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BC/EFA’s “Broadway Backwards 6” will play the Longacre Theatre on Monday, February 7, 2011

BROADWAY BACKWARDS 6 

PRODUCED BY BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

AND BENEFITING BC/EFA & THE CENTER

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7 AT 8 PM

BROADWAY’S LONGACRE THEATRE

TICKETS ON SALE TODAY: www.broadwaycares.org

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (the Center) are pleased to announce BROADWAY BACKWARDS 6, a one-night-only event, will be held Monday, February 7, 2011 at 8 PM at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street). BROADWAY BACKWARDS 6 is produced by BC/EFA and will benefit BC/EFA and the Center.

Never underestimate the power of a pronoun! BROADWAY BACKWARDS is the only annual Broadway event custom-made for the gay and lesbian community, their friends and family and will feature some of Broadway’s biggest names singing songs originally written for the opposite gender: women singing songs written for men and men singing songs written for women. By keeping all of the lyrics intact, including the original pronouns, each song takes on an entirely new dimension, sometimes with hysterical results and sometimes with immensely touching results. BROADWAY BACKWARDS will give its audience a chance to see and hear some of the most treasured songs of the Great White Way in a whole new key.

Creator Robert Bartley will again direct and choreograph with musical direction by Chris Haberl. Last year’s sold out show featured dazzling performances from an impressive line-up of stars boasting four Tony Awards and 20 Tony Award nominations. Continue reading

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BC/EFA’s “Gypsy of the Year” Competition Raises $3,776,720

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS’

22ND ANNUAL

GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

RAISES $3,776,720

The 22nd Annual GYPSY OF THE YEAR Competition raised $3,776,720 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, thanks to the tireless work of 63 participating Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies, it was announced Tuesday. Since 1989, the 22 editions of GYPSY OF THE YEAR have raised a total of $44,137,415 to benefit BC/EFA.

This year’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR also marked the return to the New York stage of three-time Tony Award-winner Carol Channing, who was featured in the show’s opening number, a tribute to the legendary star’s many appearances on Broadway over the last 70 years. After being serenaded by a chorus of male dancers, many from the 1995 revival of Hello, Dolly!, Channing sang two of her most-beloved songs, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “Hello, Dolly.”

GYPSY OF THE YEAR is the culmination of six weeks of intensive fundraising where the theater community’s most talented “gypsies,” chorus members from Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring shows, join in a competition/variety show. Continue reading

NYC’s Best Shows to be Featured on NBC New York Nonstop Giving Telethon

THE 39 STEPS, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC,

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS, & JERSEY BOYS

TO BE FEATURED ON NBC NEW YORK NONSTOP GIVING TELETHON

TOMORROW DECEMBER 2

NEW YORK THEATRE SPECIAL TO AIR THROUGH OUT THE DAY

ON NBC NEW YORK NONSTOP TIME WARNER CHANNEL 161

THE 39 STEPS, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, and JERSEY BOYS, and will all be featured tomorrow as part of the first annual NBC New York Nonstop Giving Telethon. The New York Theatre special will air tomorrow, December 2 at 7 AM, 10:30 AM, 5 PM, and 10:30 PM, on NBC New York Nonstop (Time Warner Cable, channel 161). For listings on other cable system’s CLICK HERE. Continue reading

BC/EFA’s Gypsy of the Year Competition Announces Celebrity Presenters, Judges, Participants

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS’

22ND ANNUAL

GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

ANNOUNCES

CELEBRITY PRESENTERS, JUDGES, PARTICIPANTS

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 4:30 PM & TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 2 PM

AT THE NEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE (214 W. 42nd Street)

PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present the 22nd Annual GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION on Monday, December 6 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 7 (2 PM) at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W. 42nd Street). The proceeds from the event, a dazzling once-a-year variety show filled with lavish musical numbers, original skits and Broadway stars, will benefit BC/EFA.

This year’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR will be hosted by Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky (“Seth’s Big Fat Broadway” on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio).

As previously announced, the opening number will feature the legendary Carol Channing performing some of her most beloved songs. The number will be staged by choreographers Melissa Rae Mahon and Sean McKnight with musical direction by Ben Cohn, special lyrics by Rob Krausz and costumes by Brian Hemesath.

This year’s judges include Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley (Next to Normal); Alison Fraser (The Divine Sister); Boyd Gaines (Driving Miss Daisy); Bebe Neuwirth (The Addams Family); Eve Plumb (Miss Abigail’s Guide…); Patricia White (President, Local 764 – Theatrical Wardrobe Union); and Nick Wyman (President of Actors’ Equity).

