Broadway Gypsies Compete in Annual BC/EFA Fundraiser Dec. 5 and 6

News   Broadway Gypsies Compete in Annual BC/EFA Fundraiser Dec. 5 and 6 The 17th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition — benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS — will be presented Dec. 5 (at 4:30 PM) and Dec. 6 (at 2 PM) at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Brad Oscar during the opening number of last year's Gypsy of the Year Competition.
Brad Oscar during the opening number of last year's Gypsy of the Year Competition. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The annual competition, which follows six weeks of intensive fundraising by various shows on and off Broadway as well as touring productions throughout the country, will be co-hosted by The Odd Couple's Brad Garrett and Lee Wilkof. The two-day event is a chance to celebrate the Broadway gypsies while raising funds for the worthy charity. Awards are presented in two categories: for best skit and for most money raised for BC/EFA. Last season, the competition raised a whopping $2,754,631. Best skit honors went to The Lion King with Wicked as first runner-up. The latter also raised the most money for BC/EFA, $365,918. Other front-runners: Avenue Q ($154,208), Mamma Mia! ($154,032), The Phantom of the Opera ($151,124), The Lion King ($150,822) and Rent ($144,179).

Tickets for this year's competition are priced $20, $40 and $90 with VIP and Priority tickets costing $200 and $350. Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 840-0770 or by visiting the BC/EFA offices at 165 West 46th Street, Suite 1300. Tickets are also available at the Neil Simon Theatre Dec. 5 and 6.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's leading industry based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant making organization. For further information, visit BC/EFA on the web at http://www.bcefa.org.