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3 more Broadway shows slated to autism-friendly

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo,"The Lion King" marquee is displayed at The Minskoff Theatre in New York. Disney Theatrical Productions said Wednesday, July 10, 2013, that the show’s total touring box office gross in North America has reached $1 billion. Producers estimate that more than 15 million theatergoers in over 70 cities across North America have seen the show since 2002. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Autism-friendly performances of "Wicked," ''Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," and "The Lion King" are on tap for later this year and next.

The Theatre Development Fund, a nonprofit that provides access to live theater, said Thursday the schedule of shows will be: "The Lion King" on Sept. 29, "Spider-Man" on Nov. 16 and "Wicked" on March 2.

The Fund bought all the tickets to the three matinees and will offer them at a discount for children and adults on the autism spectrum.

The shows will be slightly altered to make those with autism more comfortable, including cutting jarring sounds and strobe lights. Quiet areas with beanbag chairs and coloring books, staffed by autism experts, also will be created inside the theater for those who might feel overwhelmed.