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The Broadway community’s endless generosity and boundless creativity will be celebrated through songs, skits and handcrafted bonnets at the 32nd annual Easter Bonnet Competition.
The two-day event, featuring performances from Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies, will be held at 4:30 pm Monday, April 23, and 2 pm Tuesday, April 24.
In the weeks preceding the event, many theatre lobbies in New York City and beyond will be filled with casts, crew members and volunteers accepting donations with Broadway Cares’ signature red buckets in hand.
Tickets are no longer available online for either performance of Easter Bonnet Competition. A limited number of tickets will be available at our will call table located in the lobby of the Minskoff Theatre on the day of the performance.
The will call table will open at 3 pm for Monday’s show and at 12:30 pm for Tuesday’s show. Tickets are not available at the Minskoff box office.
If you previously ordered tickets, they can be picked up at the will call table on the day of your performance. No tickets were mailed for this event.
Additionally, audiences at many shows can purchase autographed posters, Playbills and other memorabilia or one-of-a-kind experiences, including backstage tours and meet-and-greets, in exchange for a donation.
The Easter Bonnet Competition will feature appearances by The Band Visit‘s John Cariani and Ari’el Stachel; SpongeBob SquarePants‘ Lilli Cooper, Gavin Lee and Ethan Slater; The Lion King‘s Bongi Duma and Tshidi Manye; A Letter to Harvey Milk‘s Adam Heller, Evan Pappas and Cheryl Stern; Mean Girls‘ Erika Henningsen and Taylor Louderman; Frozen‘s Caissie Levy and Patti Murin; Once on This Island‘s Lea Salonga and Dear Evan Hansen‘s Taylor Trensch.
The winners of top fundraiser, best presentation and best bonnet design, as well as the much-anticipated fundraising total, will be announced Tuesday by Hello, Dolly!‘s Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters and Angels in America‘s Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane.
Shows scheduled to present songs, skits or dances and stunning handcrafted bonnets include Avenue Q, The Band’s Visit, A Bronx Tale The Musical, Chicago, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Escape to Margaritaville, Hamilton, Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly, Kinky Boots, A Letter to Harvey Milk, The Lion King, School of Rock – The Musical, SpongeBob SquarePants, Waitress and Wicked. Caleb Teicher & Company is also is set to perform, representing Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Once on This Island‘s Hailey Kilgore will perform David Friedman’s “Help Is on the Way,” the longtime Easter Bonnet Competition closing anthem.
A panel of distinguished judges will determine best presentation honors at Tuesday’s performance. This year’s judges are Zach Adkins and Christy Altomare from Anastasia; Major Attaway from Aladdin; Alison Luff and Paul Alexander Nolan from Escape to Margaritaville; Ashley Park and Kate Rockwell from Mean Girls; and Charlie Stemp from Hello, Dolly!. Also joining the panel are Nicole LaFountaine and Gracie Miller, who won their judging spots by bidding on exclusive VIP packages at the 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in September.
Performing shows and special guests are subject to change.
The opening number will be written and directed by Billy Hipkins and co-directed and choreographed by James Kinney. The incredible fundraising effort of national tours across the country will be represented in a number directed and choreographed by Richard J. Hinds. Broadway Cares’ affiliate organizations Broadway Green Alliance, Broadway Serves and R.Evolución Latina will be honored in a number directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado.
Twenty-three Broadway and Off-Broadway shows have begun their appeals: Aladdin, Anastasia, Angels in America, Avenue Q, The Band’s Visit, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon, A Bronx Tale, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Escape to Margaritaville, Hamilton, Hello, Dolly!, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Lobby Hero, Once on This Island, The Phantom of the Opera, The Play That Goes Wrong, School of Rock – the Musical, SpongeBob SquarePants, Waitress and Wicked. More shows will be added throughout the six-week campaign. Last year, 57 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours raised $6.4 million during the Easter Bonnet Competition fundraising.
Watch highlights from last year’s Easter Bonnet Competition.