Today my friend Chris got me and Ana tickets to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition. For those who don't know (which is probably most people) is the culmination of a fundraiser held by BC/EFA every year. Shows collect money for six weeks and then there's a big competition where each show makes up a sketch (like SNL broadway style) to present their "bonnet." This is not a lame girly home on the range bonnet. The bonnets are huge gravity defying headdresses that often light up or move on their own. Some guy from Project Runway designed some of them, so you know they're cool. Here's an example of one from last year's competition.
That's the cast of In the Heights with their bonnet last year. You know how much I love them - see here. Here's one of my all time favorite sketches - it's a collaboration between Avenue Q and the revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Amazing.
Anyways, it was a great show this year. In the Heights did a version of "One Day More" from Les Miz called "Un Dia Mas," Gypsy mocked their own lamb puppet in a song and tap dance number, and my personal favorite - Sunday in the Park with George. The two stars came out and said they were going to let the understudies on for once, they were really nervous about it, since understudies are really good and they didn't want to lose their jobs, but they were going to let them perform a scene from the show. Ana and I nodded to each other, "ah, that's nice." The curtain rose on two ten year olds (who share a part in the show) dressed like George and Dot in the climatic "We Do Not Belong Together" scene, complete with a pregnancy belly and they proceeded to do the entire scene spot on. It was hilarious. Ana laughed so hard that she cried.
Broadway raised over $3.5 million this year! It's nice to know that my six bucks are really adding to a larger sum and doing good in the world.
Thanks for the amazing tickets Chris! (Our seats were front row center. Seriously. It was crazy) We had a ball!