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by Michael Portantiere

Bonnets Full of Easter Joy

  • This year's Easter Bonnet competition, featuring performers from a clutch of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, marked the climax of six weeks of valiant efforts that raised a whopping $3,677,855 to support the good works of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Here are my pix of the event, which was held on Tuesday, April 24 at the Minskoff Theatre.



    Another openin', another show...


    Hosts Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) and Raven-Symoné (Sister Act).


    Wade Dooley of The Awesome 80s Prom.


    Welcome to Avenue Q!


    The company of Anything Goes put their pets on parade.


    "Kiss of the Spider-Man."


    The company of The Phantom of the Opera, with special guest Paul Nolan of Jesus Christ Superstar, offered a spoof of Downton Abbey.


    Dancers Responding to AIDS in a piece titled "Boys, Boys, Boys."


    More boys!


    Hosts Jerry O'Connell and Corbin Bleu.


    Hosts Rory O'Malley and Gavin Creel.


    The company of Jersey Boys in a takeoff on The Hunger Games.


    "Scenic Bonnets of Broadway": Once, Death of a Salesman, and Other Desert Cities.


    Maria Nkenge Wilson of The Book of Mormon.


    The company of The Lion King in "Hallelujah Harlem!"


    Hosts Michael Urie, Nick Jonas, and Rob Bartlett of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.


    The kids of Mary Poppins offered excerpts from "junior versions" of classic plays, including Medea.


    The company of Chicago in "All That Jazzy."


    After the show's finale, Eric McCormack of The Best Man, Audra McDonald of Porgy and Bess, and Ricky Martin of Evita took the stage to announce the winners in each category.

    Published on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    Michael Portantiere has more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has interviewed theater notables for NPR.org, PLAYBILL, STAGEBILL, and OPERA NEWS, and has written notes for several cast albums. Michael is co-author of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: BEHIND THE MYLAR CURTAIN, published in 2008 by Hal Leonard/Applause. Additionally, he is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several major websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.) He can be reached at [email protected]

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