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Photo Coverage: BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition

The 19th Annual EASTER BONNET COMPETITION was a great success with $2,849,066.70 being raised this year by the over 40 participating Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National Tour companies to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.

This year's fundraising award winners were: Winner - The Phantom of the Opera $209,615.02, First Runner Up - Wicked $155,985.80, Second Runner Up - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels $147,468.51, Third Runner Up - The Lion King $144,828.77, and Fourth Runner Up - La Cage Aux Folles $125,596.38

Special awards were also given to the top fundraising Broadway play, Off-Broadway company, and touring company. This year, the top fundraising Broadway play was Twelve Angry Men ($88,803.47); the top fundraising Off-Broadway company was Altar Boyz ($22,888.51); and the top touring company was Mamma Mia! Tour II ($154,440.72).

The results of this year's bonnet presentation were: Winner - Movin' Out, First Runner Up - Twelve Angry Men, and Second Runner Up - Altar Boyz.

The special award for bonnet design was given to The Lion King. The winning bonnet was designed by Camille Brown, Ilya Vett, and Walter Weiner.

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.

Doris Eaton Travis, Age 101 kicks up a storm with La Cage's Michael Benjamin Washington, and the Cagelles

David Hyde Pierce, "Rod" and Barrett Foa

The company of Beauty and the Beast

Brian O'Brien and Co Preparing to "Blend"

Company members of Fiddler on the Roof

The easter bonnet from Evita's touring company

The Lion King

Movin' Out

Menopause, the Musical

Beauty the Beast

Little Women, The Musical

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Spamalot

Fiddler on the Roof

MD Extraordinaire Seth Rudetsky, "Rod" and Barrett Foa

The judges panel!

Bob Mackie and Louise Pitre

The Cagelles!

Kate Reinders and the company of Good Vibrations

Menopause, the Musical - Sally Ann Swarm, Megan Thomas and Lynn Eldredge

Photo Coverage: BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition
Aurelia Williams

Here she is boys, here's Nessarose!

Joined by Carole Shelley

Jenn Gambatese and Cheyenne Jackson

The rapping cast of Twelve Angry Men

Sutton Foster in Little Women...Gone Wild!

Mamma Mia!

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