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by Michael Portantiere

$4,532,129 Worth of Easter Joy

  • This year's East Bonnet competition was filled with delights, from a hilarious opening number with Rory O'Malley as an ambitious actor and Michael Riedel as Satan, to the roof-raising finale in which Bryan Cranstston, Fran Drescher, and Denzel Washington took the stage to announce that the New York theater community had raised $4,532,129 this spring to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. There were also appearances by such notables as James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, and Leighton Meester from Of Mice and Men. cast. Here are my pix of the event, held yesterday afternoon at the Minskoff Theater.


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    Published on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Michael Portantiere has more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has interviewed theater notables for NPR.org, PLAYBILL, STAGEBILL, and OPERA NEWS, and has written notes for several cast albums. Michael is co-author of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: BEHIND THE MYLAR CURTAIN, published in 2008 by Hal Leonard/Applause. Additionally, he is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several major websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.) He can be reached at michael@broadwaystars.com

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For an archive of all the Michael Portantiere articles, click here.

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