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JUNE 2019 / NEW YORK, NY

YOUR BROADWAY DEBUT

Performing arts students from around the country share a stage with the biggest names on Broadway for an inspirational night to benefit Autism Speaks!

APPLY NOW before all the spots are filled!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

  • EASY! We're happy you're considering joining this incredible evening!
  • Download and submit the Arts for Autism application to info@artsforautism.net.
  • Along with the application, please submit video links of group performances.

HOW CAN MY SCHOOL APPLY TO PERFORM?

"This event to me is special because it shows that there isn't one way to tell a story. The power of song. The power of dance. It has a farther reach than just entertainment. We can do something. We can do something really important."


- Kelvin Moon Loh, The King and I & Spongebob

Arts for Autism 2017 Highlights

Arts for Autism 2016 Highlights

Arts for Autism is a one night annual Broadway benefit where the biggest names on Broadway join performing arts students from around the country onstage at the Gershwin Theatre (home to Wicked). Together they'll perform, spread awareness, and inspire compassion, kindness, and understanding for those affected by autism. This year will mark the third annual benefit concert with 100% of the ticket sale proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks. The show raised $36,000 in 2016 and $45,000 in 2017. We are looking forward to another exciting and impactful event this June! 

WHAT IS ARTS FOR AUTISM?

In 2016 and 2017 the show was hosted by Tony Award Winner, Kelli O'Hara (The King and I). Joining her were Tony Award nominees Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos), Chris Jackson (Hamilton), Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along), and many more! Performers from the following Broadway hits have starred in Arts for Autism: 


Wicked

Matilda

Les Miserables

Beautiful

Dear Evan Hansen

Hamilton

The King and I

Newsies

Falsettos

Side Show

Bright Star

Shuffle Along

Jersey Boys

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Finding Neverland

Once

In The Heights

Motown The Musical

Rocky

Pacific Overtures

Murder for Two

Bye Bye Birdie


In addition to watching your favorite Broadway actors perform on one stage, you will learn the personal stories, triumphs and challenges from those on the autism spectrum and their family members. A keynote speaker delivers powerful perspective through their journey, and the annual and powerful "I believe" statements are made by youth on the spectrum. It is a magical night ending in a supportive standing ovation and not a dry eye in the house.

PAST BROADWAY PERFORMERS

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

How it all works. The show is open to dance groups, choir groups, and musical theatre groups. Selected student performance groups are given a Broadway number to choreograph and rehearse at their home studio. Once in New York City, student groups will work with Broadway choreographers and directors to finalize routines, integrate Broadway actors into the number, and rehearse on stage. Our Broadway orchestra and choir will accompany each number and lighting will be timed on stage setting the magical mood of the evening.


We recommend participation in the Arts for Autism benefit concert be bookended by a few days in New York City to explore and immerse your students in the performance culture of the Big Apple. We will put together a customized itinerary that fits your educational goals, as well as handle all reservation and logistics. We do it all for you, so you can focus on what's most important, your students.  

FOR PERFORMANCE EDUCATORS

IN THE NEWS

$45,000

1200

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID IN 2017

1

150+

STUDENTS

RAISED FOR

AUTISM SPEAKS

28

NIGHT

BROADWAY STARS

PEOPLE IN ATTENDENCE

STARRING:

  • Kelli O'Hara - Tony Award Winner, The King and I (Host)
  • Paul Alexander Nolan - Once
  • Erin Davie - Side Show
  • Emily Padgett - Bright Star
  • Carly Hughes - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
  • Dominic Scaglione Jr - Jersey Boys
  • Jevon McFerrin - Jersey Boys


  • David Alpert - Director
  • Sonny Paladino - Musical Director
  • Assef Gleizner - Orchestrations & Vocal Arrangements
  • Jacque Carnahan - Artistic Director
  • Michael Holzer - Producer
  • The Doo Woop Project - Performance Group

THE 2016 BROADWAY CAST

  • Ben Cook - Newsies
  • DeMarius Copes - Newsies
  • Daniel J Deluca - Newsies
  • Damon Gillespie - Newsies
  • Gina Claire Mason - Wicked


  • Dwayne Cooper - Motown
  • Dominic Nofi - Motown
  • John Michael Dias - Jersey Boys
  • Correy West - South Pacific
  • Erikka Walsh - Once
  • Julia Murney - Wicked
  • Joseph Morales - In the Heights
  • Jennifer DiNoia - Wicked
  • Julie Reiber - Wicked



CREATED BY:

"I believe all people need to be respected and accepted for who they are."

- Laura Osnes, Two-Time Tony Award Nominee, Cinderella & Bonnie & Clyde

We are thrilled to support Autism Speaks with this exciting and meaningful event. Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. Through partnerships and collaboration, Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; being a catalyst for research breakthroughs; increasing early-childhood screening and intervention; improving the transition to adulthood; and ensuring access to reliable information and services throughout the life span. For more information about Autism Speaks please visit www.autismspeaks.org

About Autism Speaks

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  • Download and submit the Arts for Autism application to info@artsforautism.net.
  • Along with the application, please submit video links of group performances.

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