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Fun Home to Play Benefit Concert for Victims of Orlando Shooting

The Broadway company will sing for Equality Florida.

Michael Cerveris (center) and the Broadway cast of Fun Home at Circle in the Square Theatre.
Michael Cerveris (center) and the Broadway cast of Fun Home at Circle in the Square Theatre.
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The Broadway cast of Fun Home will play a one-night-only benefit concert performance at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando on their night off on Sunday, July 24. The performance will be a concert version of Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's Tony-winning musical to raise money for Equality Florida and the LGBTQ community of Orlando.

The concert presentation will feature all nine Broadway company members, including Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, Cole Grey, Zell Steele Morrow, and Joel Perez. The show’s Tony Award-winning creators Lisa Kron (book and lyrics), Jeanine Tesori (music), and Sam Gold (direction) will also be in attendance.

Inspired by Alison Bechdel's graphic novel-memoir of the same title, Fun Home follows the real-life Bechdel's journey to accept the death of her stern, closeted father, Bruce, while coming to terms with her own sexuality.

"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, who won a Tony Award for his performance as Bruce Bechdel. "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."

One hundred percent of the net proceeds of the July 24 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.

For tickets to Fun Home — A Benefit Concert for Orlando, click here.

For tickets to Fun Home on Broadway, click here.

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