Monday, December 8th / 4:30pm
Tuesday, December 9th / 2:00pm
The whopping grand total of $3,359,533 was announced today at The 15th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition at the Palace Theatre. Broadway, off-Broadway and touring shows participated in the fundraising efforts.
The Boy From Oz brought in the most money of any show (nearly doubling Hairspray‘s record-breaking numbers from last year) with $632,998. Runners up in fundraising for BC/EFA included Hairspray with $303,024, The Phantom of the Opera with $155,964, Gypsy with $147, 366 and Mamma Mia! with $133, 286. The Broadway play that raised the most money was The Retreat from Moscow with $56,291, and the off-Broadway show winner was Fame on 42nd Street, which raised $18,004. The top fundraiser on the road was the Mamma Mia! which brought in $154,325. The winners were announced by Jackman, Gypsy star Bernadette Peters and Hairspray‘sHarvey Fierstein.
Of course, Gypsy of the Year is about more than money–it is a chance for Broadway’s chorus folks to strut their stuff. This year the show was hosted by the droll duo of The Violet Hour‘s Mario Cantone and Gypsy‘s Julie Halston.
The judges Delta Burke / THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Ted Chapin of The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, BC/EFA major donors Judy Dove, Barbara Ann Klein and Marion Duckworth Smith, Jujamcyn VP and BC/EFA President Paul Libin, Priscilla Lopez / ANNA IN THE TROPICS and Ned Walker of BC/EFA sponsor CONTINENTAL AIRLINES chose the dance number by the Aida cast as the winner of the Judges’ Award for Best Presentation. The runner-up was Urinetown, in the show’s last ever Gypsy of the Yearperformance.