Plans Announced for BC/EFA's 2017 Gypsy of the Year
Broadway favorite Seth Rudetsky returns to host the annual fundraiser.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has announced details for the 29th annual Gypsy of the Year competition to be held at the New Amsterdam Theatre, home to Broadway's Aladdin. Seth Rudetsky (Disaster!) will return to host both performances on December 4-5. The event will cap off six weeks of fundraising for the organization, which will begin accepting donations at select shows, including many Broadway favorites, beginning tonight.
Gypsy of the Year celebrates the talented singers and dancers in the ensembles of shows, historically and affectionately known as "gypsies." More than 200 singers, dancers, and special guests will perform original skits, songs, and dances, with awards presented to the best presentation and for the top fundraisers from the preceding six weeks.
As Broadway casts begin to accept donations tonight, more shows will join the effort over the next six weeks of the campaign. Last year, 55 Broadway, Off-Broadway, and national tours raised $4.5 million in donations.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Recently, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS donated over half a million dollars for recovery efforts in areas hit by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.