PHOTO CALL: The 24th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition
By Matthew Blank
The Dec. 3-4 24th Annual Gypsy of the Year competition collected a grand total of $3,902,608 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the fourth highest total ever.
"Tossed Around," an athletic dance number that sent the gypsies of The Lion King whirling over sets of wooden chairs, earned that show the title honor at the event.
Hosted by Seth Rudetsky, this year's edition of the revue at the New Amsterdam Theatre offered a mix of comedy songs, dance and honest sentiment, especially from some of the older stars and presenters, who recalled the darkest days of the epidemic in the 1980s — before treatments that have controlled but not cured the illness, which gave birth to the first Gypsy of the Year competition in 1989. The event has raised more than $65 million in the ensuing near-quarter century.
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