Broadway CaresRed Buckets Return to Theatres October 21, Launching 6-Week Broadway Cares Fundraising Campaign
The Red Bucket Follies performances, which typically celebrate the end of the fall fundraising efforts, will remain on hiatus until fall 2023.
October 21, 2022
Broadway Cares’ Red Buckets return to theatres October 21, launching a six-week fundraising campaign for Broadway Cares that continues through December 4.
Theatrical productions in New York City and across the country
participate in the decades-long tradition of encouraging audience
donations to help provide meals, medication, health care,
counseling, and emergency financial assistance. With
current COVID protocols, cast and crew members will not hold red
buckets in lobbies after performances; instead, fully vaccinated (and masked) Broadway Cares staff and volunteers will welcome donations at theatre exits.
The two-day Red Bucket Follies
performances, which typically celebrate the end of the fall fundraising
efforts, will remain on hiatus until fall 2023. As New York productions
continue to adjust their COVID protocols,
safely bringing 300 performers, stage managers, musicians, and crew from
across Broadway into a single space has been delayed until
the spring Easter Bonnet Competition.
Kicking off the #RedBuckets appeals October 21 are Broadway's The Book of Mormon, Hamilton, The Lion King, MJ, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, and A Strange Loop plus Off-Broadway’s The Play That Goes Wrong. Joining them next week are Broadway’s 1776, Aladdin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Into the Woods, The Music Man, The Phantom of the Opera, and Six. Additional Broadway, Off-Broadway, and national touring shows will join the fundraising in the coming weeks.
iconic Red Buckets have become a cherished and much valued tradition
within the theatre community,” says Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola. “The enthusiasm from participating productions is an invigorating
reminder that what we do together can make a difference. These
important fundraising efforts and the generosity of donors help those in
our community and across the country who are impacted by illness,
unexpected challenges and urgent crises.”
Red Bucket fundraising takes place twice a year during six weeks of fundraising in the spring and fall. The post-show audience
appeals, absent from stages during the coronavirus pandemic and industry shutdown, returned last spring when 40 Broadway, Off-Broadway, and
national touring productions took part.
Broadway Cares is one of the nation’s leading
industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making
organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of
the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people
with HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and other critical illnesses across the United