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The two-day spectacular will feature the companies of various Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions, who will offer skits, songs and/or dances as well as a bonnet created specially for the competition.
Hosts for the annual event will include Bundy, Groff, Dancy, Michele, Page and Ziemba as well as Ashley Brown, Todd Buonopane, Paige Davis, Jared Gertner, Edward Hibbert, Amy Irving, Ron Kunene, Gavin Lee, Tshidi Manye, Christine Pedi, Mo Rocca and Seth Rudetsky.
This year's judges include an equally starry lot: Stephanie J. Block (The Pirate Queen), John Connolly (executive director of Actors' Equity Association), Joan Didion (author of The Year of Magical Thinking), Tom Jones (lyricist of 110 in the Shade and The Fantasticks), Baayork Lee (A Chorus Line), Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago) and Richard M. Sherman (composer of Mary Poppins).
Choreographer Christopher Gattelli (Altar Boyz, High Fidelity) and [title of show] authors (and co-stars) Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen have created the opening number for the upcoming competition. And, Raul Esparza, back on Broadway this season in the acclaimed revival of Company, will perform David Friedman's "Help Is On the Way," which is the official anthem of The Easter Bonnet Competition. That song, originally recorded by the late Nancy LaMott, has been performed at the annual event by LaMott, Alix Korey, Andrea McArdle, Idina Menzel and Maureen McGovern, among others.
Last year's competition raised a record-breaking $3,187,496.
Tickets, priced $20-$350, are available by visiting www.broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund-raising and grant-making organization.
The Minskoff Theatre is located in Manhattan at 200 West 45th Street.