The 29th annual Gypsy of the Year competition, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be presented December 4 at 4:30 PM and December 5 at 2 PM at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street).
Actor, musician, radio host, and Playbill columnist Seth Rudetsky will return to host the shows at the New Amsterdam, home to Disney’s hit Aladdin. Celebrity participants will be announced in the coming weeks.
Six weeks of dedicated fundraising begin this week from the stages of shows in New York and around the U.S. Ten Broadway shows are set to begin their appeals October 20: Aladdin, Anastasia, The Book of Mormon, A Bronx Tale The Musical, Cats, Come From Away, The Lion King, Miss Saigon, School of Rock—The Musical and Wicked. Scheduled to join the fundraising next week are Beautiful —The Carole King Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, The Phantom of the Opera and Waitress. More shows will be added throughout the six-week campaign. Last year, 55 Broadway shows, Off-Broadway shows, and national tours raised $4.5 million.
Check out video from last year's event:
Gypsy of the Year celebrates the talented singers and dancers in the ensembles of shows, historically known as “gypsies.” More than 200 gypsies and special guests will perform original skits, songs, and dances at the December performances, with awards presented to the best presentation and for the top fundraisers from the preceding six weeks.
Since 1989, the 28 editions of Gypsy of the Year have raised more than $72.7 million to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Advance tickets to Gypsy of the Year can now be purchased online at broadwaycares.org. VIP and Priority tickets are $375 and $250, respectively. Other tickets are available at $130, $50, and $30.
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 more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Seth Rudetsky has been a special guest performer on many of Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. He is scheduled to return for Broadway on the Danube River with Michael Feinstein November 3–13, also featuring Rachel Bay Jones, Julia Murney, Christopher Fitzgerald, Laura Osnes, Marc Kudisch, and Brandon Uranowitz.
Tickets are also now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess.
Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.