Fiddler Producers Will Donate Funds To Flint Water Crisis
Theatre too often reflects real life. That goes to say, in both good and bad times, the art form has provided a first hand look into what it is like to deal with some of life’s best and worst moments. A current Broadway musical, that covers material one could argue as a dark hour in history, will now help an American city in one of its darkest hours. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that producers of Broadway’s Fiddler On The Roof will donate a portion of ticket sales to the Flint Water Crisis!
Producers of the Broadway revival of Fiddler On The Roof have they will assist in the effort to help those involved in the Flint Water Crisis. Jeffrey Richards Office has announced that $2 from every full price ticket purchased during the month of February 2016 will be donated directly to The United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund. The fund is currently assisting resident of Flint, Michigan who are suffering from a contaminated water crisis that has plagued the city for months. 100% of the donated funds will be used for the Flint Water Fund with no administrative fee being assessed. Donations will be used to purchase water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint. Any remain funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund.
Fiddler On The Roof is the first Broadway production to not only recognize but give back to the citizens of Flint in their time of need. The crisis began in April 2014 after the city of Flint switched from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water, which was sourced from Lake Huron, to the Flint River. The river’s water is corrosive and has caused lead from aging pipes to leak into the water supply. The crisis has affected between 6,000 to 12,000 children giving them a range of serious health issues as well as potentially being the cause for an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which has killed 10 and affected 80 others. It was only declared a city and state of emergency in January 2016. $28 million dollars has now been sent to Flint in emergency supplies and infrastructure upgrades but many are not only calling it not enough but far too late.
Producer Jeffrey Richards (Pictured Below Right) spoke about his decision to donate a portion of the show’s profits to the city in its time of need saying;
“In keeping with the great Broadway tradition of giving back, I am proud that proceeds from this iconic musical about tradition—which celebrates the human spirit’s ability to find strength, love and joy in the face of [adversity]—will help the people of Flint through their current crisis.”
Luner Lowdown: Fiddler On The Roof’s generous move to donate direct funds from the production’s profit to the Flint Water Crisis speaks volumes not only of its producers but the production’s story and heart. A musical which looks into the life of a village facing change, danger and a sense of helplessness on their part is one the city of Flint can relate to. The decision not only is a true move of art reflecting life but a generous one we hope is only followed by more producers and productions in coming weeks. Jeffrey Richards is leading the charge for change and showing that Broadway stands with the American people, specifically Flint, in their time of need. Fiddler On The Roof is currently back on Broadway, in its fifth revival, playing eight shows at week at The Broadway Theatre.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on any other Broadway productions mounting support for the current water crisis Flint, Michigan is facing. To learn more about how you can help, visit The United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. There are many ways in which all of us can lend a helping hand to a fellow American city in a time of need. For more information, visit Fiddler On The Roof’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!