The Gypsy Of The Year competition beat records this year, raising $4,895,253! The event was held yesterday and today, December 5th and 6th, and Hugh Jackman was there to help host. During his run on Broadway, Hugh was able to raise an incredible $857,740 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), making him the “winner” of the competition. In fact, Hugh’s percentage of the total money raised in just three weeks was so high – more than twice as much as the second largest total (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying‘s $325,935) – that “the judges took him out of the competition and gave him a Special Award for the effort” (PLAYBILL).
Bernadette Peters and Daniel Radcliffe were the other two hosts of the evening, helping Hugh hand out awards to the winners. The soon closing Billy Elliot earned the title of Best Onstage Presentation, while a highlight of the evening was a special performance by the original 1972 Broadway cast of Grease. Other musicals that raised an impressive amount for BC/EFA this year include Book of Mormon ($315,968), Wicked ($240,809), Spider-Man ($197,285), and Follies ($186,405). The top raising play was Other Desert Cities with $77,712. Congratulations to all!
Last night, December 5th, Hugh Jackman attended the 10th anniversary of Baby Buggy! It was a special occasion this year, with Jerry Seinfeld “& Friends” – including Jon Stewart and Colin Quinn – performing at Lincoln Center in NYC in an attempt to raise funds for the nonprofit organization. The Baby Buggy is a yearly event in which money is raised to provide families in need with clothing, educational tools, products, and more for children.
When asked by Lil Sugar what Hugh wanted for Christmas this year, he said the following:
“I really feel like I have everything I could ever want. I’m on Broadway, my family’s here, my parents are coming in from Australia. I would want more than one night off a week, so maybe that!”
As much as I still loved the previous layout, I thought it was time to give Hugh Jackman Fan a fresh new look. Ina was taking orders and, having adored her previous work, I just had to order a design using those beautiful new pictures of Hugh posing in front of the Broadhurst. The final result? Absolutely amazing! I love how sophisticated, glamorous, and classy the layout looks — and it should be easier to read as well. Thanks so much for giving HJF a gorgeous makeover, Ina!