The Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS event will include appearances by Williams (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Gad (The Book of Mormon), Judith Light and Dan Lauria (Lombardi), Christie Brinkley (Chicago), John Leguizamo (Ghetto Klown), Heidi Blickenstaff and Roger Rees (The Addams Family), Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), Jose Llana (Wonderland), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Good People), Jayne Houdyshell (The Importance of Being Ernest), Maxwell Caulfield (Cactus Flower) and Ron Kunene and Tshidi Manye (The Lion King).
Judges for the competition will include Turner (High), Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Montego Glover (Memphis), composer Bobby Lopez (The Book of Mormon), Actors' Equity Association executive director Mary McColl, director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon), costume designer Marty Pakledinaz (Anything Goes, The Normal Heart), Estelle Parsons (Good People) and Kate Shindle (Wonderland).
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Catch Me If You Can's Kerry Butler will sing the David Friedman anthem "Help Is On the Way."
The Easter Bonnet competition will take place April 25 at 4:30 PM and April 26 at 2 PM. Tickets are available now at www.broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268. The Minskoff Theatre is located in Manhattan at 200 West 45th Street.
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.