The Easter Bonnet competition will take place 25th April at 4:30 PM and 26th April at 2 PM, at the Minskoff Theatre which is located in Manhattan at 200 West 45th Street. Tickets at broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268
A benefit for BC/EFA, the Easter Bonnet Competition ends a six-week period of intensive fundraising by the assorted Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Curtain speeches, autographed posters and program sales, auctions and cabaret performances are all part of the fundraising effort, which brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars. The company that raises the most funds for BC/EFA will be awarded a prize at the Easter Bonnet Competition. A second prize will be awarded to the company with the best bonnet design and presentation. Additional awards will be presented to the Broadway play, national tour and Off-Broadway production raising the most money.
The 24 previous editions of the Easter Bonnet Competition have raised more than $42 million for BC/EFA. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund-raising and grant-making organization..
A slew of current Broadway stars are also set to appear at the Easter Bonnet Competition, including Robin Williams, Judith Light, Dan Lauria, Christie Brinkley, John Leguizamo, Heidi Blickenstaff, Roger Rees, Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, Jose Llana, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jayne Houdyshell, Maxwell Caulfied, Ron Kunene and Tshidi Manye.source: broadway.com
The onstage performances will be judged by Nick Adams, Montego Glover, Bobby Lopez, Actors' Equity Association Executive Director Mary McColl, Casey Nicholaw, Marty Pakledinaz, Estelle Parsons, Kate Shindle and Kathleen Turner.
Kerry Butler will close the show with the traditional performance of the event's anthem, David Friedman's "Help Is On the Way." The show will also include a special tribute to Doris Eaton Travis, an original Ziegfeld Girl and veteran of 12 Easter Bonnet editions until her death last year at age 106.
Current productions scheduled to perform and present bonnets include The Addams Family, Avenue Q, Billy Elliot, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Chicago, Freud's Last Session, La Cage aux Folles, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the national tours of Les Misérables, The Lion King and Wicked, as well as Dancers Responding to AIDS and R.Evolución Latina.