NEW YORK (AP) — 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. “There isn’t a choice not to respond.”
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.
“It was one of those perfect moments where everyone aligned and did so quite quickly, understanding that many of the ideas and themes within ‘Fun Home’ would be a perfect gift and a way for the community to come together in advocation for LGBT rights,” said producer Kristin Caskey.
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.
Producer Barbara Whitman was like many in the wake of the shooting — feeling powerless. “I think we all had that same reaction: What can we do? This is something we can actually do,” she said.