At Ten, Bears Are Dressed to the Nines: Broadway Bears 10 Presented Feb. 11

News   At Ten, Bears Are Dressed to the Nines: Broadway Bears 10 Presented Feb. 11 Broadway Bears, the annual fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, celebrates its tenth anniversary Feb. 11. The auction of Broadway-costumed teddy bears will be hosted by Bryan Batt, most recently on Broadway in the revival of La Cage aux Folles.
From top: Jiminy Glick from Fame Becomes Me; Little Edie from Grey Gardens and The Crocodile from Peter Pan.
From top: Jiminy Glick from Fame Becomes Me; Little Edie from Grey Gardens and The Crocodile from Peter Pan.

The auction at B. B. King Blues Club & Grill features a host of teddy bears dressed as famous Broadway characters, many autographed by the original stars who wore the original (human-sized) outfits. The evening is scheduled to begin at 6 PM with a private reception and a VIP advance preview of the bears; the general admission reception and display is set for 7 PM, and the auction commences at 8 PM. Lorna Kelly will once again be the event's auctioneer.

Since its inception in 1998, Broadway Bears has raised over one million dollars for BC/EFA. Among the 40 bears being auctioned include bears dressed as characters from Jersey Boys, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, The Drowsy Chaperone, Grey Gardens, Wicked, The Color Purple, Sweeney Todd, The Boy From Oz, The Pajama Game and Mary Poppins.

Last year's auction raised a total of $114,638. The bear that brought in the most funds for BC/EFA was the Avenue Q Rod bear, which was signed by original Q star John Tartaglia and raised $8,250. Other top draws included The Color Purple's Sofia bear — signed by Purple star Felicia P. Fields and producer Oprah Winfrey — which brought in $5,500, and Spamalot's King Arthur bear — signed by Tim Curry — which took in $4,800.

Host Bryan Batt's additional theatre credits include Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast; Monty, the disco DJ, in Saturday Night Fever; the Cat in the Hat in Seussical the Musical; Sir Percy in Frank Wildhorn's The Scarlet Pimpernel; as well as principal roles in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express and Cats. The actor-singer-dancer also played Joe Gillis opposite Betty Buckley's Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and has appeared Off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway and Jeffrey. Batt has also been busy raising funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

For more information about Broadway Bears 10 or to make reservations for the event, call BC/EFA, (212) 840-0770, ext. 245. Visit the BC/EFA website at www.broadwaycares.org. B. B. King Blues Club & Grill is located in Manhattan at 237 West 42nd Street.

Clark Kent from <i>It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman</i>, A Little Old Lady from <i>The Producers</i> and The Black Knight from <i>Spamalot</i>.
Clark Kent from It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman, A Little Old Lady from The Producers and The Black Knight from Spamalot.
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