PHOTO CALL: The 2012 Easter Bonnet Competition in Performance
By Matthew Blank
The 26th annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition raised $3,677,855 in six weeks of nightly curtain-call appeals, the third-highest total in the history of the event. The number was revealed at the April 24 performance of skits, songs and dances that make up the unique fundraiser-show, at the Minskoff Theatre.
The competition featured the companies of various Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions, who offer skits, songs and/or dances as well as a bonnet created specially for the event.
Easter Bonnet judges included Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy (Venus in Fur), Celia Keenan-Bolger and Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher), Megan Hilty ("Smash"), comedian Lisa Lampanelli, costume designer Carrie Robbins, Frank Wood (Clybourne Park) and United Airlines' Mark Anderson. Stephanie Toups and Karen Walter, who were the high bidders on VIP packages at the Broadway Flea Market, were also part of the judging panel.
Among the Broadway stars scheduled to appear during the celebration were Stockard Channing, Judith Light and Stacy Keach (Other Desert Cities); Gavin Creel (Hair); Jeremy Jordan (Newsies); Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon); Raven-Symoné (Sister Act); Nick Jonas, Michael Urie and Rob Bartlett (How to Succeed...); Corbin Bleu, Lindsay Mendez and George Salazar (Godspell); and Tshidi Manye and Ron Kunene (The Lion King).
The 25 previous editions of the Easter Bonnet Competition have raised more than $46 million for BC/EFA.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund-raising and grant-making organization.
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