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. *
Lola from Damn Yankees
Original Costume Designer: William & Jean Eckart
Bear Costume Designer: Giva Taylor, with the assistance of Miriam Carlin
Signed by Gwen Verdon
"Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets" is the song she sang, and how true it was when Gwen Verdon dazzled all of Broadway wearing this seductive costume in the original production of Damn Yankees. In this re-creation (as in the original), Lola’s luscious figure is ("bear"-ly) covered by a lace-trimmed, black-tissue, faille leotard with tiny ribbon straps worn under black re-embroidered lace pedal pushers. Her accessories include black patent-leather high-heeled pumps, short black lace-trimmed gloves, dangling earrings, and three red roses adorning her curly red hair. Blue eyes complete the homage to Ms. Verdon who has autographed our very sexy "Lola Bear.