Broadway Cares/Equity Fights will hold their annual "Broadway Bears" charity event at 7 PM Feb. 15 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. For information on the auction, call (212) 840 0770, ext. 268. *
Captain Billy Buck Chandler, from My One and Only
Original Costume Designer: Rita Ryack (Tony Award Nominee)
Bear Costume Designer: Gail Mcgee, with the assistance of Steven Bryant (wig), Woody Shelp (hat) and Sam Vasili (shoes)
Signed by Tommy Tune
The looong silhouette of the "one and only" Tommy Tune has been replicated in this long-legged incarnation of Billy Buck Chandler. Dressed to the nines in black wool tailcoat and matching pleated trousers (trimmed and lined in black faille), "Bearly" Buck Chandler is accessorized by a white pin-tucked wing-collared shirt, pale-blue satin vest, white satin bow-tie and pocket square, and white carnation. From top to toe, the fabulous finishing touches are Tommy's black top hat, sleek hair style, signature red socks and black leather tap shoes (with real taps, thank you very much). To paraphrase the lyric: "You'll be so crazy over him!"