Post-Show Gypsy of the Year Auctions Offer Audiences Special Prizes

News   Post-Show Gypsy of the Year Auctions Offer Audiences Special Prizes
Bette Midler belted "The Rose" at Martin Short: Fames Becomes Me to raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. But how are other shows keeping up?

The annual Gypsy of the Year competition heats up as Broadway shows spend six weeks trying to raise the most money in donations with post-show auctions. This year's ceremony will take place on Dec. 4 and 5 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Fame Becomes Me is also auctioning a customized song penned by co-star and composer Marc Shaiman. The Hairspray Tony Award winner provides the lucky winner with a CD copy after he has written and recorded the song.

The reigning Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Jersey Boys, are banking on their Four Seasons fans to outbid each other on coasters, holiday ornaments and clocks made from old 45 rpm records of songs by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The wardrobe department has also created "Rag Doll"s of each member from pieces of costumes worn in the show.

Among the other items currently being bid upon post-performance are Sutton Foster-conceived "Snowmen on Broadway" card collections based on The Drowsy Chaperone star's handmade paper collages; Beauty and the Beast Belle lockets with a secret Sarah Uriarte Berry-penned message inside and signed limited edition caricatures of her co-star Donny Osmond. The leads of Hairspray have signed customized metal lunchboxes, and Mamma Mia! aprons and golfballs are also on the block.

Winning audience bidders can also take part in backstage tours at The Lion King and Wicked, led by members of each company. The Disney musical is also offering a holiday CD featuring track recordings by companies from around the world, and hand-beaded animals by South Africa's Thembalethu Beaders. Fans of the Oz-based musical can take home Wicked aprons (featuring the phrase "Wicked Good Cook" along with the show’s logo), enamel AIDS ribbon pins, signed posters and individual autographed photos. Tickets for the annual "Gypsy of the Year" event are available by calling (212) 840-0770. For further information, visit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on the web at

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