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 fromAn 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.


The actor, along with director Diane Paulus, join TODAY to talk about Morrison’s starring role as writer J.M. Barrie in the Broadway musical, “Finding Neverland,” and Tinkerbell makes a special cameo on TODAY.



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Further interviews will be added to this post.

Finding Neverland opens on Broadway: all the pictures!
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Finding Neverland opened on Broadway last night (April 15). Check out all the pictures from the day in the gallery.

Gypsy Robe Ceremony

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Red Carpet and Afterparty


All the reviews can be found on BroadwayWorld!

Matthew, Laura Michelle Kelly and the Finding Neverland cast perform “Believe” in this B-roll clip, courtesy of Yahoo.

Matthew on Live! with Kelly and Michael
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Matthew stopped by Live! with Kelly and Michael this morning, to talk about Finding Neverland.

Laura Michelle Kelly dances with Matthew Morrison at FINDING NEVERLAND.

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The music-filled destination celebration was personalized with a pathway of rose petals in the bride’s favorite color, a dance up the aisle to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” and a surprise ukulele performance by the groom of The Carpenters’ “Top of the World,” not to mention a special hula performance done as husband and wife. See their beautiful ceremony captured byPerryfield Films.


The Couple

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In the hierarchy of pickup lines, “Howzit, sista?” wins the award for Best Use of Hawaiian Slang. (And yes, we may have just invented that award.) The recipient of this distinguished title isGlee’s triple threat Matthew Morrison, who tried it on model Renee Puente when he overheard her speaking pidgin at a Hollywood party in 2011. He was familiar with the Hawaiian dialect from summers of singing backup to Don Ho, and she grew up on Oahu. “When he came up to me, I had no idea who he was,” Renee says. “I just started laughing because it was so adorable to see this cute white boy talking pidgin.”


They talked some more—this time, in plain old English—and after two years of dating, a month of which was spent on a bus as Matthew toured for his new album, he tearfully proposed in Maui with a sapphire-and-diamond ring. With the islands being such a big part of their story already, the pair began planning an intimate three-day modern luau that included a welcome dinner, a sunset cruise, and on the last day, their nuptials on a private estate.

However, even the best lei plans often go awry. Hurricane Ana rolled past Hawaii the exact weekend of their wedding, causing an emerald sunset the night of the cruise (“It was phenomenal,” Matthew says) but a total downpour on their wedding day, October, 18, 2014. Luckily (or fatefully), “the moment my mom and I walked down the aisle, it stopped raining,” Matthew recalls. The storm paused for the entire nondenominational ceremony while the pair exchanged self-penned vows and walked up a lavender-rose-petaled aisle to Pharrell Williams’s “Happy.” During the reception, where 43 guests sat at farm tables to enjoy kalbi short ribs, misoyaki cod, huli huli chicken, and fried rice, the weather continued to cooperate. Not a single drop fell as Matthew surprised his bride by playing the ukulele and singing her late mom’s favorite song, “Top of the World,” by The Carpenters. (There were plenty of teardrops, though.) And in a wedding-day miracle, “The rain held off until the band said, ‘Okay, thank you, good night!’” Matthew says. “I can’t even tell you how perfect it was.”


Matthew and Renee’s destination wedding in Hawaii

After Matthew proposed in Maui, the couple chose the island to be the backdrop to their chic Hawaiian celebration. “We wanted a slower pace, and Maui is a great mix of touristy and natural beauty,” Matthew says.

Renee found inspiration for her Gustavo Cadile gown on Pinterest, then visited the designer, who custom-made it. “We looked through thousands of lace fabrics,” Renee says. “But the first one I saw was the one we ended up going with. It was so beautiful.”

Matthew designed the sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring himself with the help of The Diamond Source in San Diego. “I didn’t realize it until after the fact, when people started to say, ‘It looks like Kate Middleton’s ring,’ that, oh yeah, it does!’”

Each of Renee’s bridesmaids held a grouping of lisianthus, irises, blue curiosa roses, ocean song roses, maidenhair fern, and scabiosa pods. The colors reflected the bride’s favorite shade, lavender.

A blown conch shell marked the official beginning of the ceremony.

Natalie Watson Photography

“As a little girl, I would make my dad buy me bridal magazines,” Renee says of her father, who walked her down the aisle to “Feels Like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk. “I was always that girl who dreamt of her wedding until I got older, and then I didn’t want to get married anymore. But Matthew changed my world.”

Natalie Watson Photography

During the emotional ceremony, Matthew pulled out a handkerchief he had embroidered with Renee’s married initials, “RMM,” to wipe her tears.

Renee’s niece tossed rose petals as she walked down the aisle in a dress from FlowerGirlsCouture.

Natalie Watson Photography

After exchanging vows, the pair recessed up the rose-lined aisle to Pharrell Williams’s “Happy.”

At each reception table, wooden bowls held arrangements of purple hydrangea, scabiosa pods, irises, lisianthus, ranunculus, campanula, clematis, allium, and roses.

All of the wedding’s festivities—from Thursday’s welcome dinner to Saturday’s reception—took place at a private estate right on the beach in Kihei.

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Matthew Morrison and Renee Puente’s Wedding Playlist

Renee made her aisle walk to this romantic tune, which has appeared in countless films. “It’s always been a song that I’ve loved,” she says. “Then one day, I’m driving in the car and it comes on the radio, and I just started crying listening to the lyrics. Immediately I thought, ‘That’s the song I’m walking down the aisle to.’”

After being pronounced husband and wife, the pair celebrated up the aisle to their friend singing this mood-shifting ditty.

For their first dance, Matthew and Renee chose a song they listened to when they were first falling in love. During a road trip from L.A. to Fresno to visit Renee’s family, the couple were sharing their favorite music and Matthew played this acoustic jam. “It was the first song I played for Renee where I said, ‘This is how I feel about you,’” Matthew says, “and it was the first time I told her that I loved her.”

At their reception, the duo sang a hybrid of Ellie Goulding’s “Starry Eyed” and Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” for their 43 guests.

As a surprise to his new wife, Matthew played the ukulele and sang one of Renee’s late mom’s favorite songs. “All throughout my childhood and high school, my mom would sing The Carpenters at the top of her lungs,” Renee says. “When Matthew sang ‘Top of the World,’ my sister, aunt, and I were just hysterical, but in the best way. It was so special.”


Matthew to appear on Live! With Kelly and Michael
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Matthew will be a guest on Live! With Kelly and Michael on Tuesday, April 14.
The show is syndicated; check your local listings.

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