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Christie Brinkley, John Leguizamo, Judith Light, Estelle Parsons, Daniel Radcliffe, Kathleen Turner, Robin Williams et al. Set for 2011 BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition

Robin Williams
(© Tristan Fuge)
Robin Williams
(© Tristan Fuge)

Celebrity presenters, judges, and participants have been announced for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ 25th annual Easter Bonnet Competition, to be held at the Minskoff Theatre on Monday, April 25 at 4:30pm and Tuesday, April 26 at 2pm.

The show is a two-day Broadway spectacular that features the companies of more than a dozen Broadway, off-Broadway and touring productions singing, dancing and donning original Easter bonnets. The event celebrates and concludes six intensive weeks of fundraising by the theatre community benefiting BC/EFA.

Among the stars scheduled to appear are Heidi Blickenstaff, Christie Brinkley, Maxwell Caulfield, Josh Gad, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jayne Houdyshell, Ron Kunene, Dan Lauria, John Leguizamo, Judith Light, Jose Llana, Tshidi Manye, Andrew Rannells, Roger Rees, and Robin Williams.

At the Tuesday performance, the Easter Bonnet top fundraising and best presentation awards will be given out by Harvey Fierstein, Sutton Foster, and Daniel Radcliffe.

Easter Bonnet judges will include Nick Adams, Montego Glover, Bobby Lopez, Mary McColl, Casey Nicholaw, Marty Pakledinaz, Estelle Parsons, Kate Shindle, and Kathleen Turner.

Kerry Butler will close the show with the traditional performance of David Friedman’s “Help is on the Way,” BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet anthem.

Productions scheduled to perform and present bonnets include The Addams Family, Avenue Q, Billy Elliot, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Chicago, Freud’s Last Session, La Cage aux Folles, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the national tours of Les Misérables, The Lion King and Wicked, as well as Dancers Responding to AIDS and R.Evolución Latina.

This year’s competition will also include a special tribute to Doris Eaton Travis, an original Ziegfeld Girl and veteran of 12 editions of Easter Bonnet, who died last year at the age of 106.

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