Every so often someone will start some fad challenge to draw attention to one cause or another. On December 9 and 10 the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present the annual Red Bucket Follies.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of what began back in 1989 as the Gypsy of the Year Competition. In that first year $70,000 was raised; last year the Red Bucket Follies brought in over six million dollars which is used to aid those in need. The Follies will take place at 4:30pm on December 9 and 2pm on December 10 at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd St).
But before the grand Red Bucket Follies take place the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraiser takes place with Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National touring companies collecting money after each show. Cast members man the red buckets and even offer up autographed memorabilia – posters, playbills, etc. in exchange for donations.
“Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations”, “The Book of Mormon”, “Derren Brown: Secret”, “The Great Society”, “Hadestown”, “The Lightening Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical”, “Linda Vista”, “The Lion King”, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”, “Tootise”, “Wicked” and “The Play that Goes Wrong” are all participating in the program.
“Aladdin”, “Betrayal”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “Frozen”, “Hamilton, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, Mean Girls”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Waitress”, “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish, “Jersey Boys”, “A Musical About Star Wars”, “Naked Boys Singing”, and “Rock of Ages” will all be joining the fundraising initiative in the coming days.
The Red Bucket Follies is a collection of performances by Broadway cast members ranging from parodies to serious pieces.
Companies who raise the most money during the fundraising drive are also awarded with prizes.
feature photo credit: By Ajay Suresh from New York, NY, USA – New Amsterdam Theater – Aladdin, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=80146854
red bucket credit: By Free Clip Art – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=68985996