The cast of the award-winning Fun Home will play a one-night-only benefit concert performance July 24 — the Broadway musical's night off — at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 S Magnolia Ave) in Orlando. This concert version of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical will raise money for Equality Florida and the LGBTQ community of Orlando.
All nine of the show’s onstage company members, including Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris, four-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn, Tony nominee Beth Malone, Tony nominee Emily Skeggs, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, Cole Grey, Zell Steele Morrow and Joel Perez, along with the show’s Tony Award-winning creators, Lisa Kron (book and lyrics), Jeanine Tesori (music) and Sam Gold (direction), will be in attendance.
“Fun Home has always felt like something much bigger than just a show, and our company has connected and engaged with our audiences and our community in deeply active ways,” said Cerveris in a statement. “Our show is a celebration of choosing to live one's life fearlessly and truthfully. I wanted us to take all the great gifts we have been given in the life of this show and place them in the service of a community that may be far beyond the lights of Broadway, but very close to our hearts.”
All of the net proceeds of this benefit performance will support the future work of Equality Florida and the victims of the horrific Pulse shooting. Half of the money raised will be distributed directly to victims and their families, and half will support Equality Florida's work to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“When Michael brought this idea to us, we immediately sprang into action,” producers Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson and Barbara Whitman said in a statement. “As the first musical with a lesbian protagonist, we so often hear from audience members at Fun Home that it was the first time they saw themselves represented on a Broadway stage. We all feel so helpless, but hopefully this will allow us to give back to the LGBT community in this tiny way.”
Fun Home is able to fly to Orlando thanks to the generosity of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the producers and co-producers of Fun Home and the Wyndham Orlando. For more information and to purchase tickets for this 7 PM performance, visit drphillipscenter.org.
Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction.