The first annual Las Vegas Easter Bonnet Competition will be held at the Rio Hotel's Chippendales Theatre March 16 at 2 PM. Performers from the Las Vegas productions of Mamma Mia!, Spamalot, Hats, Menopause, Phantom, as well as "Chippendales" and "The Star Trek Experience" are currently confirmed to appear.
The Las Vegas Easter Bonnet Competition varies slightly from its New York counterpart, as local businesses and various entertainers from the Vegas strip have also been invited to create hats for the event.
Brent Barrett, currently starring in the Las Vegas production of Phantom will be a guest judge as well as local reporters Chris Saldana and Alicia Jacobs. Lead "Chippendales" singer Bryan Cheatham and news anchor Rachel Smith serve as co-hosts.
The Las Vegas fundraiser will benefit the Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach Center, which serves the Southern Nevada community by providing physical, emotional and spiritual support to those affected by HIV and AIDS. Additional proceeds raised will also be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Among the shows currently represented with sit-down productions in Las Vegas are Jersey Boys; Mamma Mia!; Menopause, The Musical; Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular; and Spamalot. Tickets for the Las Vegas Easter Bonnet Competition range $20-$75 (VIP) and are available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (702) 564-4224.
Now in its 22nd year, New York's annual Easter Bonnet competition will be presented April 28 and 29. The annual celebration – comprised of songs, dances, skits and one-of-a-kind Easter bonnets – is the culmination of six weeks of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tour fundraising benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Last year's competition raised $3,345,997 for the charitable organization.