Wednesday, December 7, 2011

More Tidbits From the Back Office

In a quick turnaround from what I posted yesterday, is now announcing that the musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning film Once will be moving to Broadway this February. The show will be moving to the Barnard B. Jacobs theater and will begin previews on February 28th, with opening night set for March 18th.

In other news, the 23rd Annual Gypsy of the Year event happened December 5th and 6th this year and brought in a record breaking $4,895,253 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The highest amount of money raised by an individual show was from Hugh Jackman's one-man show, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, which brought in $857,740 by literally selling the shirt off his back. A farewell appearance came from the cast of Billy Elliot, which will be closing in January. That show's performance earned it the title of Gypsy of the Year and Best Stage Performance. The runner-up spot went to the cast of Mary Poppins, whose performance mocked the "Junior" versions of Broadway shows that are altered from the real versions for the purpose of school groups.

For those who don't know what the Gypsy of the Year event is, described it pretty well. "As has become custom, the event featured a vaudeville-like mixture of satirical skits, inspirational songs and virtuoso dance numbers, all performed by the gypsies, the Broadway dancers who go from show to show and provide singing and dancing support to the leads."

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