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Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386

The generosity of the American theatre community shined brightly as six weeks of spring fundraising raised another record-breaking grand total for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition (#bwaybonnets) raised a remarkable $4,711,386, making this the third year in a row the event set a new fundraising record.

The grand total was announced Tuesday, April 21, 2015, by four of this season's brightest stars: Andy Karl (On the Twentieth Century), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Helen Mirren (The Audience), and Matthew Morrison (Finding Neverland).

The news was revealed after two days of Easter Bonnet Competition performances, which honored the fundraising efforts of 52 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions in song, dance, comedy and 18 ornate, handmade bonnets.

More than 200 of Broadway and Off-Broadway's most talented performers performed in this year's show, which was once again held at the Minskoff Theatre, home to Disney's The Lion King.

Karl, Miranda, Mirren, and Morrison were met with thunderous applause from the standing-room audience as they announced the top fundraisers and the winners of outstanding bonnet design and best presentation at this year's show.

The company of Jersey Boys took top design honors for its shimmering crystal-and LED-covered bonnet, created by Ricky Yates.

Winning the best presentation award was the company of Avenue Q, which lamented The Lion King's perennial status as the winner of the presentation award. In "Bonnet of Life," the Avenue Q cast delivered a side-splitting parody of the long-running Disney hit's signature number "Circle of Life," which left the audience roaring.

Runner-up honors went to Jersey Boys, featuring current and alumni cast members who showed what happened when the legendary show went global. The company delivered amusing international versions of the show's hits as performed by a mariachi band, a German oompah band, a reggae quartet and full-scale Bollywood production.

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Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Opening Number. Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Les Miserables. Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
BCEFA Affiliates. Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
National Tours. Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Dancers Responding to AIDS. Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
On the Town. Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo. Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Chicago. Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
The Lion King. Photo Credit: Daniel Roberts

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Jersey Boys. Photo Credit: Daniel Roberts

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Andy Karl, Matthew Morrison, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Helen Mirren. Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Helen Mirren. Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Avenue Q. Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Andrea Martin and Seth Rudetsky. Photo Credit: Daniel Roberts

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Les Miserables. Photo Credit: Daniel Roberts

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Chicago. Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Well Strung for Classical Action. Photo Credit: Daniel Roberts

Photo Flash: Go Inside BC/EFA's 29th Annual EASTER BONNET Competition; Raises Record-Breaking $4,711,386
Grand Total. Photo Credit: Daniel Roberts

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