BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: GYPSY OF THE YEAR - Original Cast of GREASE Highlights
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' 23rd Annual Gypsy of the Year, which was presented Monday, December 5 and today, Tuesday, December 6 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, featured performances by 17 of the hottest Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, a 40-year reunion of the original Broadway cast of Grease, a tribute to national touring companies and appearances by more than 300 actors, singers and dancers. Now we've got the first video highlights from Broadway Beat - enjoy!
This year’s Gypsy of the Year was again hosted by Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky, host of "Seth’s Big Fat Broadway" on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. The all-singing, all-dancing Gypsy of the Year is the culmination of six weeks of intensive fundraising by Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies. It's also a sensational display of the most talented singers and dancers in the ensemble of shows, known as "gypsies." Awards are presented to the top fundraisers and for the best presentation during the two performances.
Last year, Gypsy of the Year raised $3,776,720, pushing the competition's 22-year total to $44,136,720. This year's grand total reached a whopping $4,895,253! The competition's fundraising awards were presented today by Hugh Jackman (Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway), Bernadette Peters (Follies) and Daniel Radcliffe (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying).
The numbers are in and BroadwayWorld brings you a hot-off-the-press breakdown of this year's big winners!
Top Fundraiser How to Succeed in Business $325,935
1st Runner-Up The Book of Mormon $315,968
2nd Runner-Up Wicked $240,809
3rd Runner-Up Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark $197,285
4th Runner-Up Follies $186,405
Other Desert Cities $77,712
Off-Broadway (Play or Musical):
Top Fundraiser Rent $43,300
Top Fundraiser Wicked – Munchkinland $326,902
1st Runner-Up Wicked – Emerald City $316,299
2nd Runner-Up Mary Poppins $169,709
3rd Runner-Up Jersey Boys $157,831
Special Award for Largest Amount Raised - Hugh Jackman BACK ON BROADWAY
Winner- BILLY ELLIOT
1st Runner Up - MARY POPPINS
Celebrity presenters this year included Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Danny Burstein (Follies), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Beth Leavel (Standing on Ceremony: the Gay Marriage Plays), Judith Light (Other Desert Cities), Michele Mais (Rock of Ages), Jan Maxwell (Follies) and Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark).
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