Tony Award winner Victoria Clark (Rodgers Hammerstein's Cinderella), the singing string quartet Well-Strung (Edmund Bagnell, Christopher Marchant, Daniel Shevlin, and Trevor Wadleigh), and performers from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will offer performances at the Theatre Development Fund's annual gala on Monday, March 3, at The Edison Ballroom. The event will be hosted by Tovah Feldshuh, who recently starred as Berthe in the Broadway revival of Pippin.
The gala will celebrate the 35th season of TDF's accessibility programs, which offer services to people with physical disabilities as well as individuals on the autism spectrum. This year's honorees include Feld Entertainment, Inc. Executive Vice Presidents Nicole Feld, Alana Feld, and Juliette Feld.
"When TDF originally launched its accessibility programs in 1979, it was created to help theatergoers with mobility issues gain easier access to the theatre," said Victoria Bailey, TDF's executive director. "It is heartening that 35 seasons later TAP provides a variety of services in NYC and around the country from open captioned performances, audio described performances and autism-friendly performances, to help make theatre accessible to all. We're thrilled to honor the Felds because they share the belief that live performance should be available to everyone."
Proceeds from the 2014 gala will support the following programs and services: Access for Young Audiences (AYA), Autism Theatre Initiative (ATI), TAP Plus, Accessible Seating, Audio Description, Open Captioning, Sign Language Interpreting, and our National Theatre Accessibility Programs, which consist of National Open Captioning Initiative and National Autism Advisory Partnerships.