2018 Red Bucket Follies Raises $6.1 Million; Watch Highlights From the Competition

Broadway Cares   2018 Red Bucket Follies Raises $6.1 Million; Watch Highlights From the Competition
The Hamilton tour was named top donor at the recently renamed annual celebration, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ annual fall fundraising efforts culminated in the annual celebration—recently renamed the Red Bucket Follies—December 3 and 4 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Watch highlights from the celebration, including performances from various Broadway casts, above.

A total of 67 Broadway, Off-Broadway, and touring productions took part, raising a collective $6,113,301—the highest fall fundraising total in the organization’s 30-year history.

Each season, shows raise funds through collective donations via the namesake red buckets, incentives, and auctions. Named the top overall fundraiser was the “Angelica” leg of the Hamilton tour, which made $515,152. The hit musical was also the top fundraiser on Broadway, with the New York company raising $414,971

READ: How Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Red Buckets First Began

As part of the event, Broadway casts offer various performances, from skits and parodies to poignant dance pieces. This year, Kinky Boots was awarded Best Onstage Presentation, for its parody of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” as they prepare for the show's final bows in April.

BC/EFA has become one of the nation’s leading industry-based AIDS fundraising organizations, drawing upon the theatre industry and community to raise over $300 million since 1988. Funds go to men, women, and children around the country for treatments and medication, health care, counseling, emergency financial assistance, and more.

See below for the list of top fundraisers:

Top Overall Fundraiser
Hamilton – Angelica Tour ($515,152)

Broadway Musical
Top Fundraiser: Hamilton ($313,971)
First Runner-Up: Mean Girls ($202,769)
Second Runner-Up: Dear Evan Hansen ($170,061)
Third Runner-Up: The Lion King ($162,109)

Broadway Play
Top Fundraiser: The Lifespan of a Fact ($257,653)

Off-Broadway (Play or Musical)
Top Fundraiser: Fiddler on the Roof – in Yiddish ($42,053)
First Runner-Up: Jersey Boys ($37,193)

National Tours
Top Fundraiser: Wicked – Munchkinland ($324,945)
First Runner-Up: Dear Evan Hansen ($305,412)
Second Runner-Up: Waitress ($231,020)
Third Runner-Up: Come From Away ($216,050)

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