Broadway Cares/Equity Fights will hold their annual "Broadway Bears" charity event on Feb 11 at 8 PM at the Hudson Theatre (145 W. 44th St. In Manhattan). As usual, the auction will feature dozens of stuffed bears, each decked out in the fashion of a particular theatre production or personality, and signed by the artist the bear resembles. In the weeks leading up to the auction, Playbill On-Line will feature a different Broadway Bear each day. The bears are also being previewed on-line at www.BroadwayCares.org. For reservations call (212) 840-0770, ext. 268. For information on the auction, call (212) 840 0770, ext. 268.
Ann Reinking from Dancin'
Original Costume Designer: Willa Kim
Bear Costume Designer: Therese J. Stadelmeier with the assistance of: Steven Bryant (wig) and Mark Applegate and with special thanks to Sally Ann Parsons
Not a lotta singin', not a lotta talkin', but a whole lotta Dancin' — an evening of theatre 'ography as created by Bob Fosse and featuring none other than one of the ideal Fosse dancers: Ann Reinking. True to the original design for Ms. Reinking's performance in "Sing, Sing, Sing", this bear is a vision in blue. Starting with a layer of shimmering royal blue spandex, this "simple" little dress was then hand-beaded. Hundreds of bugle beads in blue, black and crystal were used to create the geometric designs for the stunning dress. From head to toe she is complete: on her head, a stunning long-haired auburn wig, hand-tied from human hair. On her toes, hand-made shoes of silver lamé and blue fabric that match the dress. And did we mention those Reinking signature long legs? Now, there's an extension to kick about!