In 1993, The Who’s TOMMY was preparing to open on Broadway. One day during rehearsals Pete (Townshend) approached me about doing a couple of live concerts around the city. He wanted the cast to learn what real Rock & Roll felt like, and for a bonus they could perform with him. He wanted us to have this experience for ourselves, because it would help translate that edgy rock sensibility into our performances. At Pete’s request I gathered the TOMMY orchestra and formed a band. Once the band was set, I held a company meeting with my fellow cast members and asked them to join in the fun.
The first ROCKERS ON BROADWAY® was held in the Spring of 1993 at the China Club on 75th Street. In addition to the TOMMY cast and Pete (of course), special guests included Joe Walsh, Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes) and Eddie Vedder. For me, the experience of singing ‘Pinball Wizard’ next to Pete that night changed me forever. It was extraordinary. Really, who doesn’t want to feel like a Rock Star…at least once? Every year I hope to share that same feeling with the wonderful performers who donate their time and talent, while continuing to make a difference to our beneficiaries.
--Donnie Kehr, Founder and Executive Director
Building on the successful presentation of the annual ROCKERS ON BROADWAY® benefit concert, the PATH creative team has created
PATH PRODUCTIONS to produce special and private events, as well as develop and workshop new works in music and theatre.
Since the inception of Rockers in 1993, we have raised over $500,000 for performing arts charities.
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who we are
We are a community of artists, writers, musicians, designers, crew, producers, directors and fans coming together as one, promoting a good cause, sharing in a common goal and having a BLAST while doing it!
what we do
The PATH Fund, Inc.® is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts education. We support pre-professional training organizations with scholarship and program funding. Additionally, we support NYC’s thriving arts community by working with aspiring writers to develop new works of music and theater.
why we do it
We have a responsibility to give the next generation the tools for success. Promoting the performing arts inspires and empowers.
The need for pre-professional training has never been greater, as many schools are cutting back or eliminating their art programs due to budget constraints. Within the next few years more than 25% of public high schools will have completely eliminated arts programs.
how we do it
Charity Concerts Corporate, Private, and Fundraising Events
Development of new works Mentoring promising performers
Master Classes Auctions
PATH is a family of fans and artists committed equally to Broadway and Rock & Roll.