Broadway Musical Starring Actors With Autism To Close
A groundbreaking Broadway show starring several actors with autism will close after less than three months.
“How to Dance in Ohio” is about a group of young adults with autism at a counseling center in Columbus, Ohio who are preparing for a spring formal dance.
The musical stars seven actors with autism, all making their Broadway debuts, in leading roles.
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The show is based on the 2015 documentary “How to Dance in Ohio,” which aired on HBO. The film followed individuals on the spectrum as they learned about the layout of the venue, practiced how to accept an invitation to dance, how to touch people and other social skills.
The theatrical version of “How to Dance in Ohio” originally premiered at Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, N.Y. in 2022. More recently, the show began previews at the Belasco Theatre in New York in November and opened in December.
The final Broadway show is scheduled for Feb. 11. At that point, there will have been 99 performances.
“Trying something new is always a risk, and producing this show was an endeavor we eagerly accepted,” the producers said in a statement. “We’re incredibly proud that this original, joyful, and life-affirming musical has deeply moved countless audience members at the Belasco Theatre, and beyond. The production is a testament to our commitment and determination to innovate the creation of new musicals. Broadway has been changed forever because of ‘How to Dance in Ohio’ and all the artists involved. We look forward to seeing its legacy continue in new and exciting ways.”
In addition to featuring cast members with autism, those behind the Broadway version of “How to Dance in Ohio” said that they developed the show to be sensory-friendly and included an accessibility team to ensure that the audience experience is as accessible as possible.
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