Theater Community Shares Joy and Support Through Spring Fundraising Competition

Audiences’ generosity shared in #RedBuckets across 45 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring shows is being transformed into tangible, lifesaving help as the 2024 Spring Fundraising Competition topped $4,702,394.

The theater community – those onstage, offstage and in the audience – rallied together to raise the spectacular total across six weeks of dedicated fundraising. This support is being translated into nourishing meals, vital health care and boundless hope for people in need across all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

The fundraising total was announced by Gavin Creel, J. Harrison Ghee and Andrea McArdle on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at Hats Off to You, an intimate event for members of Broadway Cares’ Visionary Circle, Angels Circle, NextGen Network and Colleen Dewhurst Legacy Society.

Hats Off to You featured Broadway’s brightest stars performing songs from their dream roles. These holy grail numbers, shared across two days on April 29 and 30, featured Creelas host and singing  “Ya Got Trouble” from The Music Man; Ghee choosing “Run and Tell That” from Hairspray; McArdle with “If He Walked into My Life” from Mame; Lorna Courtney singing “Out Tonight” from Rent; Jordan Fisherselecting “Wait for It” from Hamilton and Ben Platt belting “Being Alive” from Company.

Katie Rose Clarke shared a breathtaking rendition of “Help is on the Way,” the empowering anthem that’s been the finale at every spring fundraising season event since 1995. The show also included an energetic opening number, as well as a punchy piece honoring the national tours that participated in the fundraising, both directed and choreographed by Thayne Jasperson.

Leading the Spring Fundraising Competition were:


Top FundraiserMerrily We Roll Along$448,446
1st Runner-upSweeney Todd$428,386
2nd Runner-upMoulin Rouge! The Musical$238,962
3rd Runner-upHadestown$178,706
4th Runner-up& Juliet$176,584


Top FundraiserLittle Shop of Horrors$105,237
1st Runner-upTitanique$48,041
2nd Runner-upThe Play That Goes Wrong$25,844

National Tours

Top FundraiserMoulin Rouge! The Musical$188,858
1st Runner-upFrozen$161,622
2nd Runner-upMamma Mia!$157,350
3rd Runner-upWicked – Munchkinland$151,513
4th Runner-upBeetlejuice$140,000

Shows that participated in the fundraising included Broadway’s & Juliet; Aladdin; Appropriate; Back to the Future: The Musical; A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical; The Book of Mormon; Chicago; Days of Wine and Roses; Hadestown; Hamilton; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Kimberly Akimbo; Lempicka; The Lion King; Merrily We Roll Along; MJ; Moulin Rouge! The Musical; The Notebook; The Outsiders; Six; Spamalot; Sweeney Todd; Water for Elephants; The Who’s Tommy and Wicked;and Off-Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors, The Play That Goes Wrong and Titanique. Additionally, the national tours of Aladdin, Beetlejuice, Company, Frozen, Funny Girl, The Girl from the North Country, Hadestown, Jagged Little Pill, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, MJ, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Mrs. Doubtfire, Six, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical and Wicked.

Historically, the spring fundraising effort culminated in the Easter Bonnet Competition. Beginning this year, the in-theater fundraising appeals taking place in the spring and fall will be celebrated singularly at Red Bucket Follies, the variety show spectacular set for December at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Tickets will be available to the public to join the theater community for this special celebration.

Since they began in 1988, the Spring Fundraising efforts have raised more than $100 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Photos by Angela of York, Jenny Garcia, Rebecca J. Michelson and Francesca Toscano