Theatre Development Fund News

THE LION KING, SPIDER-MAN and WICKED to Offer 2013-14 TDF Autism Theatre Initiative Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2013

TDF's Autism Theater Initiative (ATI) announces a slate of autism-friendly performances on Broadway for the 2013-14 theatre season. The Initiative, which operates under the auspices of Theatre Development Fund's Accessibility Programs (TAP), will present autism-friendly performances of three blockbuster Broadway musicals. They are: Disney's THE LION KING on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at 1pm at the Minskoff Theatre; SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Darkon Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 2pm at the Foxwoods Theatre; and WICKED on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 1pm at the Gershwin Theatre. (more...)

BWW TV: Watch Highlights from TKTS' 40th Anniversary Celebration with Harvey Fierstein, Julie Halston & FORBIDDEN BROADWAY!
by Randy Rainbow - Jul 06, 2013

Just last week, TKTS in Times Square, the same-day discount theatre outlet for Broadway and Off Broadway shows celebrated 40 years in Times Square. Beginning at 11am, there was a special celebration in honor of TKTS' 40th Anniversary behind the TKTS Booth on Broadway and 47th Street. Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and Broadway star Julie Halston made special appearances to help with the festivities. Check out highlights from the festivities below! (more...)

South Street Seaport TKTS to Reopen at New Temporary Location on Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 05, 2013

Theatre Development Fund (TDF) announced that it will reopen its South Street Seaport TKTS Discount Booth at a temporary location at the corner of Fulton and South Streets this Today, July 5 at 11am while its permanent home in the Seaport Marketplace at the corner of Front and John Streets is being renovated. This temporary location, in a pop-up retail container, is part of the Seaport's SEE/CHANGE Summer Program which is offering retail, dining and cultural offerings in an effort to help revitalize the local community. TKTS Seaport has been closed since it was damaged by the Hurricane Sandy last October. (more...)

South Street Seaport TKTS to Reopen at New Temporary Location on 7/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2013

Theatre Development Fund (TDF) announced that it will reopen its South Street Seaport TKTS Discount Booth at a temporary location at the corner of Fulton and South Streets this Friday, July 5 at 11am while its permanent home in the Seaport Marketplace at the corner of Front and John Streets is being renovated. This temporary location, in a pop-up retail container, is part of the Seaport's SEE/CHANGE Summer Program which is offering retail, dining and cultural offerings in an effort to help revitalize the local community. TKTS Seaport has been closed since it was damaged by the Hurricane Sandy last October. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway Celebrates 40 Years of TKTS!
by Walter McBride - Jun 26, 2013

Today, June 26, TKTS in Times Square, the same-day discount theatre outlet for Broadway and Off Broadway shows celebrated 40 years in Times Square. Beginning at 11am, there was a special celebration in honor of TKTS' 40th Anniversary behind the TKTS Booth on Broadway and 47th Street. Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and Broadway star Julie Halston made special appearances to help with the festivities. Check out full coverage of today's celebration below! (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: Halston & Fierstein Team Up to Celebrate TKTS Turning 40!
by Walter McBride - Jun 26, 2013

Today, June 26, TKTS in Times Square, the same-day discount theatre outlet for Broadway and Off Broadway shows celebrated 40 years in Times Square. Beginning at 11am, there was a special celebration in honor of TKTS' 40th Anniversary behind the TKTS Booth on Broadway and 47th Street. Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and Broadway star Julie Halston made special appearances to help with the festivities. Check out a look at today's celebration below! (more...)

Theatre Development Fund Announces Launch of TKTS 7-DAY FAST PASS to Avoid Long Lines!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2013

At today's TKTS Times Square 40th Anniversary celebration, celebrity guests Harvey Fierstein and Julie Halston announced a new program at Theatre Development Fund's TKTS Booth in Times Square - the TKTS 7-Day Fast Pass - whereby TKTS patrons may return to the iconic discount ticket booth within 7 days of their TKTS purchase and walk up to window #1 with their TKTS ticket stub, thereby avoiding the longer lines at peak hours. Thus, allowing them quicker access to purchase same-day discounts or future-performance full-priced tickets. Earlier in the program, TDF announced that theTKTS' satellite booth at South Street Seaport, which has been closed since Hurricane Sandy, is currently under reconstruction and will be open sometime in July. That Booth serves thousands of theatregoers who work and live in Downtown Manhattan. (more...)

Harvey Fierstein & More Set for TKTS Times Square's 40th Anniversary Celebration Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2013

Today, June 26, TKTS in Times Square, the same-day discount theatre outlet for Broadway and Off Broadway shows celebrates 40 years in Times Square. Beginning at 11am, there will be a special celebration in honor of TKTS' 40th Anniversary behind the TKTS Booth on Broadway and 47th Street. A proclamation from the City of New York will be presented to Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and accepted on its behalf by 'The Unofficial Mayor of Broadway,' 4-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. (Fierstein most recently wrote the book for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, which won the most Tony Awards of any production this year, including 'Best Musical'). After the presentation, the cast of Forbidden Broadway will perform a special tribute to TKTS written by the show's creator, Gerard Alessandrini. (more...)

