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Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Blind Theatergoer's 'Hamilton' Lawsuit Aims Spotlight On Broadway Accessibility

A recent lawsuit brought by a blind theatergoer against the producers of the hit musical Hamilton has highlighted Broadway's spotty track record in serving audiences with disabilities.

Hamilton opened almost a year and a half ago, but it'sstill the hottest ticket on Broadway. Mark Lasser of Denver, who is blind, wanted to take his wife to the show and get audio description services to help him enjoy a performance. That means he hoped to get a headset and hear the stage action being described in real time, during the show. But he discovered that Hamilton doesn't offer this particular service.

"I think what this suit brings to light is that you have a hidden population out there that is not gaining the full access to Broadway," says attorney Scott Dinin, who is representing Lasser in the class-action suit against the show's producers and theater owner.



Anonymous said...

Ridiculous! Sue sue sue! Next thing you know, a blind person will be suing an airline because they weren't allowed to fly the plane... "they'll feel left out of the experience". Give me a break! Lawyers that take on cases such as this should be held accountable such as fines for the lawyer if they lose let's say 3 suing cases per year. Someone needs to be held accountable for this frivolous waste of time and money.

Anonymous said...

Sorry but we live in an imperfect world. No amount of accommodation will make blind people see or paralyzed people walk. It can't be equal and the demands of the few will and have become overwhelmingly detrimental to the needs of the many. Enough already and to hell with political correctness.

Anonymous said...

Oh but they want to poke fun at Vice President Pence!

Anonymous said...

It is a complete waste of money , It's second rate.