Red Bucket Follies

Red Bucket Follies posterMonday, December 3, 4:30 pm
Tuesday, December 4, 2 pm
New Amsterdam Theatre
214 West 42nd Street, NYC

Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring shows will begin six weeks of annual fall fundraising on Friday, October 19, a collective effort by the theatre community – those onstage, backstage and in the audience – in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The fundraising will be celebrated in a vaudeville of songs, dances and skits that will now be called the Red Bucket Follies. The Red Bucket Follies, which will be produced by and benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be performed Monday, December 3, and Tuesday, December 4, at the New Amsterdam Theatre, home to Disney’s Aladdin.

The Broadway shows currently fundraising are Aladdin, Anastasia, The Band’s Visit, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Head Over Heels, Kinky Boots, The Lifespan of a Fact, The Lion King, Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, Once on This Island, The Phantom of the Opera, The Play That Goes Wrong, Pretty Woman, School of Rock – The Musical, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Waitress and Wicked, plus Off-Broadway’s Apologia, Avenue Q, India Pale Ale, Jersey Boys and Popcorn Falls.

The national tours that will be fundraising include Aladdin, Bat Out of Hell, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon – Jumamosi tour, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton – Angelica tour, Hamilton – Chicago, Hamilton – Philip tour, Hello, Dolly!, Les Misérables, The Lion King – Rafiki tour, Love Never Dies, Miss Saigon, On Your Feet!, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock – The Musical, The Play That Goes Wrong, Waitress and Wicked – Munchkinland tour. National tour fundraising dates may vary city.

More shows will be added throughout the six-week period.

The Red Bucket Follies builds on the 29-year legacy of the Gypsy of the Year competition. The show will continue to showcase ensemble members and special guests performing original skits, songs and dances, with awards given to the best presentation and for the top fundraisers from the six weeks’ efforts.

The red bucket has come to represent Broadway Cares to theatregoers in the same vibrant way as the now-iconic red ribbon, featured prominently in the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS logo for more than 25 years. Seen in the lobby of theatres in New York City and across the country, the red bucket illustrates the organization’s commitment to fundraising and grant-making. The renaming of Gypsy of the Year to Red Bucket Follies embraces the buckets as symbols of care, action and comfort.

Starting Friday, October 19, theatre lobbies in New York City and beyond were filled with casts, crew members and volunteers accepting donations with Broadway Cares’ signature #redbuckets in hand. Every dollar placed in a red bucket will help provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals, emergency financial assistance and more to the most vulnerable among us. A $10 donation covers HIV tests at a health clinic. A $50 donation provides 20 nutritious meals in a soup kitchen for the most vulnerable among us.

Last year, 56 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours raised $5.6 million.

Since 1989, the 29 editions of Gypsy of the Year raised $76 million to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Red Bucket Follies will build on that tradition.