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 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 by four of this season’s brightest stars: Andy Karl, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Helen Mirren and Matthew Morrison.

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. Check back soon for video and photos from the event.

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 presentation 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.

Opting to skew younger in casting, Les Misérables set out to find a new Jean Valjean and landed with a star-in-the-making performance of “The Confrontation” by 13-year-old Joshua Colley, who stunned the audience in his vocal duel with current Javert understudy John Rapson.

On the Town’s adorably awkward Lucy Schmeeler, expertly played by Allison Guinn, reluctantly became the new Miss Turnstiles and enjoyed a special dream ballet that called out cast member Ricky Ubeda, the most recent winner of So You Think You Can Dance.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.


Matthew to Perform National Anthem at 2015 Subway Series
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Broadway’s leading man, Matthew Morrison, star of the hit show Finding Neverland, will sing the national anthem at the final game of the first leg of the 2015 Subway Series on Sunday, April 26 at 8pm at Yankee Stadium. New York’s hottest MLB event of the year, Subway Series is an annual six-game face-off between the Yankees and the Mets, and will be broadcast live on ESPN.


Matthew nominated for a 2015 Drama Desk Award!
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Congratulations are in order for Matthew, who has been nominated for a 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, for his role as JM Barrie in Finding Neverland!

Carolee Carmello has also been nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, for her role as Mrs Du Maurier.

The ceremony will be held on May 31, 2015 at City Hall and will be hosted by Broadway actress Laura Benanti.


Matthew, Laura Michelle Kelly and the Finding Neverland cast perform “Believe” on Good Morning America on April 23, 2015.

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Finding Neverland to perform on Good Morning America!
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Guillermo Diaz; a visit to the set of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Also, a performance by the cast of Broadway’s “Finding Neverland,” and “Deals and Steals.”


Matthew has been nominated in the Distinguished Performance category at the 2015 Drama League Awards.

Other nominations include Kelsey Grammer for Distinguished Performance and Finding Neverland for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical.

Winners will be announced on May 15.

Chris Colfer visits “Finding Neverland”!
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Chris Colfer visits Matthew and Laura Michelle Kelly backstage at Finding Neverland (April 18).

All the pictures in the gallery.


Additional pictures from the “Finding Neverland” Afterparty added to the album.

Matthew steals Laura Michelle Kelly’s camera in episode 6 of Finding Neverland vlog, “Never Grow Up”.

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.


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