Performing Arts Against AIDS
A Program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Monday, December 5, 4:30 pm
Tuesday, December 6, 2 pm
New Amsterdam Theatre
214 West 42nd Street, NYC
Broadway’s brightest stars will come together to celebrate six weeks of fundraising with never-before-seen skits, songs and dances as Gypsy of the Year returns for its 28th year.
Casts, crews and volunteers at Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions around the country will stand with Broadway Cares’ iconic red buckets in hand accepting donations at theatre exits. Theatre enthusiasts on both sides of the bucket will have the opportunity to raise money for the most vulnerable among us, helping provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance. In addition to priceless face time with cast members while they are collecting, audiences will have the opportunity to purchase autographed memorabilia and exclusive experiences in exchange for a donations at many of the shows.
The fundraising efforts will culminate in two sensational days of original performances from Broadway’s best singers and dancers in the ensembles of shows, affectionately called “gypsies.” Awards will be presented to the top fundraisers and to the best presentation among the two days of performances.
Nine Broadway shows are set to begin their appeals: The Book of Mormon, The Color Purple, The Humans, The Lion King, Matilda The Musical, Oh, Hello on Broadway, Paramour, The Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock – The Musical, plus Off-Broadway’s Stuffed. Scheduled to join the fundraising next week are Broadway’s Aladdin, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, Holiday Inn, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots and Waitress, plus Off-Broadway’s Othello: The Remix. More shows will be added throughout the six-week campaign. Last year, 54 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours raised $4.8 million.
Host of SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “On Broadway” channel Seth Rudetsky, Broadway’s biggest buff and longtime friend of Broadway Cares, will return to host the shows at the New Amsterdam, home to Disney’s smash hit Aladdin.
Since 1989, the 27 editions of Gypsy of the Year have raised $67.3 million to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
More details about this year’s show will be announced in late November.