Following six weeks of fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the 31st annual Easter Bonnet Competition will be held April 24 at 4:30 PM and April 25 at 2 PM at the Minskoff Theatre (200 W. 45th St.), current home to Disney's Tony-winning The Lion King.
Performers from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and national touring companies will share original skits, songs, and dances, plus their bonnet designs. Awards will be presented to the best presentation and best bonnet design as well as the top fundraisers from the preceding six weeks. Special guests and celebrity judges will be announced at a later time.
Starting March 10, casts, crews, and volunteers at Broadway, Off-Broadway, and national touring productions take their place at theatre exits to accept donations with Broadway Cares’ iconic red buckets in hand. Nine Broadway shows begin their appeals tonight: Aladdin; The Book of Mormon; Cats; The Lion King; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Paramour; School of Rock - The Musical; Sunset Boulevard; and Wicked. Next week, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, In Transit, Kinky Boots, On Your Feet!, The Phantom of the Opera, and Significant Other join in the fundraising efforts. More shows will be added throughout the six-week campaign. Last year, 58 Broadway, Off-Broadway, and national tours raised $5.5 million during the Easter Bonnet Competition fundraising.
Since 1987, the 30 editions of the Easter Bonnet Competition have raised more than $68.8 million to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Advance tickets to Easter Bonnet Competition can be purchased online at broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 229. VIP and Priority tickets are $375 and $250, respectively, and other tickets are available at $130, $50 and $30.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.