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.
The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland
Original Costume Designer: Patricia Zipprodt
Bear Costume Designer: Anne Robin Luckett
Signed by Mary Stuart Masterson
"Oh my fur and whiskers!" Have you ever seen such a transformation? This bear was first soft-sculpted to create a fat tummy, rabbit-like thighs and huge, 3-toed rabbit feet. His mask, ears and sculpted body were then covered with a short, curly white fur. And to make him free-standing and posable, his body was wire-reinforced. He is smartly clad in a two-pocket, silk-blend vest with painted buttons; and his 100% wool coat is detailed with kick pleats, two pockets and covered buttons. His ascot, coat and details on his body were hand-painted to match an illustration by Sir John Tenniel. Carrying a hand-crafted (handless…) watch with a gold-braid fob, the White Rabbit is made complete with his Tibetan lambskin wool tail. Bid on this "wonder"-ous bear now, so that you won't have to say, "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!"