"Hats Off, Here They Come": Easter Bonnet Competition Held April 26–27

News   "Hats Off, Here They Come": Easter Bonnet Competition Held April 26–27
Broadway show folk come together for the annual spring event, The Easter Bonnet Competition, a celebration of song, dance and sketches, April 26–27 at the Minskoff Theatre.

The two-day event marks the culmination of six-weeks of fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The April 27 presentation will name the fundraising and bonnet competition winners.

Rotating hosts for the event include Chard Kimball (Memphis), Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), Corbin Bleu (In the Heights), Michael Urie (The Temperamentals), Dylan Baker (God of Carnage), Colman Domingo (A Boy and His Soul), Tony nominee Jan Maxwell (Lend Me A Tenor), Michael Mulheren (Looped), Laura Osnes (South Pacific) and Loretta Ables Sayre (South Pacific).

Judges for the April 27 presentation include Jennifer Cody (Shrek), Tony winner Beth Leavel (Mamma Mia!), Tony winner Katie Finneran (Promises, Promises), Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins), Alfred Molina (Red), Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime, Man of La Mancha), Local One president James Claffey Jr. and designer Chris March (“Project Runway,” Arias With a Twist).

Introducing the judges are Million Dollar Quartet cast members Hunter Foster, Levi Kreis and Elizabeth Stanley.

Original Ziegfeld Follies Girl Doris Eaton Travis will make a special appearance, and Memphis' star Glover has been selected to perform the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS anthem "Help Is On the Way." Among the productions scheduled to create a bonnet and offer a unique performance are Billy Elliot, Dancers Responding to AIDS, Fela!, In the Heights, La Cage Aux Folles, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, My Trip Down The Pink Carpet, Next Fall, The Phantom of the Opera, R.Evolución Latina, South Pacific, Wicked and Zero Hour.

The East Bonnet Competition takes place April 26 at 4:30 PM and April 27 at 2 PM.

For tickets visit Broadwaycares or call (212) 840-0770, ext. 268. The Minskoff Theatre is located in Manhattan at 200 West 45th Street.


A benefit for BC/EFA, the Easter Bonnet Competition ends a six-week period of intensive fundraising by the assorted Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Curtain speeches, autographed posters and program sales, auctions and cabaret performances are all part of the fundraising effort, which brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars. The company that raises the most funds for BC/EFA will be awarded a prize at the Easter Bonnet Competition. A second prize will be awarded to the company with the best bonnet design and presentation. Additional awards will be presented to the Broadway play, national tour and Off-Broadway production raising the most money.

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