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