Mister V Hosts “The 16th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition”

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Broadway Gypsies Compete in Annual
BC/EFA Fundraiser Dec. 6 and 7
By Andrew Gans
December 6, 2004

The 16th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition — benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS — will be held Dec. 6 (4:30 PM) and 7 (2 PM) at the Neil Simon Theatre. Bruce Vilanch, currently on Broadway as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, hosts the annual competition, which 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.

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 www.bcefa.org

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