Bruce To Host “Gypsy of the Year” Competition

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Tickets Now On Sale for Gypsy of the Year Competition
Hairspray’s Vilanch to Host
By Andrew Gans
November 9, 2004

Tickets are now on sale for the 16th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.The annual competition will be held Dec. 6 (4:30 PM) and 7 (2 PM) at the Neil Simon Theatre and follows six weeks of intensive fundraising by various shows on and off Broadway as well as touring productions throughout the country. It’s a chance to celebrate the Broadway gypsies while raising funds for the worthy organization.

Bruce Vilanch, currently on Broadway as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, will host this year’s event.

Awards are presented in two categories: for best skit and for most money raised for BC/EFA. Last season, the competition raised a record-breaking $3,359,000. Best skit honors went to Aida with Urinetown as first runner-up. The Boy From Oz — starring Hugh Jackman — raised the most money for BC/EFA, $633,000, an all-time high for one show. Other front-runners: Hairspray, $303,024; Phantom, $155,964; and Gypsy, $147,366.

Tickets are priced $20, $40 and $90 with VIP seats available for $350 and priority seats for $200. For further information, call (212) 840-0770 ext. 268. For further information, visit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on the web at

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation’s leading industry based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant making organization.