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Broadway's
Gypsy of the Year
Brigid Harrington

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Brigid Harrington, in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff, wins 1st runner up in Broadway's Gypsy of the Year Award

Brigid Harrington Shines at Broadway's Gypsy of the Year Award Competition

After finishing her successful run as Jane Banks in Broadway's Mary Poppins, Brigid Harrington returned to the New Amsterdam Theater to compete in The 23rd Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition. The two Gypsy of the Year performances come at the end of a six-week fund drive, where many Broadway, Off-Broadway, and touring companies raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The fund drive is what is really important, and this year was an amazing success, raising a record $4,895,253. The two shows are where Broadway lets loose and has some fun, with over 300 performers representing the best of New York's theater community. These talented actors, dancers & singers performed skits for the standing room only audience. The New Amsterdam Theater was filled with a literal who's who of Broadway stars past and present.

Brigid Harrington - Gypsy of the Year 1st Runner UpHugh Jackman, Bernadette Peters and Daniel Radcliffe were among many of the stars present on stage and off, as Broadway personality & all-around talent, Seth Rudetsky hilariously hosted the event.

The original 1972 Broadway cast of Grease opened the show performing many of their show's best loved numbers. Then current Broadway productions took the stage one at a time performing incredible dance routines, vocal performances, and comedy skits that this event is famous for.

Among these performances was a skit written by Mary Poppins' Tom Souhrada featuring its young performers doing dramatic excerpts of the "junior editions" of some classic adult plays. A little inappropriate and extremely funny.



Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? "I aaaammmm!!!"

Brigid Harrington and Anthony Scarpone-Lambert
Brigid gets her "fierce" on backstage.

Brigid Harrington and Anthony Scarpone-Lambert
Anthony Scarpone-Lambert & Brigid getting "into character"

Brigid Harrington and Anthony Scarpone-Lambert
Brigid & Anthony rocked the stage & the crowd loved them!

In Brigid's part of the skit she imitated Elizabeth Taylor from "Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf". She was joined by castmate Anthony Scarpone-Lambert who nailed the Robert Taylor role. Brigid and Anthony's "Martha and George" became an instant hit with the audience receiving what some reviewers said was the biggest applause of the show.

The entire skit by all its performers was a real crowd pleaser. The judges took notice by awarding Mary Poppins First Runner-Up for Best Stage Presentation.



The Talented Creative Team Behind the Skit

Brigid Harrington
Brigid was honored to work with the creators of the award-winning skit, Director James Hindman and Writer/Performer Tom Souhrada
Brigid practiced for weeks, while studying Elizabeth Taylor's performance in the classic film, to get her mannerisms and voice down. She wanted to make a full commitment to the scene, since the original was so intense.

The genius behind the skit was Director James Hindman and Writer Tom Souhrada. Tom also performed hilariously in the skit as its announcer. Brigid has been so lucky to work with them both everyday in Mary Poppins. Also, what was so special is that Brigid was able to perform one last time with her favorite "Michael Banks", Anthony Scarpone-Lambert.

The incredible wig by Gary Martori and Chris Calabrese, and makeup design by Amy Porter really helped make Brigid's "Martha" come to life. Seth Rudetsky said he is "completely obsessed with that little boy skipping around chanting, 'Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf, Virginia Woolf...' and then the ten-year-old girl with a haggy Elizabeth Taylor wig raising her arms in frustration to heaven and screaming, 'I-I-I-I-I-I-I A-A-A-A-A-A-AM!!!!!!!'." On his Sirius/XM radio show Seth went on to say what was one of the keys to the skit's success is that it was "really well acted".

Brigid had the time of her life performing in The Gypsy of the Year Competition meeting different stars from other Broadway shows, and being able to display her talent to the entire Broadway community. What a way to exit the New Amsterdam Theater stage for one last time, being awarded First Runner-Up by none other than Daniel Radcliffe. She is very grateful to everyone who made this experience happen.



Brigid Harrington wins 1st runner up in Annual Gypsy of the Year AwardMary Poppins' "Junior Edition" skit wins 1st runner up for Best Stage Presentation

Read story about the "precocious child performers" on Playbill.com
Brigid Harrington performs in Broadway's Annual Gypsy of the Year AwardBroadwayWorld's stunning photo gallery of the Gypsy Awards
Click here to see photos of Brigid and other Broadway stars.
Brigid Harrington - Who's Afraid of Virginia WoolfBrigid makes it into Playbill's "Most unforgettable experiences of 2011".
Read on Playbill.com about how Seth Rudetsky, Playbill contributing Writer, actor, radio host, music director & emcee of the Gypsy Awards, is "completely obsessed" with Brigid & Anthony's performance!
Brigid Harrington - Who's Afraid of Virginia WoolfDavid Noh reviews Brigid's performance
Read the story from Chelsea Now.
Brigid Harrington performs in Broadway's Annual Gypsy of the Year AwardBroadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS coverage & photos
See story & photos on their website regarding fundraising totals plus performance notes.
Brigid Harrington wins 1st place in Broadway's Annual Gypsy of the Year AwardThe Mary Poppins skit wins 1st runner up award!
Daniel Radcliffe, Hugh Jackman & Bernadette Peters presented the awards. See all the stars, and several pictures of Brigid both performing & accepting the award on Playbill's photo gallery of the event.
WATCH VIDEO:
Watch Brigid on Broadwayworld's "highlights" video
Daniel Radcliffe makes the announcement that Mary Poppins' skit wins 1st runner up, and then see a clip of Brigid perform (at around 9:55 into clip. Click image below)

Brigid performs at the Gypsy of the Year Awards


Watch Brigid accept the award for 1st runner up from Daniel Radcliffe
(around 3:18 into clip below)






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