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Congratulations to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, whose six weeks of fundraising in 2013 yielded $4,343,234 to fight AIDS. The fundraising culminated in the 25th anniversary celebration of "Gypsy of the Year," which was presented in two sold-out performances on December 9 and 10. The variety show included an array of original dances, songs, and skits performed by more than 250 "gypsies," the singers and dancers in the ensembles of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
Since 1989, the "Gypsy of the Year" competition has raised more than $57,000,000 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The show that raised the most money in 2013 was Kinky Boots, followed by Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and Newsies.
The first Gypsy of the Year was hosted by Tyne Daly and Jonathan Hadary in 1989. They returned in 2013 as special guest hosts. Reminding the audience of the countless lives lost and impacted by HIV/AIDS, they led a heartfelt moment of silence.
The 2013 show was the sixth consecutive Gypsy of the Year hosted by Seth Rudetsky.
Among the celebrity presenters were Daniel Craig, Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Cherry Jones, and Zachary Quinto.
The performance included show-stopping numbers from ensembles of Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals, as well as a witty retelling of Dracula by Stephen Fry and a touching homage to the late Michael Jeter.
The video below presents the show's opening number, which featured Klea Blackhurst as Ethel Merman comparing gypsies of her day with 18 high-kicking, modern-day gypsies representing the cast of Newsies.
More highlights from the show are below.