This year’s celebrity presenters include Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Cherry Jones (Mrs. Warren’s Profession), T.R. Knight (A Life in the Theatre), Judith Light (Lombardi), Bernadette Peters (A Little Night Music), David Hyde Pierce (La Bête), Billy Porter (Angels in America), Colin Quinn (Colin Quinn Long Story Short) and Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet).

Shows scheduled to present include: The Addams Family; Billy Elliot; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Chicago; Fela; In The Heights; the national tour of Jersey Boys; La Cage aux Folles; The Lion King; Mamma Mia; Mary Poppins; the national tour of Mary Poppins; My Big Gay Italian Wedding; Promises, Promises; Rock of Ages; Wicked; and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

There also will be a special presentation by choreographer Shea Sullivan in tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Gypsy Robe, a Broadway tradition passed on opening nights from musical-to-musical honoring each show’s chorus member with the most Broadway credits.

Described as “possibly the season’s most dazzling talent show,” the GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION, the all-singing, all-dancing, all-dishing extravaganza, is easily the biggest party in town! Organizers of the event are expecting performers from Broadway and Off-Broadway’s biggest and most lavish productions.

THE GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION is the culmination of six weeks of fundraising when shows on and Off-Broadway engage in a friendly competition to see which show can raise the most money for the organization.  Awards are presented to the companies that raise the most money and for the winning presentation.

TO BUY TICKETS TO GYPSY OF THE YEAR: VIP and Priority tickets ($350 and $200) and other tickets ($110/$40/$20) can be purchased online at www.broadwaycares.org, in person at BC/EFA (165 West 46th Street, Suite 1300), by phone at 212-840-0770, or at the door the day of the event.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations.  By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic and more.

THE GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION is sponsored by:

Continental Airlines, the official airline of BC/EFA, and The New York Times

Carol Channing to Perform in BC/EFA’s Gypsy of the Year Competition

CAROL CHANNING

TO PERFORM IN OPENING NUMBER OF

BROADWAY CARES/ EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS’

22ND ANNUAL GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 4:30 PM & TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 2 PM

AT THE NEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE (214 West 42nd Street)

Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS is pleased to announce that the legendary Carol Channing will perform in the opening number of the 22ND ANNUAL GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION. Tickets are on sale now for this year’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION which will be held on Monday, December 6 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 7 (2 PM) at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street). Continue reading

BC/EFA’s 24th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction Raises $476,917

BROADWAY CARES/ EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS’

24TH ANNUAL FLEA MARKET & GRAND AUCTION

RAISES $476,917

The 24th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction held yesterday Sunday, September 26, raised a grand total of $476,917 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).

Since its debut in 1987, which then raised $12,000, the 24 editions of The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction have raised a grand total of $8,638,669 for BC/EFA.

The Flea Market and Grand Auction is an annual fair in which Broadway, Off-Broadway and other members of the theatrical community donate and sell their wares to benefit BC/EFA.  The event also included the Celebrity Table, where celebrities gathered throughout the day to sign autographs and pose for photos in exchange for donations.  The climax of the day was the Grand Auction in which truly unique and priceless items are auctioned off live to the highest bidder.

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BC/EFA’s Broadway Flea Market Announces Additional Auction Items & Celebrity Participants

ADDITIONAL AUCTION ITEMS & CELEBS ANNOUNCED

BROADWAY’S BRIGHTEST STARS!

SIGNED TREASURES!!!  ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCES!!

THE 24TH ANNUAL

BROADWAY FLEA MARKET & GRAND AUCTION

TO BENEFIT

BROADWAY CARES / EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

SHUBERT ALLEY & WEST 44TH STREET

Theatre and TV stars are coming out to support Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS at the 24TH ANNUAL Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction to be held on Sunday, September 26 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM in Shubert Alley (Shubert Alley & West 44th Street).

The event will be held outdoors in Shubert Alley and is free and open to the public. From posing with your favorite Broadway and Daytime stars for photos, to buying that lost cast recording, signed show posters and Playbills, rare costume sketches or special gift for a theatre-lover you can’t find anywhere – this year’s Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction promises to offer something for everyone.

The Grand Auction has always been the highlight of the Flea Market event and this year will not disappoint. The following new lots are included in the auction and will be up for bidding! Continue reading