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Constellations, Curious Incident, and King and I, Receive Broadway League Education Grants

Broadway comes to the classroom.

Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe in The King and I, a 2015 recipient of The Broadway League's Education Grant.
Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe in The King and I, a 2015 recipient of the Broadway League's Education Grant.
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The Broadway productions of Constellations, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and The King and I have been awarded the Broadway League's 2015 New York Education Grants. Each production received a $5,000 grant toward its 2015 educational and engagement initiatives, helping to create more opportunities for young people.

"The submissions this year were of such high quality that it was challenging to select only two programs, so we awarded three," said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League. "As shows continue to create more innovative educational programs than ever before, it’s important to provide support for the Broadway industry to encourage students of all ages to learn, grow, and continue to experience theater."

The Broadway League established the New York Education and Engagement Grants in 2002 to recognize education initiatives and to support related programs for Broadway shows.

Since January, Manhattan Theatre Club has been engaging students, teachers, and families in initiatives centered on Nick Payne’s Constellations, which played at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre this winter.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time‘s "Our Curious Community" program will partner with New York City institutions including the MoMath Museum of Mathematics, the World Science Festival, and the New York Public Library. The program will immerse 60 students over the course of a year in the world of the show and topics related to mathematics, science, literature, theater production, and fitness.

The King and I, which opens at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre on April 16, will bring 1,200 students and 25 teachers to an all-student matinee performance. To prepare students for their experience, LCT teaching artists will conduct three pre-show workshops in all participating classrooms. The program will explore the different cultural backgrounds of the protagonists and the political conflicts between the East and the West in the 1860s.

For tickets to The King and I, click here.

For tickets to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, click here.

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