Multiple generations of Broadway talent came together for a cause Dec. 4 with the annual "Gypsy of the Year" event in New York City.
The star-studded event, which concludes a massive, six-week fundraising campaign by 51 Broadway, off-Broadway and national touring plays and musicals, raised a staggering $3.9 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), which awards grants to AIDS service organizations nationwide.
Among the many highlights of the impressive show were "Forever Fosse," which saw current "Chicago" star Billy Ray Cyrus croon "Bye, Bye Blackbird" a capella before his co-stars broke out into a classic version of "Sing, Sing, Sing," as well as the "Misfits!" number in which the cast of Broadway's "Mary Poppins" told the story of some musicals that just weren't meant to be. An extra special surprise came toward the middle of the show, when Broadway's original "Annie" Andrea McArdle joined the current revival's star Lilla Crawford for a rendition of "Tomorrow."
On hand to present awards for top fundraising efforts was "Evita" star Ricky Martin, who joined Broadway legend Chita Rivera ("West Side Story," "Kiss of the Spider Woman") and Katie Holmes ("Dead Accounts").
BCEFA also produced the annual Broadway Bares event, held in June.