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Once on This Island: In American Sign Language by Deaf Broadway

July 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


In just four short years, Deaf Broadway has become synonymous with authentically Deaf musical theater. Founded during the pandemic in response to artistic director Garrett Zuercher’s experience as a profoundly Deaf person frustrated with the state of access to performances of lyrically complex musicals, which often watered down the nuances of the original language and intentions. Taking up the gauntlet, he and his team began producing American Sign Language interfaces to pre-existing recordings of popular musicals, simultaneously presenting the original music alongside a live cast of trained Deaf actors, all performing their individual parts in American Sign Language. This live staging of the beloved Broadway musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty offers a more fully equitable shared evening for hearing and Deaf audiences alike, with a full Deaf Broadway cast interpreting the music in person. Their latest performance was a smash staging of Jonathan Larson’s RENT this spring as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Guest Experience at 212-875-5456 or guestexperience@lincolncenter.org.

Performance in American Sign Language and Open Captioning available.


Accessibility at Lincoln Center
212 875 5375


Audience (by age)
Adults (Ages 18 and up), Teens (Ages 13-17), Tweens (Ages 10-12)


Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center
62nd St
New York, NY 10023 United States
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