Furloughed federal employees have got a friend in Broadway’s Carole King musical “Beautiful”: Producers have announced that workers hit by President Donald Trump’s partial government shutdown will be given free admission to select performances of the hit production.
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“The shutdown has affected so many government employees in a really negative way,” said producers Paul Blake and Mike Bosner. “If we can offer those affected by this shutdown a moment of escape and joy, then we feel it is important to do so and is truly the least we can do.”
Eligible federal employees can claim tickets for select performances by presenting valid government identification (in-person only) at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre’s box office on the day of the desired performance.
The furlough tickets are available for non-sold-out Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday evening performances. The offer ends when the shutdown does.
“Beautiful,” which features such hits as “It’s Too Late,” “I Feel The Earth Move,” the title song and “You’ve Got a Friend,” among many others, currently stars Chilina Kennedy and charts King’s rise to stardom from Brill Building hitmaker to ’70s singer-songwriter icon. The Tony-winning Broadway production opened in 2014 and last October marked its 2,000th performance at the Sondheim.