Arts for Autism 2018
**As of 6/12/18 you have helped raise $39,805!**
Thank you for your continued support.
What is Arts for Autism?
Arts for Autism is a one night annual Broadway benefit where the biggest names in Broadway come together with performance students from around the country to take to the stage and inspire compassion, kindness, and understanding around autism spectrum disorder. This year will mark the third annual Arts for Autism benefit concert, and our third year at the Gershwin Theatre (home to Wicked). 100% of the night's ticket sale proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks. In 2016, the show raised $36,000 and in 2017 the show raised $45,000.
Over the past two years, we've had the honor of having Tony Award Winner, Kelli O'Hara (The King and I), as the night's host. Last year, Tony Award nominees Chris Jackson (Hamilton) and Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along) also joined the cast! Along with their peers from Wicked, Beautiful, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, The King and I, Newsies, Falsettos, Shuffle Along, Jersey Boys, and Carole King the Musical, they came together to do something big!
Other show highlights include student choir and dance groups from around the country, performers and speakers effected by autism, representatives from Autism Speaks, Broadway directors, choreographers, orchestra, and choir, and an exciting and relevant keynote speaker.
How Does It All Work?
During the show, stars are joined on stage by student performance groups from around the country. These young stars are excited to make their Broadway debut, perform with industry greats, and give back in a very big way. The performance groups are given a Broadway number to choreograph and rehearse at home. Once in New York City, one of the Broadway actors will join the group in rehearsals and will integrate seamlessly into the student number with the help of our Broadway choreographers and directors. Our Broadway orchestra and choir will accompany their performance and lighting will be set on stage creating a true Broadway experience. Between numbers, the audience enjoys personal stories and a wealth of impactful information about autism from people directly connected to autism.
Join us is in raising funds for this great cause!