This year’s recently renamed Red Bucket Follies celebrated the fundraising efforts of 67 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring shows. Together, the shows raised a record breaking $6,113,301.
The show opened with a tribute to the groundbreaking Flower Drum Song by having the cast members from the original 1958 Broadway production, 1961 movie, 2002 revival, and touring company.
Of the 13 performances, the two most emotional were from Wicked and The Lion King. Wicked presented a devastating ballet entitled “Beautiful Boy” dedicated to all of the artists we have lost to HIV/AIDS. There was not a dry eye in the house. Equally powerful was “Do You Swear To Tell The Truth…?” by The Lion King. The audio combined the testimonies of Anita Hill and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to show how little progress has been made since 1991. While it sounds depressing, it was an empowering new anthem for 2019. Their performance ended with the statement “it’s time to listen to women” echoing through the New Amsterdam Theatre.
Tickets started at $15 on TDF, and it was such fun and moving night out at the theater.