), Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes (November 28-29 at 8 PM), Kinky Boots (December 3 at 2 PM and December 7 at 7 PM), Aladdin (January 8, 2023, at 6:30 PM), The Book of Mormon (April 26 at 7 PM), and The Lion King (May 10 at 7 PM).
For the 2022-23 season, TDF is partnering with a host of organizations that serve or include veterans. Returning organizations include Black Veterans for Social Justice, Con Edison Vets, CUNY Office of Veterans Affairs, HousingPlus, James J. Peters Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (two departments), Lehman College, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner, SAGEVets, Samaritan Daytop Village, Samuel H. Young American Legion Post 602, VA New York Harbor Healthcare Brooklyn VA Medical Center, and Wounded Warrior Project, newly joined by America Works, Bank of America, Blue Star Families, HELP USA, Hope For The Warriors, The Mission Continues, New York City Department of Sanitation, Poetic Theater Productions, RBC Employee Resource Groups, School of Visual Arts, and Staten Island Vet Center.
TDF also announced that it recently received an $88,000 grant to support this initiative, thanks to the New York City Council and Robert F. Holden, Chair of the Committee on Veterans, as well as the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the NYC Council led by Speaker Adrienne E. Adams.
"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 TDF Executive Director Victoria Bailey. "We cannot overstate the gratitude we have for the city’s veterans and their service."
Lisa Carling, director of TDF Accessibility Programs, adds, "As this program grows, so does the generosity of the Broadway shows that welcome veterans into their theatres. Vets tell us that there is nothing as exciting as the shared experience of live performance with their fellow veterans and family members."