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Cerveris, Clark & More to Host Easter Bonnet Competition

Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Kelli O'Hara, Michael McKean, Felicia P. Fields, Rob Bartlett and the Jersey Boys have been announced as the hosts of the "20th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition," which will be presented on Monday, April 24th at 4:30 PM and Tuesday, April 25 at 2 PM at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street). The shows will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The "Easter Bonnet Competition" is the two-day Broadway spectacular that features the companies of more than 20 Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions singing, dancing, and donning specially created Easter bonnets.

"The 'Easter Bonnet Competition' is the culmination of six intensive weeks of fundraising efforts by Broadway and Off-Broadway company members as well as numerous productions currently on national tour. Curtain speeches, 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 the competition will be the company that raises the largest amount of money for BC/EFA. A second award is granted to the company with the best bonnet design and presentation. Awards are also presented to the Broadway Play, National Tour and Off-Broadway production raising the most money for BC/EFA," state press notes.

All the hosts are currently featured in Broadway shows. Tony Award-winner Cerveris plays the sinister title role in Sweeney Todd, Tony Award-winner Clark continues to play vacationing mother Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, O'Hara plays the feisty Babe Williams in The Pajama Game, McKean plays Hines in the same show, Fields is seen as Sofia in The Color Purple and Bartlett plays Speed in The Odd Couple. John Lloyd Young, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer comprise the Jersey Boys.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund raising and grant making organization. BC/EFA is the on-going, committed response from the American theater community to an urgent worldwide health crisis. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. Since it's founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $100 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses.

Tickets prices are as follows: $350 VIP Orchestra (front and center) tickets; $200 Priority Orchestra (middle and side); $100 Rear orchestra and Front Mezzanine; $40 Mezzanine and $20 Balcony. Tickets are available now at or by calling (212) 840-0770 Ext. 268. Tickets can also be purchased at the BC/EFA offices at 165 West 46th Street, Suite 1300 as of Monday, April 10th.

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