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The 28th annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition raised an all-time record $4,532,129 in six weeks of nightly curtain-call appeals. That total eclipsed the $4.25 million previous record set one year ago. The number was revealed at the April 22 performance of skits, songs, dances and giant hats that make up the unique fundraiser-show, at the Minskoff Theatre.

This year’s top fundraising award went to the national tour of The Book of Mormon (Latter Day Company), which raised a stunning $405,009, nearly one tenth of this year’s total for 57 participating Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring shows.

In addition, the Jumamosi Company was the second runner-up for tour fundraiser, and the Broadway company raised the fourth-highest amount on Broadway. Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to Samantha Ware and Chris O’Neill, who nabbed awards for Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Visiting Production and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Visiting Production! And to the entire first national tour, for winning Outstanding Visiting Production.

+ David Larsen will be singing the national anthem before the Dodgers-Phillies game on Monday, April 21!

David Larsen will be singing the national anthem before the Dodgers-Phillies game on Monday, April 21!

The chances of David Larsen’s fellow Broadway cast members knowing where he’s from are slim. Their first introduction to his hometown is often when he wears his Hillsboro Hops baseball T-shirt.

“People really get a kick out of the mascot,” Larsen laughed, referring to Barley “the Hop” and Oregon’s craft-brewing fame.

Cast last year as Elder Price in the traveling version of the Broadway satire, “The Book of Mormon,” Larsen’s career has brought him full circle, from the stages of Hilhi to New York — where he has spent a majority of the last 12 years – and back now to the West Coast.

"When I first got to rehearsal, I would introduce myself and people would say, ‘Who are you playing?’ I’d say, ‘I’m Elder Cunningham,’ and they’d all kind of be like, ‘Ohhh.’ Until that point, it had only been played one way, so at that point I was a little panicked, but once people saw what I was going to do with it, I was calmer. Josh is very different from me."

Ben Platt

"Especially in year three, everyone knows what they’re getting themselves into. There’s a lot less shock value, so people sometimes sit back like, ‘All right, show us what you got.’ And especially with a new group and not a lot of the original cast anymore, you almost have to work that much harder to hook people in."

Nic Rouleau

+ Huge cheers to Nick Spangler, former swing and current Elder Neeley, who went on as Elder McKinley at last night’s understudy-palooza performance on Broadway (April 15, 2014). It was his first time — and even more incredibly, not a role he has ever covered. Congratulations, Nick!

Huge cheers to Nick Spangler, former swing and current Elder Neeley, who went on as Elder McKinley at last night’s understudy-palooza performance on Broadway (April 15, 2014). It was his first time — and even more incredibly, not a role he has ever covered. Congratulations, Nick!