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Friday, May 02, 2008

Project Runway on Broadway

Photo Courtesy BC/EFA. Photo by Tomas Vrzala.

BPR Field Reporter Extraordinaire, Nancy T returns with a report from the "22nd Annual BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition." Thanks Nancy.

Project Runway Appears on Broadway!

On April 28 and 29, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS held their annual Easter Bonnet Competition. The event is a culmination of a 6-week fundraising effort and features skits, songs, and outrageous hats sported by casts of Broadway shows. This year, the opening number was “Project Broadway”, a spoof of you-know-what.

The hostess of Project Broadway was “Rivka Klum”, Heidi’s Jewish sister (Heidi was off getting the Seal of Approval.) An actor playing Tim Gunn tutored the celebrity contestants (actors portraying Tila Tequila, New York, and Patti Lupone), singing “Make it Work” (to the Tune of “Make em Laugh.") Actors also represented (and skewered) Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and guest judge Paula Abdul.

To top it off, the contestants were given advice by four guest stars (played by themselves!)– Malan Breton, Kayne Gillespie, Angela Keslar (her suggestion – be sure to include rosettes) and Chris March (his suggestion – use human hair.) The audience loved the sketch, but went wild when the four PR contestants appeared.

Chris is no stranger to the event. He created hats for 7 prior competitions, and won 5 times. In addition, he created the hat for the 20th Anniversary of the Easter Bonnet Show. This year, he was one of the judges.

What a great event! And, how great is it that the Project Runway designers lend their support to this successful show!