BY JON CRONIN
New York City veterans of all ages now have the opportunity to enjoy the bright lights of Broadway due to an initiative by the Theatre Development Fund and Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).
Earlier this week TDF, a nonprofit with the mission of making performing arts available to everyone, announced with Ulrich, who is the chairman of the council’s Veterans’ Committee, that the TDF Veterans Theatregoing pilot program will offer a limited number of tickets to city veterans. The tickets will be distributed through local veterans groups.
At the pilot program kick-off on Dec. 17, 50 of the city’s veterans attended an afternoon performance of Miss Saigon.
TDF will also offer complimentary memberships to any participating veterans, so that they can continue theatergoing at reduced costs.
There are currently tickets available for Beautiful on Jan. 21, Come From Away on Jan. 25, School of Rock on Jan. 29, Chicago on Feb. 4, A Bronx Tale on May 16 and Kinky Boots on May 19.
“I am proud to support TDF’s Veterans Theatregoing Program, which will give our nation’s heroes access to some of the most popular shows on Broadway,” Ulrich said. “This initiative serves as a small token of appreciation to New York City’s veterans.”
Victoria Bailey, TDF’s executive director, said, “This pilot program helps solidify our ongoing commitment to make sure that everyone in New York City has access to the performing arts.”
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