Check Out the Bonnets of the 2019 Easter Bonnet Competition

Benefits and Galas   Check Out the Bonnets of the 2019 Easter Bonnet Competition
BC/EFA’s annual fundraising event took place at the Minskoff Theatre April 22 and 23.
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Opening Number: bonnet designed by Billy Hipkins and Stacey Stephens; worn by Paige Davis Curtis Brown

Broadway's spring fundraising efforts for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS culminates each year in the Easter Bonnet Competition. The 33rd annual celebration took place April 22 and 23 at the Minskoff Theatre, where it was announced during the second performance that between Broadway, Off-Broadway, and touring productions, the theatre community raised a total of $6,594,778 through curtain call appeals over the course of six weeks.

The grand total was revealed following the Easter Bonnet presentations, during which various productions performed sketches and numbers parodying themselves and their fellow shows while presenting custom-designed (and often extravagant, as you can see in the gallery below) bonnets.

As announced on stage by Bryan Cranston (Network), Kelli O'Hara (Kiss Me, Kate), Glenda Jackson (King Lear), and Jeff Daniels (To Kill a Mockingbird), this year's top fundraiser was the Hamilton - And Peggy tour, which raised $513,734. Lin-Manuel Miranda made a surprise appearance to accept the award.

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