The event, which raises money each year for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, is the culmination of a six-week period of intensive fundraising by the assorted Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring shows. This year, the fundraiser raised a near-record $3,345,997 for the charity. The record was set in 2004 when $3,435,997 was collected for BC/EFA.
The national tour of Jersey Boys won the prize for most money raised at $236,844. For the creative part of the competition, the company of Journey's End won for its bonnet skit, and The Phantom of the Opera won for bonnet construction.
At left (from top): Stephanie J. Block and Bebe Neuwirth; Walter Bobbie; Jose Llana; Joyce Randolph; Richard M. Sherman; John Connolly and Joan Didion; Tom Jones; Baayork Lee; Vanessa Redgrave and David Hyde Pierce announce the winners of the Easter Bonnet Competition.
Below (from top): Raúl Esparza (right) leads the finale of the Easter Bonnet Competition; representatives from The Lion King; the grand total of $3,345,997 is announced.
photos by Aubrey Reuben