This year’s "Gypsy of the Year" event, held on Dec. 5 and 6, was again hosted by Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky, host of "Seth’s Big Fat Broadway" on Sirius/XM radio.
"Gypsy of the Year" is the culmination of six weeks of intensive fundraising by Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies. It features some of the most talented singers and dancers in the ensemble of shows, known as "gypsies." Awards are presented to the top fundraisers and for the best presentation during the two performances.
We Love Soaps was at Monday's show where the original cast of "Grease" reunited (pictured above). Featuring Adrienne Barbeau and Ilene Kristen, they performed a number of songs from the hit musical which was later made into John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John-starring film.
Last year, Gypsy of the Year raised $3,776,720, pushing the competition's 22-year total to $44,136,720. This year's grand total reached a whopping $4,895,000!
The competition's fundraising awards were presented today by Hugh Jackman ("Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway"), Bernadette Peters ("Follies") and Daniel Radcliffe ("How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying").
The numbers are in and here is a breakdown of this year's big winners from Broadway World:
Top Fundraiser - "How To Succeed..." (starring Tammy Blanchard, Michael Park)
1st Runner Up - "The Book of Mormon"
2nd Runner Up - "Wicked"
3rd Runner Up - "Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark"
4th Runner Up - "Follies" (starring Ron Raines)
Top Fundraiser - "Other Desert Cities" (starring Judith Light)
Off-Broadway (Play or Musical):
Top Fundraiser - "Rent"
Top Fundraiser - "Wicked" (Munchkinland)
1st Runner Up - "Wicked" (Emerald City)
2nd Runner Up - "Mary Poppins"
3rd Runner Up - Jersey Boys
Special Award for Largest Amount Raised:
"Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway"
Winner - "Billy Elliot"
1st Runner Up - "Mary Poppins"