Fun on a Friday: It’s The Circle of Puppets.

Leave it to Avenue Q.

The little-show-that-could, which is now in its 12th year in New York, after besting Wicked for the Tony, running six years on Broadway and now in its sixth Off Broadway (and is still the only show that has successfully made that transition), just shocked the entire Easter Bonnet competition when it won the best presentation prize a few weeks ago.

Wait – you don’t know what the Easter Bonnet competition is?

Every spring, for about six weeks, Broadway shows raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids through audience appeals at the end of shows (you know, when the cast members are at the exit doors with buckets, or when Hugh Jackman is selling his sweaty t-shirt for $27,000).   You’ve all probably seen that, right?

Well, what you probably haven’t seen is what happens when Broadway Cares announces which show raised the most money.  Since this is Broadway, after all, they don’t just announce it at a boring conference.  They have a show about it!  At the end of the fundraising season, each contributing show has an opportunity to create an Easter Bonnet, and then perform a number for an audience of about two thousand members of the community.  It’s a pretty incredible day, and the numbers that the casts put together can be pretty hysterical.

Don’t believe me?

Well, then take a couple minutes on this glorious spring Friday and watch the video below as Avenue Q, which won the award for Best Presentation, pokes a little fun at their big puppet show brother, The Lion King.  (Email subscribers, click here if you can’t see the video.)


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