The 23rd Annual Gypsy of the Year, held at the New Amsterdam Theatre on December 5 and 6, raised an all-time high $4,895,253 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Seth Rudetsky served as host.
The original Broadway cast of Grease reunited for a special 40-year anniversary tribute during the opening number, while the show also featured performances by the casts of numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. At the Tuesday, December 6 performance, Hugh Jackman, Bernadette Peters and Daniel Radcliffe announced the grand total, and also presented awards to the top fundraising companies and best performances in this year's show.
The judges for the competition included Stephanie J. Block, Jeff Calhoun, Kim Cattrall, Nikki M. James, Paul Libin, and Tony Sheldon, along with Stephanie Toups and Karen Walter, who both won judging spots at the 25th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in September.