A Playbill auction for two VIP house seats to the July 9 evening performance of Hamilton closed at a whopping $41,000 on Charitybuzz.com, making it the highest-grossing online auction for a Broadway experience on record for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Proceeds from the auction benefit BC/EFA as well as The Actors Fund.
The July 9 performance of Hamilton has been one of the hardest tickets to get on Broadway. It marks the final performance of original Broadway leads Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo and Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Playbill would like to thank the Nederlander Organization and the producers of Hamilton for providing the tickets to Playbill to auction off.
For more on why the July 9 performance will be historic, visit these recent Playbill.com features:
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was founded in 1987 to ”to mobilize the unique abilities within the entertainment industry to mitigate the suffering of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS,” and it has done so with increasing success through a series of fundraisers that have become Broadway institutions, including Gypsy of the Year, Easter Bonnet and Broadway Bares. Proceeds from these and other fundraisers have amounted to more than $168 million, which has gone to direct and indirect support to HIV/AIDS sufferers and their families, and educational material about the illness. BC/EFA has delivered much of this aid through the social services and programs of The Actors Fund to all individuals in the entertainment industry affected by critical health issues, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS.
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. Founded in 1882, the Actors Fund is perhaps best known for the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ, a senior care facility for elderly show-business professionals. But the Actors Fund activities also extend to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, supplying performing arts professionals in all the arts with health services, job advice and other services, which they describe as “a safety net...for those who are in need, crisis or transition.”
(Updated July 6, 2016)