NEW YORK — Many Broadway stars have joined together to sing and raise money to help the survivors of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. Now, one Broadway show is going further: performing a few blocks away from the massacre.
The cast and creative team from “Fun Home” will assemble for a one-night benefit concert version of the Tony Award-winning show on July 24 in Orlando for survivors and victims’ family.
“For our company, there is no choice but to respond with what we have, what we know, and the belief that it leads to something,” said producer Mike Isaacson.
The touching musical, with a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, is based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir about growing up with a closeted dad in the family’s funeral home business. It’s the first Broadway show with a lesbian protagonist.
Tony-winner Michael Cerveris, who stars as the father, came up with the idea of the visit and the rest of the cast and creative team were eager to help show their support.
The concert will be at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, not far from where a gunman’s rampage at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 left 49 people dead and dozens injured, the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
Free seats will be set aside for family members of the victims and those directly affected by the shooting.
The move is the latest attempt by the Broadway community to help those affected by the tragedy. “Kinky Boots,” a show that celebrates diversity, donated a portion of its ticket sales on June 26 to help the LGBT community in Southern Florida.
A benefit concert at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is set for July 11 with all proceeds going to Equality Florida, and the concert “Broadway Stands Up for Freedom” is scheduled for July 18. Dozens of Broadway stars have lent their voices to record the 1965 song “What the World Needs Now is Love,” with all proceeds going to help the LGBT Center of Central Florida.