Gypsy of the Year Raises Over $3.7 Million for BC/EFA
Seth Rudetsky hosted the event. Celebrity presenters included Kristin Chenoweth, Sean Hayes, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Cherry Jones, T.R. Knight, Judith Light, Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce, Billy Porter, Colin Quinn, and Elizabeth Stanley.
Three-time Tony Award winner Carol Channing performed the opening number, which was staged by choreographers Melissa Rae Mahon and Sean McKnight with musical direction by Ben Cohn, special lyrics by Rob Krausz and costumes by Brian Hemesath. Following the number, a cake was presented to Channing in honor of her 90th birthday, and she was paid tribute by Tyne Daly and Lee Roy Reams.
Over 15 shows participated in the "talent" competition. First prize went to Rock of Ages featuring a circus-themed act starring Julie Nelson and Rudi Macaggi; the first runner-up was The Addams Family, for which Adam Riegler (who plays Pugsley Addams) presented a special version of an "It Gets Better" video (co-written by star Nathan Lane).
Other performing highlights included Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda joining the company of In the Heights; Tony winner Douglas Hodge joining the cast of La Cage Aux Folles for a spoof of Annie; Promises, Promises star Molly Shannon appearing as her Saturday Night Live character Sally O'Malley, and an appearance by Adrian Bailey in a salute to 60 years of The Gypsy Robe.