Tony-Winning FUN HOME to Perform Benefit Concert at Dr. Phillips Center for Equality Florida
Fun Home, the Tony® Award-winning Best Musical, will play a one-night-only benefit concert performance at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 7 p.m, the show’s producers announced today. This performance will be a concert version of the groundbreaking musical to raise money for Equality Florida and the LGBTQ community of Orlando. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $30 and may be purchased online at www.drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases include handling fees.
All nine of the show’s onstage company members, including Tony® Award winner Michael Cerveris, four-time Tony® Award nominee Judy Kuhn, 2015 Tony® Award nominees Beth Malone and Emily Skeggs, and Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, Cole Grey, Zell Steele Morrow, and Joel Perez, along with the show’s Tony® Award-winning creators Lisa Kron (Book & 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 Michael Cerveris. “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.”
100% of the net proceeds of this benefit performance will support the future work of Equality Florida and the victims of the Pulse shooting. Half of the money raised will be distributed directly to victims of 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 for this benefit performance thanks to the generosity of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the producers and co-producers of Fun Home and the Wyndham Orlando.
About Fun Home
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.
Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Fun Home will play its final performance on Broadway on September 10, 2016, after more than 600 performances. The coast-to-coast North American Tour of Fun Home will launch in Cleveland, OH in October 2016, and play more than 40 cities in its first year, including Chicago, St. Louis, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and many more.
Fun Home is produced on Broadway by Fox Theatricals (Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson) and Barbara Whitman, along with Carole Shorenstein Hays, Tom Casserly, Paula Marie Black, Latitude Link, Terry Schnuck/Jack Lane, The Forstalls, Nathan Vernon, Mint Theatricals, Elizabeth Armstrong, JAM Theatricals and Delman Whitney.
For more information and for updated tour cities, please visit www.funhomebroadway.com.
About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts for Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to
experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida
Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. The Dr. Phillips Center is a public-private collaboration with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors. For more information please visit drphillipscenter.org.