During each season, Broadway In Boston offers Audio Described, Open Captioned and American Sign Language performances available at both the Boston Opera House and the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre. Please watch this space for a full announcement of 2012-2013 Accessible Performances. If you have questions please direct them to ADABoston@BroadwayInBoston.com.
For patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing - during ASL performances, trained signers convey the story, dialogue and other elements to patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. ASL seats are available in the orchestra, permitting patrons to see both the stage and the signers simultaneously.
Open Captioning is a general term used to describe text displayed simultaneous to live speech, dialogue or performance.
Audio description is a verbal commentary that tells visually impaired theatre-goers what is happening on the stage during the parts of the performance where there is no dialogue (i.e. during fight scenes). The description does not interfere with the performance but fills in the gaps, describing facial expressions, costume, scenery and action sequences so that anyone with a sight problem can follow the plot fully and independently.
By Email: Email to ADABoston@BroadwayInBoston.com.
By Phone: By calling (617) 880-2419 or by TTY: (617) 426-3444. Please leave a detailed message including a day/evening phone number and specific information regarding what kind of special seating need you have.
Broadway In Boston
Attn: Access Seating
Boston Opera House
539 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
All orders must include: name of production, day and evening telephone number, performance date/time and please specify special need request. Please provide check or money order made payable in full to Broadway in Boston.
Other Access accommodations at both the Boston Opera House and the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre include wheelchair seating, infrared assisted listening, Braille programs and large print programs.