Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
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Broadway’s brightest will celebrate six weeks of dedicated fundraising in a spectacular showcase of songs and skits when the Gypsy of the Year competition returns December 4 and 5 to the New Amsterdam Theatre.
For two extraordinary afternoons, the 29th annual edition of Gypsy of the Year will celebrate the talented singers and dancers in the ensembles of shows, historically and affectionately known as “gypsies.” More than 200 singers, dancers and special guests will perform original skits, songs and dances, with awards presented to the best presentation and for the top fundraisers from the preceding six weeks.
For eight shows a week, theatre lobbies in New York City and beyond will be filled with casts, crew members and volunteers accepting donations with Broadway Cares’ signature red buckets in hand. Every dollar placed in a bucket at Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tour theatres will help provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals, emergency financial assistance and more to the most vulnerable among us. A $10 donation covers HIV tests at a health clinic. A $50 donation provides 40 nutritious meals in a soup kitchen for the most vulnerable among us.
Additionally, audiences at many shows can purchase autographed memorabilia, like signed posters, Playbills and prop pieces. Some shows will offer one-of-a-kind experiences, including backstage tours and meet-and-greets, in exchange for a donation.
Seventeen Broadway shows are set to begin their appeals: Aladdin, Anastasia, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon, A Bronx Tale The Musical, Cats, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock – The Musical, Waitress and Wicked. More shows will be added throughout the six-week campaign. Last year, 55 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours raised $4.5 million.
Seth Rudetsky, beloved host of SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “On Broadway” channel and longtime friend of Broadway Cares, will return to host the December 4 and 5 shows.
Since 1989, the 28 editions of Gypsy of the Year have raised more than $72.7 million to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
More details about this year’s show will be announced in late November.