In memory of Marvin Goldstein, we’re launching a fundraising campaign to support one of his lifelong loves – the theater. Marvin was one of New York’s great theater “benefactors” by seeing what seemed like everything since he was a kid growing up in Washington Heights, going on his own and often sitting in the last row of the balcony. He loved to find new shows and talent and then spread the word! He claimed he “discovered” Shirley McLaine when he saw her as the understudy in The Pajama Game. The final show he saw was Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish in September.
Marvin was able to experience so much theater over the years largely because of TDF (Theatre Development Fund), a non-profit which is perhaps best known for its TKTS Discount Booths. His late wife, Florence, was a New York City public school teacher, and became a TDF member many decades ago.
After introducing his children, Kenneth and Julie, to NYC theater, Marvin loved taking his grandchildren to see shows with him. All of his grandchildren act, sing, and dance and refer to themselves as theater kids.
That’s why we’ve started a the Marvin Goldstein Fund to support TDF’s Introduction to Theatre program. For 20+ years, TDF’s Introduction to Theatre has provided over 100,000 middle, high school and college students with a meaningful welcome to live performance. TDF connects 10,000 students annually in 150 schools throughout the tri-state area to workshops, artists, and live performance, and does it all for free.
Marvin was the personification of the best of theater-goers in NY, but this initiative is intended to be bigger than any one person – it’s about highlighting the critical role and value of TDF.
In lieu of flowers, we hope you’ll join us in supporting this campaign by giving through this CrowdRise (by GoFundMe) link. If you prefer to donate by mail, please indicate to TDF that your gift should be directed to the “Marvin Goldstein Fund.”