PHOTO CALL: Gypsy of the Year Wraps Up Record-Setting Year Fifteen

News   PHOTO CALL: Gypsy of the Year Wraps Up Record-Setting Year Fifteen
 
The annual Gypsy of the Year competition, held every year amongst Broadway and Off-Broadway shows to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, held its annual competition Dec. 8 and 9.
Top: Priscilla Lopez and Delta Burke, Middle: Lypsinka, Bottom: Beauty and the Beast
Top: Priscilla Lopez and Delta Burke, Middle: Lypsinka, Bottom: Beauty and the Beast

The event has become a staple of the Broadway season since it began in 1988. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation's leading industry-based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant making organization. Since its founding, the much-respected organization has raised over $50 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses. The Gypsy of the Year competition, pits the chorus members of on and Off-Broadway shows against each other in a friendly duel to see who can raise the most money for BC/EFA. This year, The Boy from Oz shattered the single-year record due in part to its magnetic star Hugh Jackman. One post-show auction saw Jackman bid away a kiss from his very own lips, in addition to several of his sweaty towels. The culmination of the event occurs after six-weeks of fund-raising, when the shows come together over two nights for a spectacular talent show.

At left, the judges of this year's show, Priscilla Lopez and Delta Burke, are seen at the event's conclusion, and the stars of Lypsinka: As I Lay Lip-Synching and Beauty and the Beast perform their numbers. Below, Hugh Jackman and Harvey Fierstein display the fun-loving nature that has helped to turn the event into one of the most anticipated of the year.

All photos are by Aubrey Reuben

Hugh Jackman and Harvey Fierstein get into the spirit of things
Hugh Jackman and Harvey Fierstein get into the spirit of things
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