Easter Bonnet Competition Set for April 22 and 23
The annual Easter Bonnet competitions held to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS are famous as much for the wonderfully creative skits concocted and performed by cast members of Broadway shows as for the fabulous bonnets fashioned by these folks--and, Lord knows, there are tons of grist for this year's mill. It's a pretty safe bet that the Henry Goodman situation will be comically referenced in the show's two performances on Monday and Tuesday, April 22 and 23, as that poor fellow's abrupt firing from The Producers is fresh in everyone's mind. But will the Easter Bonnet gypsies "go there" and lampoon Patti LuPone's well-publicized refusal to participate in post-curtain speeches intended to raise money for this very event? Can you imagine what kind of a skit that affair might inspire?
Whether or not Ms. LuPone gets a ribbing, the 2002 Easter Bonnet show sounds like it's not to be missed. Aside from the rank and file of almost every Broadway production, those scheduled to participate include Brad Oscar (the beneficiary of Henry Goodman's misfortune) and Mrs. Robinson herself, Kathleen Turner, along with Molly Ringwald, Tony Roberts, Brian d'Arcy James, Mary Testa, and the Mamma Mia! trio of Louise Pitre, Judy Kaye, and Karen Mason. Also on hand will be 98-year-old Doris Eaton Travis, "BC/EFA's own Ziegfeld girl." (If you haven't seen Travis in any of the recent Easter Bonnet shows and you're guessing that they bring her out in a wheelchair, guess again: The lady still dances. Brilliantly.)