The 26th annual Gypsy of the Year Competition raised a record-breaking $5,229,611 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The event has raised over $62.4 million for the organization since it began in 1989. The all-in-good-fun competition/variety show featuring “gypsies” of Broadway and off-Broadway’s best took place on December 8 and 9 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Off-Broadway (Play or Musical) Top Fundraiser: Avenue Q – $19,237 National Tours Top Fundraiser: Kinky Boots – $329,734 1st Runner-Up: Wicked (Munchkinland) – $257,880 2nd Runner-Up: The Book of Mormon (Latter Day) – $242,756 3rd Runner-Up: Wicked (Emerald City) – $205,386 View Comments Presenters for the show included Hedwig and the Angry Inch stars Michael C. Hall and Lena Hall and Kevin Duda, Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The judges panel consisted of You Can’t Take It With You’s Julie Halson, Aladdin stars Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, Curious Incident headliner Alex Sharp, Jujamcyn Theaters Executive Vice President and BC/EFA Board of Trustees President Paul Libin, BC/EFA staffer Yvonne Ghareeb and Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction winners Lee Perlman and Peg Wendlandt. Broadway (Musical) Top Fundraiser: Kinky Boots – $233,544 1st Runner-up: Cabaret – $217,699 2nd Runner-Up: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – $195,773 3rd Runner-Up: The Book of Mormon – $193,181 The remaining shows that took top spots for their fundraising efforts are as follows: The cast of The Lion King took top honors for their onstage presentation—a socially charged dance that personified the struggles of racism and fight for equality. The cast of Pippin was also recognized for their performance –an acrobatic act set to Selah Sue’s “This World.” Broadway (Play) 1st Runner-Up: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: $115,980 The River took the title as top fundraiser, having raised $549,725 over the course of three weeks (thanks to Jackman aucitioning off his shirt after performances.) The Jackman-led drama will continue to raise money for the next three weeks to complete the six-week donation period other shows have done. It was followed by It’s Only a Play, which raised $464,559 over six weeks. Following the December 9 performance, The River star Hugh Jackman, It’s Only a Play’s Nathan Lane and Judith Light took the stage to announce the grand total and present awards to the top fundraising companies and to the best performances in this year’s show. read more
Mikel Arteta is impressing Arsenal’s players with his coaching style (Getty Images)Arsenal’s players and long-serving backroom staff have been ‘blown away’ by Mikel Arteta’s training sessions, according to reports.Arteta secured his first victory since being appoint as Arsenal manager on Wednesday evening as the Gunners beat Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.The Spaniard has been given little time to work with his players due to Arsenal’s busy festive fixture schedule.But according to the Daily Mirror, Arteta has already made a ‘strong impression’ with his coaching ability.ADVERTISEMENTBefore Arsenal’s fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester United, Arteta got his players training on the pitch at the Emirates Stadium. Arteta is managing to get the best out of Mesut Ozil (AFP via Getty Images)And in his short time with the players, Arteta has already stressed the importance of winning the ball back quickly, which was on full display in the 2-0 win against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Wednesday night.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal had been on a run of seven games at home without a victory and David Luiz also admitted after the win over United that the players are happier under Arteta.‘I believe he can improve every player,’ said Luiz.‘Mikel is a great coach and knows football. He was a great player, he brings things and I believe in his philosophy.‘We are going to do big things in the future, but step by step.’ Nicolas Pepe scored Arsenal’s opening goal in their win over Manchester United (Getty Images)Nicolas Pepe, who scored Arsenal’s opening goal against United, believes Arsenal’s players are quickly picking up Arteta’s philosophy and ideas.‘We are doing a lot, a lot of video during training in order to perform well during the match,’ said Pepe.‘We performed well, we were solid defensively, we were good going forward.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It is all new for us. A new system, new instructions. We are adapting quickly.‘That has been seen in the last three matches, even though we did not win, we were very good, we were just missing the victory, which we were able to do tonight. We need to continue like this.‘Now we have to go on a run to get to this top four that we need to do.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Arsenal players ‘blown away’ by Mikel Arteta’s training sessions Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 3 Jan 2020 1:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShares Comment read more
The president of the sport’s governing body – the IAAF – has denied lobbying for Eugene in Oregon, which clinched the tournament without a bidding process.That city is closely linked to Nike, which Seb Coe is an ambassador for.Gothenburg had expressed strong interest in hosting, and the leader of its bid, Bjorn Eriksson, says an investigation is needed.