PHOTO CALL: Hugh Jackman Shines, Pippin Soars, Lion King Dances for Peace and The Wiz Is Revived at the 2014 Gypsy of the Year

News   PHOTO CALL: Hugh Jackman Shines, Pippin Soars, Lion King Dances for Peace and The Wiz Is Revived at the 2014 Gypsy of the Year
 
The Lion King dancers and Hugh Jackman’s juggernaut fundraising skills proved a potent combination once again at the 26th annual Gypsy of the Year Competition, which raised an all-time record-breaking $5.2 million for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The Lion King won Best Presentation for the third year in a row with “Is the Writing on the Wall?,” in which the show’s limber dancers circled a man in a top hat who sketched a dove of peace in chalk on a black wall.

Jackman’s auctioning of his sweaty shirts after each performance of his play The Rivera strategy he perfected in 2011 on his show Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway — helped loft that show’s total to $549,725 so far beyond the next-highest earner (It’s Only a Play, with $464,559) that the judges took The River out of the competition and gave Jackman a Special Award for extraordinary effort, as they did in 2011.

Read the full recap here.

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