Broadway In Chicago will offer a sensory-friendly performance of The Lion King

Jul 28, 2022
The Lion King at Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago

Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway In Chicago announced that they will have a sensory-friendly performance of Disney's The Lion King on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at 2 PM at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph Street). Performed in a supportive and judgment-free environment, this performance will provide the opportunity for autistic individuals, as well as people with sensory processing disorders and other disabilities, to enjoy the shared experience of live theatre. This marks the first-ever sensory-friendly performance of a Broadway In Chicago show.

Lou Raizin, President of Broadway In Chicago, states, "We are proud to host this sensory-friendly performing arts experience that welcomes and celebrates inclusion. This event invites children, families, and communities of all ages who may benefit from a relaxed performance environment. Theatre is for everyone."

Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway In Chicago are partnering with Aspire, local nonprofit experts in disability inclusion. Aspire's team of accessibility specialists will provide a sensory audit, support environmental planning, train staff and volunteers, and help to ensure an inclusive and welcoming guest experience. Slight adjustments to the production will be implemented, including low house lights, exclusion of strobe lighting, and softened sounds.

This production is open to the public, but customary theater rules will be relaxed. Audience members can stand, move, talk, and make noise as needed, and the lobby will offer quiet spaces and activity areas for families. Guests are encouraged to bring their own sensory items, seat cushions, comfort objects, and extra support items to the theater to use during the performance. 

The Tony award-winning Best Musical will play a nine-week return engagement at the Cadillac Palace Theatre beginning Thursday, November 17, 2022, with performances through Saturday, January 14, 2023.