Though Easter falls on April 4th this year, Broadway will wait another couple of weeks before donning its traditionally outlandish haberdashery. Or, to put it simply, the 13th annual Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition will take place April 19-20, once again at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre (home of The Lion King).
Casts and crews of shows in New York and on the road taking part in last year's competition raised a record $1,793,137 to fight the ravages of HIV AIDS. That figure was more than $300,000 higher than the 1997 total.
As anyone who's attended a Bonnet benefit knows, the event isn't so much about hats -- though each show designs a wildly colorful chapeau displayed in the lobby and, later, on a performer's head -- but the series of musical numbers, many of which spoof the shows themselves or Broadway trends and personalities. Last year, a gaggle of celebrities presented the acts, including Rebecca Luker (The Sound of Music), John Vickery (The Lion King), Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel) and Tyne Daly (Mystery School).
For more information on the Easter Bonnet Competition and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, check out their website at