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Don't miss this groundbreaking and joyous Broadway musical before it closes Feb 11.
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About How to Dance in Ohio on Broadway

Experience something remarkable for the whole family! How to Dance in Ohio is a “joyful and uplifting new musical” (Time Out New York) exploring the universal need to connect and the courage it takes to step out into the world. Based on a true story, this “feel-good milestone” (The New York Times) follows a group of young adults and their families navigating change and preparing for a spring formal dance—a rite of passage that breaks open their daily routines in Columbus, Ohio. Starring seven autistic actors, How to Dance in Ohio is “an exuberant coming-of-age musical comedy with a superb cast” (The Wall Street Journal). Don’t miss “Broadway’s most original new musical” (The Daily Beast) this holiday season!

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Sensory-friendly performances

The production and creative team of How to Dance in Ohio carefully developed the show to be inherently sensory-friendly (accomodating individuals with sensory sensitivities). How to Dance in Ohio offers advance information about the theatre experience, sensory tool kits, cool-down spaces, and a performance sensitivity list so audience members know what to expect when they arrive. How to Dance in Ohio offers continuing updates on its accessibility and inclusion measures on its social media accounts and mailing list.

Run time

2h 20m (Incl. 15m Intermission)

Start date

November 15th, 2023

End date

February 11th, 2024

Categories

Age

Recommended for 6+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

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Reviews

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Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious
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Resonant, Refreshing, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing
95 / 100
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Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining
90 / 100
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Charming, Crowd-pleasing, Moving
80 / 100
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Fun and friendly, Inspiring, Uplifting, Heartfelt and sincere story, Magically sweet performances
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How to Dance in Ohio on Broadway cast and creative team

By: Rebekah Greer Melocik, based on the documentary by Alexandra Shiva
Songs by: Jacob Yandura (music) and Rebekah Greer Melocik (lyrics)
Director: Sammi Cannold
Choreography: Mayte Natalio
Cast list: Desmond Edwards (as Remy), Amelia Fei (as Caroline), Madison Kopec (as Marideth), Liam Pearce (as Drew), Imani Russell (as Mel), Conor Tague (as Tommy), Ashley Wool (as Jessica), Haven Burton (as Terry), Darlesia Cearcy (as Johanna), Caesar Samayoa (as Dr. Emilio Amigo), Cristina Sastre (as Ashley Amigo), Carlos L Encinias, Nick Gaswirth, Melina Kalomas, Martín Solá, Jean Christian Barry, Collin Hancock, Hunter Hollingsworth, Marina Jansen, Ayanna Thomas, Marina Pires
Design: Robert Brill
Costumes: Sarafina Bush
Lighting: Bradley King
Sound: Connor Wang
Other info: Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin, music consultation by Mary-Mitchell Campbell

Venue

Belasco Theatre

111 West 44th Street, New York, NY, United States, 10036

Accessibility

2 wheelchair spaces

More information about How to Dance in Ohio on Broadway

How to Dance in Ohio based on Alexandra Shiva's Peabody Award-winning documentary, which uplifted viewers with the story of seven autistic young adults preparing for a formal dance, providing a moving and thoughtful look into what coming of age with autism looks like. Now, this joyful story of personal growth, family, and inclusion is a groundbreaking Broadway event: the first musical with an openly autistic cast playing autistic characters. As one of those actors, Conor Tague, told TodayTix: "This is the kind of representation we all need."

The How to Dance in Ohio musical takes place at a counseling center in the capital city of Columbus, where the young adults prepare for a spring dance as part of a social skills workshop for people with autism. In the process, not only do they learn new skills and make progress, but they experience the hallmarks of coming of age — love, stress, confidence, self-discovery — in surprising and extra-meaningful ways.

Bookwriter/lyricist Rebekah Greer Melocik and composer Jacob Yandura had the idea to adapt Shiva's film for the stage. A 2022 world premiere in Syracuse preceded the How to Dance in Ohio Broadway premiere. Sammi Cannold — known for her New York City Center production of Evita — directs, and Mayte Natalio choreographs.

What to watch for

  • Legendary director/producer Harold Prince helped edit the script of How to Dance in Ohio and was originally set to direct. Though he died in 2019, his research and artistic contributions remain.
  • The entire lead creative team — both writers, director, and choreographer — and the seven lead actors of How to Dance in Ohio are all making their Broadway debuts.
  • All seven actors who play autistic characters are autistic.
  • How to Dance in Ohio has an autistic creative consultant, Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt, and a director of community engagement, Becky Leifman, on its production team to ensure the show is accessible to and engaging with audiences, and to tell the stories of its autistic subjects authentically and respectfully.

Please Note

Theatrical smoke/haze is used in this production. The use of cameras, cell phones, and other recording devices during the show is strictly prohibited by law, except when used for accessibility services. No weapons permitted on the premesis. No outside food or beverages, electric scooters, e-bikes, or battery-powered transportation devices, except when medically necessary. All items are subject to inspection & must fit on your lap or completely under your seat without blocking any aisles.

Frequently asked questions

What is How to Dance in Ohio on Broadway about?

Dance for joy at this inspiring new musical adapted from Alexandra Shiva's Peabody Award-winning documentary. As seven autistic adults prepare for a spring formal dance, they embark on a new phase of their lives as they experience love, courage, stress, and independence.

Which theatre is How to Dance in Ohio on Broadway at?

How to Dance in Ohio on Broadway is at New York's Belasco Theatre.

What is the running time of How to Dance in Ohio on Broadway?

How to Dance in Ohio on Broadway runs for 2h 20m (Incl. 15m Intermission).

What is the age recommendation for How to Dance in Ohio on Broadway?

Recommended for 6+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

How do you get tickets for How to Dance in Ohio on Broadway?

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What are the songs in How to Dance in Ohio?

How to Dance in Ohio features a fully original score, with songs including "Under Control," "Building Momentum," "So Much in Common," and "Getting Ready for the Dance." The songs are by Rebekah Greer Melocik (lyrics) and Jacob Yandura (music).

Who wrote How to Dance in Ohio?

Rebekah Greer Melocik wrote the book and lyrics for How to Dance in Ohio, and Jacob Yandura wrote the music. Both are making their Broadway debuts, and they adapted the musical from Alexandra Shiva's documentary of the same name.

Who directed How to Dance in Ohio?

Sammi Cannold directs How to Dance in Ohio. The musical marks her Broadway directorial debut, but she's known for staging Evita at New York City Center and other works at famous venues like the Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Lincoln Center.

Is How to Dance in Ohio appropriate for kids?

How to Dance in Ohio is appropriate for kids ages 6 and up.

Is How to Dance in Ohio good?

The How to Dance in Ohio documentary won a Peabody Award, and the musical adaptation promises to be just as inspiring and celebratory, thoughtfully portraying the everyday lives, struggles, and triumphs of autistic young adults.

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