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26TH ANNUAL

GYPSY OF THE YEAR

TO BE HELD

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8
& TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY
AT THE NEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE (214 WEST 42nd STREET)

PRODUCED BY AND BENEFITING BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

Watch and share special video at broadwaycares.org/gypsy2014video

Broadway's best and brightest will dance, sing and celebrate six weeks of intensive fundraising as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS presents the 26th AnnualGypsy of the YearCompetition on Monday, December 8 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 9 (2 PM) at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street, NYC). The event, produced by and benefitingBroadway Cares, is the culminating chapter of fall fundraising efforts by Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies.

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

24th ANNUAL
GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
TO BE HELD MONDAY, DECEMBER 3 & TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY
AT THE NEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE (214 WEST 42nd STREET)
PRODUCED BY AND BENEFITING BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

The GYPSY OF THE YEAR Competition, Broadway’s celebration of the tireless work of ensemble singers and dancers, will be back for its 24th year on Monday, December 3 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 4 (2 PM) at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street). The event is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS’

23RD ANNUAL GYPSY OF THE YEAR

RAISES RECORD-BREAKING $4,895,253

The 23rd Annual GYPSY OF THE YEAR raised an all-time high $4,895,253 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, thanks to the tireless work of 53 participating Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies during six weeks of intensive fundraising this fall.

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS’

22ND ANNUAL

GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

ANNOUNCES

CELEBRITY PRESENTERS, JUDGES, PARTICIPANTS

 MONDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 4:30 PM & TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 2 PM
AT THE NEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE (214 W. 42nd Street)

 PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present the 22nd Annual GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION on Monday, December 6 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 7 (2 PM) at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W. 42nd Street). The proceeds from the event, a dazzling once-a-year variety show filled with lavish musical numbers, original skits and Broadway stars, will benefit BC/EFA.

This year’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR will be hosted by Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky (“Seth’s Big Fat Broadway” on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio).

As previously announced, the opening number will feature the legendary Carol Channing performing some of her most beloved songs. The number will be staged by choreographers Melissa Rae Mahon and Sean McKnight with musical direction by Ben Cohn, special lyrics by Rob Krausz and costumes by Brian Hemesath.

This year’s judges include Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley  (Next to Normal); Alison Fraser (The Divine Sister); Boyd Gaines (Driving Miss Daisy); Bebe Neuwirth (The Addams Family); Eve Plumb (Miss Abigail’s Guide…); Patricia White (President, Local 764 – Theatrical Wardrobe Union); and Nick Wyman (President of Actors’ Equity).

This year’s celebrity presenters include Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Cherry Jones (Mrs. Warren’s Profession), T.R. Knight (A Life in the Theatre), Judith Light (Lombardi), Bernadette Peters (A Little Night Music), David Hyde Pierce (La Bête), Billy Porter (Angels in America), Colin Quinn (Colin Quinn Long Story Short) and Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet).

Shows scheduled to present include: The Addams Family; Billy Elliot; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Chicago; Fela; In The Heights; the national tour of Jersey Boys; La Cage aux Folles; The Lion King; Mamma Mia; Mary Poppins; the national tour of Mary Poppins; My Big Gay Italian Wedding; Promises, Promises; Rock of Ages; Wicked; and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

There also will be a special presentation by choreographer Shea Sullivan in tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Gypsy Robe, a Broadway tradition passed on opening nights from musical-to-musical honoring each show’s chorus member with the most Broadway credits.

Described as “possibly the season’s most dazzling talent show,” the GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION, the all-singing, all-dancing, all-dishing extravaganza, is easily the biggest party in town! Organizers of the event are expecting performers from Broadway and Off-Broadway’s biggest and most lavish productions.

THE GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION is the culmination of six weeks of fundraising when shows on and Off-Broadway engage in a friendly competition to see which show can raise the most money for the organization.  Awards are presented to the companies that raise the most money and for the winning presentation.

TO BUY TICKETS TO GYPSY OF THE YEAR: VIP and Priority tickets ($350 and $200) and other tickets ($110/$40/$20) can be purchased online at www.broadwaycares.org, in person at BC/EFA (165 West 46th Street, Suite 1300), by phone at 212-840-0770, or at the door the day of the event.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations.  By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. 

BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic and more. 

THE GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION is sponsored by:

Continental Airlines, the official airline of BC/EFA, and The New York Times

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www.broadwaycares.org

Follow Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on Twitter @BCEFA or on Facebook.

CAROL CHANNING

TO PERFORM IN OPENING NUMBER OF

BROADWAY CARES/ EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS’

22ND ANNUAL GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

 

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 4:30 PM & TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 2 PM

AT THE NEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE (214 West 42nd Street)

Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS is pleased to announce that the legendary Carol Channing will perform in the opening number of the 22ND ANNUAL GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION. Tickets are on sale now for this year’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION which will be held on Monday, December 6 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 7 (2 PM) at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street).

Channing, a three time Tony Award winner, is a star of international acclaim having made iconic Broadway appearances as ‘Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi’ in Hello, Dolly! and ‘Lorelei Lee’ in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Her last run on Broadway was in the 1995 revival of Hello, Dolly! That same year, she was honored with the Tony Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR opening number will feature some of Channing’s most beloved songs. The number will be staged by choreographers Melissa Rae Mahon and Sean McKnight with musical direction by Ben Cohn, special lyrics by Rob Krausz and costumes by Brian Hemesath.

Cited as “possibly the season’s most dazzling talent show,” the GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION, the all-singing, all-dancing, all-dishing extravaganza, is easily the biggest party in town! Organizers of the event are expecting performers from Broadway and Off-Broadway’s biggest and most lavish productions.

THE GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION is the culmination of six weeks of fund raising when shows on and Off-Broadway engage in a friendly competition to see which show can raise the most money for the organization.  Awards are presented to the companies that raise the most money and for the winning presentation.

TO BUY TICKETS TO GYPSY OF THE YEAR: VIP and Priority tickets ($350 and $200) and other tickets ($110/$40/$20) can be purchased online at www.BroadwayCares.org, in person at BC/EFA (165 West 46th Street, Suite 1300), by phone at (212) 840-0770, or at the door the day of the event.

Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations.  By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. 

BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic and more. 

THE GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION is sponsored by:

Continental Airlines, the official airline of BC/EFA and The New York Times

For more information, visit: www.BroadwayCares.org

Follow BC/EFA on Twitter: @BCEFA

Find BC/EFA on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BCEFA

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