PHOTO CALL: Gypsy of the Year 2002: The Phantom of the Opera

News   PHOTO CALL: Gypsy of the Year 2002: The Phantom of the Opera


Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The Phantom of the Opera put in a bid for the 2012 New York City Olympics with a "mixed rhythm gymnastics" event, performed to "Also Spract Zarathustra," played by the worst possible non-union brass section.

Hairspray and Urinetown took home the top honors at the 2002 Gyspy of the Year. Hairspray raised $375,607 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, besting the second place Rent ($237,689) by more than $100,000. The fundraiser runner-ups were Thoroughly Modern Millie ($143,890), Mamma Mia! ($136,766) and Flower Drum Song ($114,802). With a typically acidic skit aimed at Equity's waffling under producer pressure for special touring contracts, not to mention their Broadway fellows Thoroughly Modern Millie, Flower Drum Song and Hairspray, Urinetown won the Best Skit Prize. Les Miserables, introduced by Colm Wilkinson and featuring one hundred former and current cast members singing "Do You Hear the People Sing?," was the runner-up. Altogether the six weeks of fall fundraising netted $2,275,658 for BC/EFA.

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