Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 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.
"Norma Desmond," from Sunset Boulevard
Original Costume Designer: Anthony Powell (Tony Award Nominee)
Bear Costume Designer: Sam Rodriguez, with the assistance of Woody Shelp (hat) and Lidia Santarella.
Fabrics donated by Joseph Meehan, Joe Leo and Jim Smith
Signed by Glenn Close
In Act II of Sunset Boulevard, Norma Desmond makes her triumphant return to Paramount Studios wearing an ultra-stylish "New Look" black wool suit with tight skirt, flared peplum and faux-fox cuffs fastened with rhinestone buttons. Like the original, our Norma Bear is swathed in a matching black and white faux-fox fur fling trailing three tails at each end. Her accessories include black satin gloves worn with a rhinestone ring, a fabulous black felt hat trimmed with egret feathers, a rhinestone star and a white satin turban wrap, and black open-toed sling-back platform shoes. No one would ever want to say goodbye to this glamorous star whose beautifully made-up face could indeed tell an entire story "with one look." The original Broadway Norma, Ms. Glenn Close, has graciously signed this elegant and unique personification of her beloved role.