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. *
"Queen of Hearts" from Alice in Wonderland
Original Costume Designer: Patricia Zipprodt (Tony Award Nominee)
Bear Costume Designer: Brionna Mcmahon
Signed by Kate Burton
Looking like an animated three-dimensional playing-card in her gown and crown (vinyl, of course, for the full playing-card effect), our Queen of Hearts seems to have just walked off the stage of the Eva LeGallienne production of Alice in Wonderland. Resplendent in her bright green dress with a diagonal hand-painted decorative band and long red-and-gold striped cape (draped in back with stylized, painted ermine), she wears her flared-crown headdress and carries her heart-shaped scepter with an unmistakably royal air. Designed by the late Patricia Zipprodt, she is autographed by Kate Burton, the production's original Alice. Careful -- you could lose your head (and maybe your heart) to this fabulous Queen!