Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
What we do together, makes a difference
Monday, April 24, 4:30 pm
Tuesday, April 25, 2 pm
200 W 45th St, NYC
Broadway’s fresh new faces, sensational stars, extraordinary ensembles and venerable veterans will take the stage at the 31st annual Easter Bonnet Competition.
The 2017 edition will include guest appearances from Denée Benton and Lucas Steele from Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Barrett Doss and Andy Karl from Groundhog Day; Bongi Duma and Tshidi Manye from The Lion King; Gideon Glick and Sas Goldberg from Significant Other; and Rachel Bay Jones and Ben Platt from Dear Evan Hansen. Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will reprise their curmudgeonly characters of Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland from this fall’s smash hit Oh, Hello on Broadway.
At Tuesday’s performance, Gavin Creel, Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce from Hello, Dolly! will present the awards for best presentation and best bonnet design and to the top fundraisers from the preceding six weeks. Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone from War Paint will introduce the competition’s judges.
More than 150 Broadway actors and dancers will come together to celebrate the theatre community’s fundraising efforts at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre, home to Disney’s The Lion King.
A limited number of tickets, starting at at $30, are still available. Get tickets.
Shows scheduled to perform original numbers include Avenue Q; A Bronx Tale The Musical; Cats; Chicago; Dear Evan Hansen; Kinky Boots; The Lion King; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Sunset Boulevard and Wicked. A unique parade of bonnets will honor The Price, Sunday in the Park with George and Waitress. The cast of The Play That Goes Wrong will make a special appearance. And there will be numbers honoring national touring productions and Broadway Cares’ fundraising volunteers, affectionately known as the Bucket Brigade. The Lion King‘s L. Steven Taylor will perform Easter Bonnet Competition‘s stirring anthem, “Help Is on the Way.” Performers and shows subject to change.
A panel of distinguished judges will award best presentation honors at Tuesday’s performance. This year’s judges are music director Kristen Blodgette from Sunset Boulevard; Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada from Miss Saigon; Kate Burton and Kristine Nielsen from Present Laughter; Ed Dixon from Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose; and costume designer Catherine Zuber from Oslo and War Paint. Also joining the panel are Lee Perlman and Peg Wendlandt, who won their judging spots by bidding on exclusive VIP packages at the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in September.
Cast, crews and volunteers have been standing with Broadway Cares’ signature red buckets in hand at theatre exits of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring shows to accept donations for the past six weeks. Easter Bonnet Competition is a celebration of the tireless efforts of theatrical companies and volunteers who raise money for the most vulnerable among us. The donations become grants that provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.
Easter Bonnet Competition will be directed by Bess Marie Glorioso with music supervision by Ben Cohn and music direction by Ted Arthur. Arabella Powell will serve as production stage manager.
Watch highlights of last year’s Easter Bonnet Competition below.