The Broadway Bridges programme which offers heavily discounted tickets for the famous New York City theatre district to school children has resumed ahead of the spring season.
Broadway Bridges features some 20 shows, including The Lion King and Wicked, through a partnership between the Broadway League, NYC Public Schools and the United Federation of Teachers.
The scheme aims to offer every public high school student in New York City the opportunity to attend a Broadway show prior to their graduation. Schools in all five boroughs are offered discounted $10 (£7.90/€9.20) tickets for tenth-grade students.
Shows that are participating in this year’s spring cycle also include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Chicago and Aladdin.
“Broadway Bridges provides the significant opportunity for New York City high school students to attend Broadway shows right in their own hometown,” said The Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin.
“It’s a vital part of arts education to ensure that students have access to experiencing live theatre as early and as often as possible. We are most thankful to our partners at NYC Public Schools, the United Federation of Teachers, and the New York City Council who help make Broadway Bridges possible.”
Since launching in 2017, a total of 436 New York City public high schools have been served by the programme with more than 100,000 sophomore students and chaperones taking part.
Last year saw 20,157 people participate in Broadway Bridges, while more are hoped to come this year.
“Broadway Bridges opens the door to the stellar arts and culture scene in New York City for our students, showing these young artists what they can achieve with hard work and a dream,” said New York City schools chancellor David Banks.
“I can’t wait for more of our young people to experience the magic of Broadway and am grateful to our partners for their continued support in making this program possible.”
Other shows featuring this year are & Juliet, A Beautiful Noise – The Neil Diamond Musical, Back to the Future: The Musical and Moulin Rouge!