The 24th annual Gypsy of the Year competition, held at the New Amsterdam Theatre, raised $3,902,608 to support the good works of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year's event culminated with David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk leading a tribute to the late, great lyricist Fred Ebb, whose estate has been spectacularly generous towards BC/EFA (to the tune of more than $6 million). Here are my photos of the show, which featured lots of great numbers performed by Broadway's gypsies as well as special appearances by such notables as Len Cariou (who created the role of Sweeney Todd) and Andrea McArdle, Broadway's original Annie, who sang a duet version of "Tomorrow" with Lilla Crawford, the star of the Annie revival. At the end of the event, the winners in the fundraising and performance categories were announced by Chita Rivera, Katie Holmes, and Ricky Martin.
Published on Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Michael Portantiere has more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has interviewed theater notables for NPR.org, PLAYBILL, STAGEBILL, and OPERA NEWS, and has written notes for several cast albums. Michael is co-author of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: BEHIND THE MYLAR CURTAIN, published in 2008 by Hal Leonard/Applause. Additionally, he is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several major websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.) He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org