The 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition returns with this year’s companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions offering skits, songs and dances, as well as elaborately designed bonnets created especially for the event which is organized by the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS foundation. It is one of USA’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations.

Last year's Easter Bonnet Competition raised $4,532,129. Since 1987, the 28 editions of this highly anticipated annual event have brought in $58 million.
A hive of Broadway’s best, including Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Andrea Martin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Helen Mirren, Matthew Morrison and more than 200 of Broadway and Off-Broadway's most talented performers, will come together for the show at the Minskoff Theatre, home of Disney's long-running hit The Lion King.

The two-day event will be held on April 20, 2015 at 16:30 and April 21, 2014 at 14:00. You can obtain tickets now.
The Easter Bonnet Competition ends a six-week period of intensive fundraising by dozens of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies.

Chenoweth, Miranda, Mirren and Morrison will announce the top fundraising and best presentation awards at the Tuesday performance. Creel will close the show with a new arrangement of "Help is on the Way," BC/EFA's Easter Bonnet anthem written by David Friedman. Martin, joined by Seth Rudetsky, will introduce this year’s judges.

Other stars scheduled to grace the stage throughout the competition include Broadway favorites Tituss Burgess and Ann Harada; Adinah Alexander, Jen Perry and Daniel Stewart Sherman from Kinky Boots; Steven Boyer and “Tyrone” from Hand to God, Francesca Faridany and Alex Sharp from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Jasmine Cephas Jones, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo from Hamilton; Rob McClure and Nancy Opel from Honeymoon in Vegas; Aaron Nelson and Alton Fitzgerald White from The Lion King; and Micah Stock from It’s Only a Play.

The original opening number will be directed and choreographed by Rommy Sandhu and written by Stacia Fernandez and James Hindman. The show also will include a tribute to the 21 national touring productions participating in this year's Easter Bonnet Competition fundraising, choreographed by Charlie Williams.

This year’s Easter Bonnet judges are The Actors Fund President and CEO Joseph Benincasa, Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn from Fun Home, Corey Cott and Vanessa Hudgens from Gigi, Robert Fairchild and director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon from An American in Paris, Judith Ivey and Rufus Wright from The Audience, and Nathaniel Parker from Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two. Also joining the judging panel are Jake Perlman and Peg Wendlandt, who both won their spots by being high bidders on exclusive VIP packages at the 28th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in September.

Productions scheduled to perform and present bonnets include Avenue Q, Chicago, Hand to God, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, NEWSical The Musical and On the Town. The show will include a special performance by the all-male string quartet Well-Strung, representing Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS, and an Al Blackstone-choreographed number for Dancers Responding to AIDS, both programs of Broadway Cares. There also will be special presentations and bonnets by BC/EFA's affiliate organizations: ASTEP, Broadway Green Alliance, Broadway Impact, Broadway Serves and R.Evolución Latina.

Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dancers’ Resource and the Stage Managers’ Project.

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