Nothing brings the money in like a half-naked DanRad.
By now, most people who care about this sort of thing are aware that Daniel Radcliffe has reprised his role in Equus and is now appearing on Broadway.
What people may not be aware of is Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), where on- and off-Broadway shows (as well as national tours) fundraise for AIDS research. The Gypsy of the Year competition marks an end to six weeks of especially intensive fundraising. Awards are given out to the shows that raise the most money (Equus set a record, actually), shows perform skits, and some of the Gypsy Robes are shown , which I will try and explain.
As Broadway performers end up going from show to show (sometimes several different shows in the same year), they're thought of as gypsies. Way back in 1950, Bill Bradley was a chorus member in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and he sent a performer's dressing gown to his friend in Call Me Madam. Someone put a piece of Ethel Merman's costume on it and sent it to a chorus member in Guys and Dolls, who added something and passed it on.
Now when a show opens on Broadway, they have something called a gypsy run-through, where the audience is made up of performers from other shows. An hour before curtain time the cast and crew of the show are gathered on stage and a gypsy from the last show that opened brings the robe with them and passes it on to a chorus member of the new show who exhibits the most "gypsy qualities" and generally has the most Broadway credits. The new gypsy puts on the robe and runs three times around the stage three times counter-clockwise, with everyone touching the robe for good luck. The gypsy then runs all over the theater, going backstage and into the dressing rooms, and the robe remains backstage during the opening performance. The show adds something of their own to the robe, and the tradition continues. When a robe is full it gets retired and a new one is created. You can find more about this tradition here, including some photos of past robes.
This year, Mr. Radcliffe helped create Equus' number and wrote a song entitled The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Neigh. It's about as amazing as you'd think it is, especially when you factor in his half-naked horse co-stars (which match DanRad's partially-absent costume) and a kick-line finale.
And, like all good things, it's on YouTube.
Edit: And a second video has shown up. It's much poorer quality (and an obvious bootleg), but it has more of the song. And some interesting choreography.
And by choreography, I mean spanking.
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