When they held the first Gypsy of the Year show in 1989, they raised $70,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. And every year since then, in the late fall, performers have encouraged donations at the exit doors of Broadway, off-Broadway and touring productions. This project has now raised more than $82 million.
The culmination of the drive is two enormously entertaining shows at which gypsies (the affectionate nickname for Broadway's itinerant dancers and singers) get the spotlight. Awards are given for the best performance and for the shows that have raised the most money.
If you want to see one of the Gypsy of the Year shows, now called the Red Bucket Follies, they'll take place at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Monday, December 9, 4:30pm and Tuesday, December 10 at 2pm. Tickets go on sale today.