22nd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Will Play the Minskoff

News   22nd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Will Play the Minskoff The 22nd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition — benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS — will be presented at the Minskoff Theatre, currently the home of Disney's The Lion King.

Originally scheduled for April 21 and 22, the two-day spectacular will now be held April 28 at 4:30 PM and April 29 at 2 PM (the recent Gypsy of the Year Competition was also shifted a week due to the stagehands strike).

The competition will feature the companies of various Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions, and the shows will offer skits, songs and/or dances as well as a bonnet created specially for the event.

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.

Last year's competition raised $3,345,997 for the charitable organization.

For ticket information visit www.broadwaycares.org or call (212) 840-0770, ext. 268. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund-raising and grant-making organization.