Barmitzvah boy funds Broadway musical on Liberty
Artwork for "Liberty: The Musical"
A barmitzvah boy has found an unusual solution to all the money he was given by guests at his party – he has donated it to the producers of a Broadway musical about immigrants.
New York teenager Jesse Naranjo is to use the more than £1,600 he was given following the ceremony last year to help send "Liberty: The Musical" to a major theatre.
The 13-year-old from New York, whose father grew up in Colombia and moved to America as an adult, said he was inspired to donate the money after seeing an off-Broadway performance of the show.
Jesse told the New York Daily News: "I think [immigrants] go through a lot of prejudice. They work so hard, and they go through a lot of trouble that's not necessary."
Described as "a new musical about a beautiful immigrant's struggle and strife in a new land", the show follows the history of the landmark Statue of Liberty.
It features a song called "Huddled Masses", a phrase used by Jewish immigrant Emma Lazarus in her poem The New Colossus, which was inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.
The producers are looking for an additional £740,000 to fund a Broadway version.