- Published on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 11:59
- Written by Corine Dana Cohen
- Published on Thursday, 18 April 2013 23:59
- Written by Broadway Cares
To buy tickets: http://www.broadwaycares.org
HE 27TH ANNUAL EASTER BONNET COMPETITION
Monday, April 22 & Tuesday, April 23
200 West 45th Street, NYC
The 27th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition returns this spring, featuring the companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions offering skits, songs and dances, as well as elaborately designed and themed bonnets created specially for the competition.
The stars will align for this year's event as Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein, Andrea Martin and Nathan Lane join more than 200 of Broadway and Off-Broadway's most talented performers.
The 2013 edition of the Easter Bonnet Competition will again be presented at the Minskoff Theatre, currently the home of Disney's The Lion King.
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Two-time Academy Award winner Hanks, Grammy Award winner Lauper and four-time Tony Award winner Fierstein will present the top fundraising and best presentation awards at the Tuesday performance. Two-time Tony winner Lane and Tony winner Martin will introduce the competition's judges.
Three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie will star in an original opening number, directed and choreographed by Al Blackstone. Tony nominee Jessie Mueller will close the show with the traditional performance of "Help is on the Way," BC/EFA's Easter Bonnet anthem.
Broadway's biggest names this season will grace the stage throughout the competition. Stars scheduled to appear include Tony winner Victoria Clark, Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli, two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran, Shalita Grant, Ann Harada, Tony winner Harriet Harris, Andy Karl, Ron Kunene, Tshidi Manye, Christopher McDonald, Judy McLane, Mark Nelson, Billy Porter and three-time Emmy Award nominee Peter Scolari.
The show also will feature a special encore appearance by "Officer Lockstock and Little Sally" (Don Richard and Jennifer Cody) and a national touring show presentation, choreographed by Courtney Young and featuring bonnets from the tours of Les Misérables and Mary Poppins.
The Easter Bonnet judges will include two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes, choreographer Josh Bergasse, Grammy Award nominee Deborah Cox, Tony winner Cady Huffman, Paul Libin, executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters and president of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' Board of Directors, Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis, Emmy winner Holland Taylor and Michael Urie. Also joining the judging panel are Hollis Stern and Peg Wendlandt, who both won their spots by being high bidders on exclusive VIP packages at the 26th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in September.
Productions scheduled to perform and present bonnets include A Christmas Story: The Musical, Ann, Annie, Avenue Q,Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Chicago, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, Newsies, Once, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Disney's The Lion King and Wicked, with a special performance by MOMIX representing Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares, and a special bonnet presented by the Broadway Green Alliance.
Easter Bonnet Competition is a two-day Broadway spectacular that features the companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions singing, dancing and donning elaborate and often outrageous original bonnets. There will be two opportunities to see Easter Bonnet Competition: Monday, April 22 at 4:30 pm and Tuesday, April 23 at 2 pm.
Easter Bonnet Competition is the culmination of six intensive weeks of fundraising efforts by company members of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions. Curtain speeches, bucket collections, autographed poster and program sales, auctions and cabaret performances bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars from audiences prior to the competition. The winner of Easter Bonnet Competition will be the company that raises the largest amount of money for Broadway Cares. Awards are also presented to the Broadway play, national tour and Off-Broadway production raising the most money. The judges determine awards given to the company with the best bonnet design and presentation.
The 26 previous editions of Easter Bonnet Competition have raised more than $46 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Last year's event raised $3,706,085.
Easter Bonnet Competition is sponsored by The New York Times and United Airlines.