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.
"Percy," from The Scarlet Pimpernel
From the tips of his two-toned leather boots to the top of his wavy auburn wig, this bear is the spitting image of Broadway’s gorgeous and talented Sir “Bearcy” Blakeney, Douglas Sills. A singing and dancing 18th-century fashion plate, our Sir Percy models a wine-colored wool, high-collared tail-coat with stamped metal buttons, coordinated with beige silk fall-front breeches trimmed with side buttons and bows, and a gold-and-brown striped double-breasted vest accented with brown satin buttons and lapels. Finishing details are provided by a fluffy bow-tie with ruffled ends, cuff ruffles, an ornate gold watch fob and a wide green ribbon to tie back his hair. Autographed by Sills, no one would ever suspect this fop of being the heroic Scarlet Pimpernel -- would they?