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Four Broadway shows announce performances to benefit the Entertainment Community Fund

“Purlie Victorious,” “Spamalot,” “Harmony” and “Merrily We Roll Along” are slated to participate.

(L-R) Jay O. Sanders, Billy Eugene Jones, Kara Young and Leslie Odom Jr. in “Purlie Victorious” (Credit: Marc J. Franklin)

Several performances from four Broadway shows have been announced as benefits for the Entertainment Community Fund. “Purlie Victorious,” “Spamalot,” “Harmony” and “Merrily We Roll Along” will host “producer’s picks” performances, on dates chosen by producers, when proceeds from specific blocks of tickets will go directly to support the Fund’s programs and services instead of to the show’s producers.

First up is “Purlie Victorious,” whose benefit performances will be held on Dec. 13 and 17.

In 2024, the Jan. 10 and 23 performances of “Spamalot” and “Harmony,” respectively, will benefit the Fund.

“Merrily” will host four benefit performances, on Jan. 31; and Feb. 7, 13 and 21. 

“We’re beyond grateful for the continued support from the Broadway community including those on stage, backstage and front of house, producers and audience members,” said the Fund’s CEO and president Joe Benincasa in a statement. “What better way to celebrate the holidays than by giving the gift of theater tickets while also supporting a life in the arts?” 

Cast members from each show will give a post-performance speech explaining the impact of their ticket sales to the Fund, which provides services and emergency funds to entertainment industry workers. The Fund is currently distributing between $400,000 and $500,000 each week to industry workers.

Update: A previous version of this article included a different date for the “Harmony” benefit performance. This has been updated.