Assistive Listening Devices
Most Broadway and several Off-Broadway theaters provide infrared assistive listening headsets at no charge (although a nominal, refundable deposit and ID are required).
ShowTrans is a state-of-the-art customer service that provides multilingual scene-by-scene commentary of a theatrical production for the non-English speaking audience. ShowTrans is not a word-for-word translation of the show. The system gives the patron plot information that enables them to follow the action of the show. Commentary is available in Japanese, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, and Korean. Not all shows will offer all languages. Rental fee is $10 per receiver. ID must be provided. For advance reservations, call 212-397-2700.
Disabled Access and Services
Theatre Development Fund's Theatre Accessibility Program (TAP) offers sign-interpreted, open caption and audio described performances to selected shows and discount tickets for people with physical disabilities. For more information, call (voice) 212-912-9770; visit tdf.org/tap; or write to: TAP/TDF, 520 Eighth Avenue, suite 801, New York, NY 10018.
Tele-charge offers wheelchair seating through their Wheelchair Hotline at 212-947-8844. Availability and prices for wheelchair person & companion depend on individual venues.
Theatre Access NYC provides accessibility information on current Broadway shows, including which shows have scheduled open captioned, sign language interpreted, audio described and autism friendly performances; the availability of assisted listening, iCaption and D-Scriptive devices; and mobility information for each venue, including wheelchair access and accessible restrooms. For more information, visit theatreaccess.nyc.