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Photo Coverage: BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition - Part 2

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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.

Maureen McGovern shows off Little Women's bonnet

...and a new t-shirt!

Broadway's current Leo and Max - Richard Kind and Alan Ruck

The cast of Movin' Out

The cast was joined on stage by James Montana, held by proud Mom Elizabeth Parkinson

Altar Boyz!

Tyler Maynard being given a lift by his castmates

The boys from La Cage once again strutting their stuff!

A few of the touring companies presented their bonnets as well...

Followed by mystery guests...

...Jennifer Cody and Don Richard revisiting their Officer Lockstock, Little Sally roles from Urinetown...

...who were on hand to roast Broadway with their bag of jokes!

Trekkie Monster, Rick Lyon and Delta Burke

The Producers painted the town...orange!

The cast of Disney's Lion King

Frances Sternhagen, and Delta Burke of Steel Magnolias

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Spamalot teamed up to fight over the holy grail aka the Tony - in a West Side Story Parody!

Maureen McGovern closing the show with "Help is On the Way"

Backed up by presenters of each company's bonnet

The presentation of the awards...

The Altar Boyz

Jeff Goldblum presenting to Twelve Angry Men

The Lion King!

Make way for Harvey Fierstein!

The grand total raised - $2,849,066.70 - WOW!


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