Great time today at the 30th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Fantastic to see the brilliant, beautiful and ageless, Tony award-winning Cady Huffman open the show with a bevy of beauties, celebrating the 25th anniversary (what?!) of THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, not looking a day older than she did on that long ago opening night.
Most Broadway shows were represented with original material. Highlights were Max von Essen and Brandon Uranowitz from AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, busting audiences using their phones during shows, and the company of HAMILTON, who turned their opening number into an homage to Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD, with Lin-Manuel Miranda playing the “demon barber of Fleet Street.”
But as great as everyone was, the entire afternoon was stolen by SCHOOL OF ROCK's surprise guest star. Who would've guessed in a Broadway theater they would have pulled off the ultimate coup that no one would EVER have expected: Rock & Roll living legend Stevie Nicks! She brought the house down singing her own composition, the huge Fleetwood Mac hit Rhiannon, backed by THE SCHOOL OF ROCK kid's band (!), to a stunned, rapturous, wildly enthusiastic audience.
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The 30th annual Easter Bonnet Competition, celebrating six weeks of fundraising by 58 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies, raised a record-shattering $5,528,568 this year. The staggering grand total was announced by Christian Borle, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jennifer Hudson.
Since the Easter Bonnet Competition began in 1987, the event has raised more than $68.8 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Wow. Bravo to Tom Viola and his incredible team at BCEFA. And thank you to my great pal Jamie DeRoy for bringing me today!