21st Annual Broadway Flea Market Presented in Shubert Alley Sept. 23

News   21st Annual Broadway Flea Market Presented in Shubert Alley Sept. 23 Silent auctions, a live grand auction, celebrity tables, VIP photo booths and over 50 tables packed with theatrical memorabilia are part of the 21st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, which is being held in Shubert Alley Sept. 23 beginning at 10 AM.
The Wicked table at last year's Flea Market.
The Wicked table at last year's Flea Market. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The day-long fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS runs to 7 PM and will feature appearances by some of Broadway's most acclaimed performers.

Here's a look at just some of what the annual Flea Market has to offer:

Celebrity Tables: Theatre fans can purchase autographs by, or photos with, their favorite stars from Broadway, Off-Broadway and television serials. There is a $25 charge each time one walks through the Celebrity Booth line; photos with the stars are available for $10 each. Those scheduled to take part in the Celebrity Tables include the following talents.

11-11:50 AM: Bebe Neuwirth, F. Murray Abraham, Sir Ian McKellen, John Gallagher Jr., Jonathan Groff, Kevin Chamberlin, Lea Michele, Marcy Rylan, Marnie Schulenburg, Michael Arden, Milena Govich, Paige Davis.

Noon-12:50 PM: Andy Karl, Anthony Rapp, Cheyenne Jackson, Christian Hoff, Ilene Kristen, JoAnne Worley, Julia Murney, Kerry Butler, Laura Bell Bundy, Laura Osnes, Marj Dusay, Max Crumm, Michael Berresse, Orfeh 1-1:50 PM: Ann Harada, Beth Leavel, Bobbie Eakes, Caitlin Van Zandt, Daniel Reichard, David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk, J. Robert Spencer, Marian Seldes, Mary Testa, Sebastian Arcelus, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Stephanie J. Block, Tony Roberts

2-2:50 PM: Alexandra Chando, Bryan Batt, Christine Ebersole, Dana Ivey, Jake Silberman, Jill Eikenberry, Kamar de los Reyes, Lucie Arnaz, Michael Tucker, Phyllis Newman, Robin Strasser, Scott Bryce, Sherri Saum, Tituss Burgess, Tyne Daly, Van Hansis

3-3:50 PM: Amy Irving, Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christopher Sieber, Corin Redgrave, Donna Murphy, Jeff Branson, Jessica Leccia, Kathleen Chalfant, Lynn Redgrave, Melissa Claire Egan, Nicole Forester, Robert Newman, Vanessa Redgrave.

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VIP Photo Booths: For the first time in the Flea Market's history, fans will be able to step into BC/EFA's photo booths and have their photos taken with various celebrities. There is a minimum donation of $40 for each photo taken; celebrity photos will include a frame autographed by the celebrity fans are photographed with.

The schedule for the VIP Photo Booths follows:

11 AM: Frankie Valli (lead singer of The Four Seasons)
12 noon: Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff and John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening)
1 PM: Laura Osnes and Max Crumm (Grease); and in a second booth Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal (Rent)
2 PM: Lynn Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave

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50 Tables of Theatrical Memorabilia: Some of the items that will be found at just a few of the tables follow.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee table: old or retired props used onstage; a raffle of four tickets to the show with the guarantee that one in the party will be a guest speller onstage.

ABC Daytime Television table: a raffle to have your name said on an episode of "All My Children"; a chance to win tickets to the 2008 "ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares" event.

Broadway Cares table: Various BC/EFA merchandise, including snowglobes, T-shirts, mugs, calendars, books and more.

Jersey Boys table: Signed posters and Playbills, signed props, baked goods, old costume jewelry worn in the show.

Michael Crawford International Fan Association table: Signed memorabilia, Playbills, artwork, shadow boxes, CDs, DVDs from Crawford's career.

The Phantom of the Opera table: Used show props, used show letters, front-of-house signs, Hannibal poster, autographed Phantom posters, programs, show jackets, show bags, DVDs, CDs, cookbooks and more.

Playbill table: the Playbill Broadway Yearbook.

The Drowsy Chaperone table: Martini glasses, exclusive Drowsy merchandise, old front-of-house signage.

Tyne Daly table: Jewelry and accessories from Tyne Daly's closet!

United Scenic Artists table: One-of-a-kind and extremely valuable theatrical sketches, set and costume renderings, models, samples. Books, scripts, show jackets, T-shirts, cups, hats, Tony voter swag.

Wicked table: Signed posters, photos, Playbills, Xmas cards, "Wicked Good Cook" aprons.

Xanadu table: Signed posters, theatre books, artwork from the cast, handmade jewelry, homemade baked goods, T-shirts.

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Grand Auction: The highlight of the Flea Market features "singular items and opportunities such as walk-on roles in Broadway shows, television programs and films" that are auctioned to the highest bidder. The Grand Auction begins at 4:30 PM in Shubert Alley.

Some of the dozens of items include the chance to conduct the exit music for a performance of The Phantom of the Opera; an appearance as a bar patron in a scene of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys; a chance to have dinner with Rabbit Hole's Tyne Daly, Cynthia Nixon and David Lindsay-Abaire; and an onstage appearance in Rent or Wicked.

For a complete list of items available in the Silent and Grand Auctions, visit www.broadwaycares.org.

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Last year's Flea Market — held Sept. 24, 2006, in Shubert Alley — raised $505,832 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The booth that raised the most money ($24,311) was hosted by the United Scenic Artists. The show booth that raised the most money was The Phantom of the Opera, which took in $13,230. Since its debut in 1987, the annual fundraiser has brought in $6,551,418 for BC/EFA.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1988 the organization has distributed over $110 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.

For more information on the Flea Market and other BC/EFA events, visit the BC/EFA website at www.bcefa.org or call (212) 840-0770.

The Grand Auction table at the 2006 Broadway Flea Market.
The Grand Auction table at the 2006 Broadway Flea Market. Photo by Aubrey Reuben
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