Jersey Boys, may be leaving but they won the award as top fundraiser by collecting $322,211 for the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition, which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The cast of Hamilton took home the award for Best Stage Presentation with a dance to a poem by Lin-Manuel Miranda, based on “America.” Political as always the company performed a dance choreographed by Karla Puno Garcia. “Who said it’s free? Not me. America was never America to me. But I swear it will be.” The cast was also the second-highest fundraiser bring in $293,186.
The Book of Mormon was third with $202,844 and The Lion King, was fourth with $116,361, but they also took home first runner-up for Best Stage Presentation. There number “Alone” featured dancers in black outfits and red scarves to suggest red AIDS ribbons, performing L. Steven Taylor’s piece about facing adversity alone, and promising not to let others suffer the same fate.
Top national tour fundraisers included Wicked (Munchkinland tour) with $268,802, Book of Mormon (Jumamosi tour) with $164,383, Fun Home with $147,065, and The Lion King (Gazelle company) with $146,600.
The top-earning Broadway plays were Oh, Hello on Broadway with $127,633, followed by The Humans with $92,776. The top fundraisers among Off-Broadway shows were Cagney, with $28,125, followed by Avenue Q, with $24,323.
Fundraising awards were handed out by Cynthia Erivo, Jessie Mueller, and Javier Munoz.