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At the 32nd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition, the talented young cast of School of Rock - The Musical joined forces with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña to perform the students’ inspiring original song, “Shine.” Garrity and Peña wrote the song in response to the shooting at their Parkland, FL, school that killed 17 students and teachers in February. The stirring performance was dedicated to the victims lost in the senseless massacre.
Humor, hope and heart were at the core of the performances at the 32nd annual Easter Bonnet Competition, which raised $5,721,879 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The near-record number was raised by 62 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions and was announced Tuesday, April 24, 2018, by Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters (Hello, Dolly!) and Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane (Angels in America).
irected and Choreographed by Jesse Swimm
Music Direction by Jonathan Wagner
Music and Lyrics by Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña
Arrangements by Jonathan Wagner, Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña
Stage Manager: Matthew Leiner
Easter Bonnet created by Imani Denson-Pittman
Musicians: Levi Buksbazen, cajon; Jim Kaplan, violin; Cory Logan, guitar; Iggy Rosado, keyboard; Zachary Zwelling, guitar
Performers: John Allyn, Ava, Briglia, Levi Buksbazen, Michael Cascetta, Katie Greendorfer, Gabrielle Greene, Jim Kaplan, Sophia Kekllas, Ellie Kim, Madison Elizabeth Lagares, Montgomery Lamb, Cory Logan, Madalen Yarbrough Mills, Iggy Rosado, Sarah Walsh, Zachary Zwelling
Special thanks to Sawyer Garrity, Andrea Peña, Wendy Simon-Garrity, Beatriz Peña, Melody Herzfeld
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and staff; the cast and crew of School of Rock - The Musical; and the Winter Garden Theatre staff
In memory of Alyssa Alhadeff, 14; Scott Beigel, 35; Martin Duque Anguiano, 14; Nicholas Dworet, 17; Aaron Feis, 37; Jaime Guttenberg, 14; Chris Hixon, 49; Luke Hoyer, 15; Cara Loughran, 14; Gina Montalto, 14; Joaquin Oliver, 17; Alaina Petty, 14; Meadow Pollack, 18; Helena Ramsay, 17; Alex Schachter, 14; Carmen Schentrup, 16; Peter Wang, 15
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS unites theatre artists with theatre lovers to help those in need.
The Easter Bonnet Competition is the culmination of six weeks of spring fundraising efforts by company members of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions. Casts, crews and volunteers at participating shows stood with Broadway Cares’ signature #redbuckets in hand at theatre exits to accept donations, in addition to selling signed Playbills, posters and other special treasures.
The money we raise together goes to more than 450 social service agencies in all 50 states to fund lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency financial assistance for those living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awards grants to more than 450 social service agencies in all 50 states helping those living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. It’s also the largest single financial supporter of the social service programs of The Actors Fund, helping everyone in entertainment and the performing arts.
Broadway Cares hosts two six-week-long fundraising campaigns across the country every year, one leading up to the Easter Bonnet Competition in April and the other leading up to the Gypsy of the Year competition in December. Broadway Cares also produces annual fundraising events in New York City, including Broadway Backwards, Broadway Bares and the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction.