Actors With Autism To Star On Broadway
A musical centering on a group of young adults with autism is heading to Broadway this fall.
“How to Dance in Ohio” is based on the 2015 documentary by the same name, which followed a group of individuals on the spectrum in Columbus, Ohio as they worked with a psychologist to prepare for a spring formal.
In the movie, which aired on HBO, the group learns about the layout of the venue, practices how to accept an invitation to dance, how to touch people and other social skills.
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The musical premiered at Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, N.Y. in 2022. It features seven actors with autism, who will all be making their Broadway debuts, portraying the real-life young adults with autism from the documentary.
“‘How to Dance in Ohio’ is a story about people on the cusp of the next phase of their lives, facing down hopes and fears, ready to take a momentous first step … and dance,” according to those behind the musical.
The cast will be rounded out by Broadway veterans from shows like “Les Miserables,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Shrek the Musical” and others.
“How to Dance in Ohio” will start previews on Nov. 15 and open on Dec. 10 at the Belasco Theatre in New York.
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