TDF Veterans Theatregoing Program

Serving those who served

Thanks to the New York City Council and Robert F. Holden, Chair of the Committee on Veterans, as well as the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the NYC Council led by Speaker Adrienne E. Adams for support of this program.

TDF partners exclusively with veterans organizations in the city who distribute a limited number of tickets to Broadway shows at no cost to their constituents. Post-performance talkbacks are planned, when possible, and complimentary TDF Memberships are provided to participating veterans so they can continue their theatre going at greatly reduced costs. The program is in its fifth season.

Partners past/present this season:
  • America Works
  • Bank of America
  • Black Veterans for Social Justice (BVSJ)
  • Blue Star Families
  • Con Edison Vets
  • CUNY Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Harlem Vet Center
  • Help USA
  • Hope for the Warriors
  • Housing Plus
  • James J Peters VA Medical Center - Community Engagement and Partnerships- Suicide Prevention
  • James J Peters VA Medical Center - Volunteer Services
  • Lehman College
  • Mission Continues
  • New York City Department of Sanitation
  • NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
  • Poetic Theatre Production
  • RBC Employee Resource Group
  • SAGE
  • Samaritan Daytop Village
  • Samuel H Young American Legion Post #602
  • Staten Island Vet Center
  • VA NY Harbor Healthcare System – Brooklyn Campus
  • Wounded Warrior Project
"I am deeply proud to have worked with...our Council colleagues to continue our support for the TDF Veterans Theatregoing Program," said former NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson. "Our cultural institutions, including the bright lights of Broadway, are one of the best parts of our great city and it is important to ensure all New Yorkers can enjoy them, especially veterans. Veterans have served our country and I thank TDF for continuing to serve our veterans."

"TDF is grateful for the increased funding, which allows us to send even more New York City veterans to Broadway," said Victoria Bailey, TDF's Executive Director. "We believe that attending live theatre is a transformative experience, and it's exciting to see the response from this wonderful community who have served this country so selflessly."

"The theatre industry's support is amazing! We thank all the productions that have rallied to this cause on behalf of the many veterans in our city who will benefit." Lisa Carling, Director of TDF Accessibility Programs.

"I hadn't been to a Broadway show in years and the opportunity to go with my fellow vets was an experience I'll never forget," said US Navy Veteran, Robert Wadiak (who first attended with a group of veterans from Samaritan Daytop Village). "These shared experiences help me feel like I'm part of a community again. I'm grateful for the care and concern shown to me by TDF's Accessibility staff who treated us like long lost family. I look forward to attending future shows through TDF."

 

A group of people are sitting in multiple rows of a theatre. Most of them are looking at the camera and smiling. One man is showing thumbs up.

Funding for this program is provided by the New York City Council. 

A man and woman are seated in a theatre. A young girl is in the woman's lap and a young boy is sitting on the man's lap. They are smiling and holding playbills.

Broadway shows offered to TDF Veterans Theatregoing Program participants this season include Aladdin, Beetlejuice, Cost of Living, Hadestown, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, SIX, Sweeney Todd, The Book of Mormon, The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, The Lion King, The Piano Lesson, Topdog/Underdog and 1776.

By the numbers: 56 Broadway performances, over 50 veterans groups, more than 4,000 veterans

A group of people is sitting in theatre seats with their backs towards us. Eight members of a production are seen standing in front of a stage and speaking to the group of seated patrons.

 

A close-up photo of two women holding playbills for The Book of Mormon and smiling. How can I participate?

The TDF Veterans Theatregoing Program is offered at no cost to veterans groups within the five boroughs. To contact us, email veterans@tdf.org or call 212.912.9770, ext. *385.

 

Read more about the TDF Veterans Theatregoing Program on TDF Stages and check out the videos below.










DCA Logo  TDF Veterans Theatregoing Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.