Malcolm Black Honored with Silver Ticket Award at 2013 Dora Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2013

Actor, director, production manager, teacher, writer and artistic director, the venerable Malcolm Black was presented with the Silver Ticket Award at the 34th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, held Monday evening, June 24, 2013 at Toronto's St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the Bluma Appel Theatre. (more...)

Young People's Theatre's CINDERELLA Wins Big at 34th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards - All the Winners Here!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2013

The 34th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards for the 2012/2013 season were handed out in a star-studded ceremony in Toronto on the evening of Monday, June 24 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts' Bluma Appel Theatre, hosted by the hilarious Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, Second City alumni and founding members of the National Theatre of the World. (more...)

Photo Flash: Laura Osnes Rings Bell at New York Stock Exchange!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2013

For the 40th Anniversary of TKTS in Times Square, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella Star Laura Osnes rang the bell to open the New York Stock Exchange with Theatre Development Fund (TDF) Chairman, Earl D. Weiner, Executive Director Victoria Bailey and Managing Director Michael Naumann. Check out photos from the special event below! (more...)

Rick Miller, Louise Pitre, & More to Present at 2013 Dora Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2013

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is pleased to announce the VIP presenters for the 34th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, to be held Monday, June 24 at 7pm at St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts' (StLC) Bluma Appel Theatre and which will also be live-streamed to the TicketPro Doratron in the StLC's Jane Mallett Theatre due to popular demand. (more...)

Robert Forster in THE LIFEGUARD, CLYBOURNE PARK, INFORMED CONSENT and More Set for Geva Theatre's 40th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2013

Geva Theatre Center's Artistic Director Mark Cuddy and Executive Director Tom Parrish are proud to announce the much anticipated 2013-2014 season, the organization's 41st season of producing professional theatre of a national standard for audiences in the Greater Rochester region. The 2013-2014 Wilson Mainstage Season features a high octane, all-American musical; a hilarious homage to a Hitchcock classic film; a new play by the author of Almost, Maine; an Olivier, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play about race and real estate; the world premiere of a play ripped from the headlines; and the finale - a beloved and timeless comedy from an American Master. Geva's magical production of A Christmas Carol has become Rochester's holiday tradition and will return for 2013. (more...)

Harvey Fierstein & More Set for TKTS Times Square's 40th Anniversary Celebration, 6/26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2013

On Wednesday, June 26, TKTS in Times Square, the same-day discount theatre outlet for Broadway and Off Broadway shows celebrates 40 years in Times Square. Beginning at 11am, there will be a special celebration in honor of TKTS' 40th Anniversary behind the TKTS Booth on Broadway and 47th Street. A proclamation from the City of New York will be presented to Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and accepted on its behalf by 'The Unofficial Mayor of Broadway,' 4-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. (Fierstein most recently wrote the book for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, which won the most Tony Awards of any production this year, including 'Best Musical'). After the presentation, the cast of Forbidden Broadway will perform a special tribute to TKTS written by the show's creator, Gerard Alessandrini. (more...)

Franco Boni Receives 2013 George Luscombe Award
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 2013

The George Luscombe Award was inaugurated in 1999. Revolutionary theatre founder and artistic director George Luscombe founded Toronto Workshop Productions in 1959, marking the beginnings of Toronto's alternative theatre movement. He was Artistic Director for 27 years at TWP. (more...)

Paul Templin Honored with 2013 Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 2013

The Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award (LMJH Award) was inaugurated in 2008 and recognizes the important work of theatre, dance and opera administrators. Recipients of the LMJH Award have at least 10 years of demonstrated commitment to the performing arts, in addition to having made an impact on the industry in Toronto. The award is named after Leonard McHardy and John Harvey, the celebrated owners of Toronto's Theatrebooks, which they co-founded in 1975, and which now stands as one of the longest surviving independent bookstores in the country. (more...)

Nominations Announced for the 34th Annual DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2013

At a press conference held June 3 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre), the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced 234 nominations for 235 eligible productions for the 34th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which honour excellence in the performing arts in Toronto. (more...)

2013 Dora Award Nominations Announced
by Alan Henry - Jun 03, 2013

At a press conference held June 3 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced 234 nominations for 235 eligible productionsfor the 34th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which honour excellence in the performing arts in Toronto. (more...)

TDF Celebrates Open Doors Graduation Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2013

Over 300 guests including current and past New York City high school students, and the performing arts professional mentors who have participated in TDF's Open Doors, the theatre arts mentoring program that TDF founded in 1998 with playwright Wendy Wasserstein, will attend this year's graduation at 5:30pm tonight, June 3 at The Pershing Square Signature Center - Irene Diamond Stage (480 West 42nd Street, NYC). (more...)

TDF to Celebrate Open Doors Graduation, June 3
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2013

Over 300 guests including current and past New York City high school students, and the performing arts professional mentors who have participated in TDF's Open Doors, the theatre arts mentoring program that TDF founded in 1998 with playwright Wendy Wasserstein, will attend this year's graduation at 5:30pm on Monday, June 3 at The Pershing Square Signature Center - Irene Diamond Stage (480 West 42nd Street, NYC). (more...)

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