If past seasons have been any indication, theatre buffs will converge in droves on Shubert Alley Sunday, Sept. 26, for the 13th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction. The annual street fair and sale of theatrical memorabilia runs through Shubert Alley and along 44th Street in Manhattan.
As in the past, the all-day fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will feature an auction of theatre-related prizes, autograph-signing tables and show-specific memorabilia such as costume and set sketches, photographs, Playbills, costume pieces, props and more. The Market starts at 10 AM and concludes with the grand auction, at 4:30 PM.
Courtesy of the BC/EFA website, here's the current line-up of celebrities expected at the Flea Market:
Brent Barrett, John Glover, Ruthie Henshall, Judith Ivey, Judith Light, Bernadette Peters, Raphael Sbarge, Marian Seldes, Tom Wopat, Ruth Warrick, Kim Zimmer 1-2 PM:
Donna Bullock, Brian Dennehy, Marge Dusay, Edie Falco, Judy Kaye, Chrystal Chappell, Andrew McCarthy, Alton Fitzgerald White.
Marge Champion, Crystal Chappell, Beth Fowler, David Marshall Grant, Werner Klemperer, Jill Larson, Dorothy Loudon, Barbara Luna, Michael O'Leary, Timothy D. Stickney.
Among the items offered at this year's auction:
Walk-ons in Footloose, Chicago, Rent and Jekyll & Hyde
The dress Natasha Richardson wore in Closer
The silk sweater Bette Midler wore in "The First Wives Club"
The shirt worn by Ricky Martin when he played Marius in Les Miserables
Betty Buckley's Sunset Boulevard turban (donated by Rosie O'Donnell, who received it as a gift from Buckley)
Dean Jones' original Company scarf
Attend an RCA Victor Broadway CD cast recording session
Walk-ons on television's "Dharma & Greg," "Providence," "Dawson's Creek," "Friends" and "Touched By An Angel"
Sheet music signed by Jerry Bock, Charles Strouse, Cy Coleman and Kander & Ebb
An "Ally McBeal" tour, including hotel, airfare and lunch with Jane Krakowski
Signed posters of Amy's View, On The Town, Parade, The Iceman Cometh and Paper Mill Playhouse's Follies
Opening Night packages for such shows as Kiss Me, Kate and Waiting in the Wings
Submit your 32-bar song lyrics, and Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) will put them to music
Go behind the scenes at Disney's The Lion King
John Cameron Mitchell, as Hedwig, will leave a message on your answering machine.
The 1998 Flea Market raised $507,000 for people coping with HIV and AIDS.
Other popular BC/EFA events this season will include the 11th "Gypsy of the Year" Competition (Nov. 29-30), "Nothing Like A Dame" (March 6, 2000), and the "Easter Bonnet" Competition (April 17-18, 2000).
-- By Kenneth Jones and David Lefkowitz