Broadway Cares/Equity Fights will hold their annual "Broadway Bears" charity event on Feb 11 at 8 PM 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. The bears are also being previewed on-line at www.BroadwayCares.org. For reservations call (212) 840-0770, ext. 268. For information on the auction, call (212) 840 0770, ext. 268.
Rosie from Bye Bye Birdie
Original Costume Designer:Miles White
Bear Costume Designer: Mark Applegate with the assistance of: Therese J. Stadelmeier and Rebecca Scott (wig)
Signed by Chita Rivera
She's "just a Spanish tamale (according to Mae)," but we all know that Rosie (Grant…) was born in - "Allentown, P - A." Having been neglected by "Alberrrrrto" one time too many, and finding herself in the company of a group of Shriners, Rosie dons a fez and assumes the persona of the "regal and cool … exciting and cruel" wild "Spanish Rose." Our replica does the same, wearing a dress of golden-yellow suede cloth and matching choker decorated with glass beads and crystal. Included are her hand-tied, synthetic wig and the signature fez, complete with a tassel constructed from fabric-covered wire. Her genuine leather shoes have been latex painted to match her dress. "More Espagnol than Abbe Lane," Rosie has had some surgery, giving her some feminine wiles and enabling her to raise her arm with such flair. "She'll taunt you, she'll tame you…" Don't say we didn't warn you!