Broadway Bears XIII Presented Feb. 14 in Manhattan

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The annual Broadway Bears fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will be presented Feb. 14 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on West 42nd Street.
Billy Elliot bear signed by Haydn Gwynne, Stephen Daldry and Sir Elton John
Billy Elliot bear signed by Haydn Gwynne, Stephen Daldry and Sir Elton John

John Bolton (Curtains, Monty Python's Spamalot) hosts with long-time Sotheby's auctioneer Lorna Kelly presiding over the evening. Felicia Finley will sing.

The yearly event features a host of teddy bears dressed as famous Broadway characters, many autographed by the original stars who wore the original (human-sized) outfits.

Up for auction are bears dressed in costumes representing such shows as 9 to 5 (signed by Dolly Parton), 33 Variations (signed by Jane Fonda and Zach Grenier), A Little Night Music (signed by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stephen Sondheim), A Steady Rain (signed by Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman), Billy Elliot (signed by Haydn Gwynne, Stephen Daldry, and Sir Elton John), Destry Rides Again (signed by Andy Griffith), Exit The King (signed by Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, Lauren Ambrose, Andrea Martin, Brian Hutchison and William Sadler), Hair (signed by Will Swenson, Gavin Creel and Michael McDonald), Liza’s at the Palace (signed by Liza Minnelli), M. Butterfly (signed by B.D. Wong and John Lithgow), Rent (signed by Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp), Rock of Ages (signed by Constantine Maroulis), Victor/Victoria (signed by Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards), Wishful Drinking (signed by Carrie Fisher), Xanadu (signed by Cheyenne Jackson) and Young Frankenstein (signed by Mel Brooks and Christopher Fitzgerald).

VIP tickets, priced $150, include an exclusive private preview of the bears along with a cocktail, hors d'oeuvres and dessert reception from 6-8 PM as well as reserved priority seating for the auction. General admission tickets, priced $35, include a cocktail and dessert reception and display of the bears from 7-8 PM as well as unreserved seating for the auction.

Last year's auction, hosted by Bryan Batt, brought in $152,116 for the charitable organization. The Spamalot bear — signed by former "American Idol" finalist and Spamalot star Clay Aiken — raised the most money at the annual fundraiser, $16,000. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grants making organization. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes and other critical illnesses across the United States. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $170 million dollars for critically needed services for people with AIDS and other serious illnesses.

For more information about Broadway Bears XIII or Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, visit the BC/EFA website at www.broadwaycares.org or call (212) 840-0770.

<i>A Steady Rain</i> bear signed by Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman
A Steady Rain bear signed by Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman
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