BC/EFA Presents 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition April 20 and 21
By: Ellis Nassour
It’s that time of year: Spring’s here, or will be soon; the end of another blockbuster theater season is roaring to a close; the Drama Desk and Tony Awards are already the buzz; and that other never-miss event: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition is right around the corner. The 29th edition of this always eagerly-looked-forward-to two-day spectacular is April 20 4:30 P.M., and April 21 at 2 P.M.
The 2015 edition will again take place at the Minskoff Theatre, home of Disney’s long- running blockbuster The Lion King.
The Easter Bonnet Competition, which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS national programs, features companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions doing skits [often with celebrity guest stars], songs, comedy, and dance, as well as elaborately-designed bonnets created especially for the event. The latter vie for prizes from a celebrity panel of judges.
The show ends a six-week period of intensive fundraising by dozens of Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring companies. Celebrity presenters, special guests, and segment hosts will soon be announced.
The semi-annual six-week Bucket Brigade fundraising drive began March 6 with volunteers and cast members meeting exiting audiences with their BC/EFA red buckets for donations.
The fundraising drive continues through Sunday, April 19 and comes to a soaring climax on April 21with certificates presented by a quartet of Broadway stars Best Bonnet Design, Top Fundraiser, and Best Presentation.
Last year’s Easter Bonnet Competition raised a record high of $4, 532,129 raised through the generosity of Broadway and nationwide audiences and special activities at participating shows and road companies.
Since 1987, in excess of $58-million has been raised to support BC/EFA and The Actors Fund grants and local and national outreach and research programs.
The Easter Bonnet Competition is generously sponsored by The New York Times and United Airlines.
Since the Easter Bonnet Competition is hugely popular, don’t get left out. Tickets are available now at broadwaycares.org. Choose from $375 VIP orchestra seats; $250 priority center orchestra; $130 side orchestra and front mezzanine; $50 rear side orchestra and middle mezzanine; and $30 rear mezzanine.
Watch highlights of last year’s Easter Bonnet Competition below.
Easter Bonnet Competition 2015 – Broadway Cares