NEW YORK, NY (October 9, 2007) --- Internationally acclaimed, three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Seal will perform live in a one-time-only music and skating production, “The Music of Seal on Ice,'' with a portion of the proceeds of ticket sales to benefit Autism Speaks. The special show, featuring a cast that includes Olympic gold medalists Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano, will take place on December 18 at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and will be televised nationwide on NBC from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST on New Year's Day. Advance tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster via presale (password: ROSE) until 10 a.m., October 19.
Seal will perform several of his hits live while a cast of Olympic and other world-class skaters interpret his music on the ice. In addition to Yamaguchi and Boitano, other scheduled participants are six-time U.S. Champion and World Champion Todd Eldredge and three-time U.S. Champion and two-time World Bronze Medalist Michael Weiss.
Five dollars from every ticket sold for “The Music of Seal on Ice'' will benefit Autism Speaks.
“The passion and heart that is the trademark of Seal's award-winning music clearly goes way beyond his musical talent," said Alison Singer, Executive Vice President of Autism Speaks. "We cannot express our gratitude enough to Seal, NBC, and Disson Skating, not only for helping us raise vital funds to support autism research, but also for shining a bright light on the autism epidemic that now affects 1 in 150 people."
Stephen Disson, whose company, Disson Skating -- along with Comcast Spectacor -- produces ten nationally televised shows a year on NBC, has a personal connection with Autism Speaks. His stepson has autism.
“This show will be extra special to me because I know the music of Seal and the skating will be spectacular, but also this will be the first time we're using one of our skating television productions to benefit a worthy cause as well,'' Disson said.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. Autism Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation's three leading autism advocacy organizations. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.