The Luxor Theater in Rotterdam offers visitors who order tickets online for every show in the theater the chance to donate money to singer Jan Rot and his family. The initiative stems from reactions the theater received after Rot reported that his condition is so bad that his big farewell concert can no longer take place. That is what director Marc van Kaam said on Sunday.
Previously, the theater only offered people with a ticket for Rot’s farewell concert the opportunity to donate that money to the Rot family. “We subsequently received many questions about whether you could also donate if you did not have a ticket”, Van Kaam says. “That’s how the separate link came to the site. We hope to be able to mean something in this way.” As far as Van Kaam knows, the Luxor is as yet the only theater with this initiative. “It came to us quite spontaneously,” said the director.
Rot has a special relationship with the Luxor Theater. The comedian and singer would give a performance at the end of April to celebrate his 64th birthday. This concert was first planned in December, but then had to be canceled due to the unexpected corona lockdown that the government reintroduced. Rot announced at the beginning of April that he only has a few weeks to live and that the concert cannot take place. The singer has metastatic colon cancer.
He has been performing whenever possible in recent months. In an interview in September, Rot said he also had to do this because he is self-employed and has had two bad years due to the corona crisis. “I am a freelancer. Then you have to work until you drop or you really can’t anymore,” he reported at the time.
Rot launched his farewell album, IPV CARDS online on Saturday. The record consists of 21 songs, partly new material and partly recordings that he remembers with warm feelings.