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Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Hudgens, and Kristin Chenoweth Set for Easter Bonnet Competition

The 29th anniversary of the annual event benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Matthew Morrison will take part in the 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition.
Matthew Morrison will take part in the 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition.
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A host of Broadway talent, including Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Andrea Martin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Helen Mirren, Matthew Morrison, and more than 200 others, will come together on April 20 and 21 for the 29th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition at the Minskoff Theatre.

The Easter Bonnet Competition is a two-day Broadway spectacular that features the companies of Broadway, off-Broadway, and touring productions who sing, dance, and don elaborate and often outrageous original bonnets. The event benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Chenoweth (On the Twentieth Century), Miranda (Hamilton), Mirren (The Audience), and Morrison (Finding Neverland) will announce the top fundraising and best presentation awards at the Tuesday performance. Creel (The Book of Mormon) will close the show with a new arrangement of "Help Is on the Way," BC/EFA's Easter Bonnet anthem, written by David Friedman. Martin, joined by Seth Rudetsky, will introduce this year’s judges.

This year’s Easter Bonnet judges are Actors Fund president and CEO Joseph Benincasa, Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn from Fun Home, Corey Cott and Vanessa Hudgens from Gigi, Robert Fairchild and director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon from An American in Paris, Judith Ivey and Rufus Wright from The Audience, and Nathaniel Parker from Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two.

Other stars scheduled to grace the stage throughout the competition include Broadway favorites Tituss Burgess and Ann Harada; Adinah Alexander, Jen Perry, and Daniel Stewart Sherman from Kinky Boots; Steven Boyer and "Tyrone" from Hand to God; Francesca Faridany and Alex Sharp from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Jasmine Cephas Jones, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Phillipa Soo from Hamilton; Rob McClure and Nancy Opel from Honeymoon in Vegas; Aaron Nelson and Alton Fitzgerald White from The Lion King; and Micah Stock from It's Only a Play.

The original opening number will be directed and choreographed by Rommy Sandhu and written by Stacia Fernandez and James Hindman. The show will also include a tribute to the 21 national touring productions participating in the Easter Bonnet Competition fundraising, with choreography by Charlie Williams.

For more information and tickets to the Easter Bonnet Competition, click here.

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