Current theatregoers are getting a little more for their Broadway buck — if they are willing to shell out a few more — as various shows on Broadway are auctioning off show memorabilia to help Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.
The six weeks of fundraising competition culminates in the annual Gypsy of the Year ceremony, held this year on Dec. 8 and 9 at the Palace Theatre.
Among the items currently being bid upon include tap lessons with the cast of 42nd Street, photos with Rent star Frenchie Davis, the Little Shop of Horrors plant and a necklace worn by Bernadette Peters in Gypsy.
Hairspray is selling a CD of star Harvey Fierstein's distinct baritone for use on voicemail as well as other things. A pair of Fierstein's Act I shoes went back and forth between two bidders before one doled out $5,000. In the name of charity, the runner up tossed an extra $5,000 when offered another pair.
The Boy From Oz auctions off a number of items including the towel used by star Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen. Anthony LaPaglia (A View From The Bridge) recently went head to head with a theatre patron for one of the flashy Allen inspired shirts. But perhaps most tempting for some audience members is the occasional auction for a kiss from new Broadway beau Hugh Jackman. Tickets for the 15th annual "Gypsy of the Year" event will be available mid-November by calling (212) 840-0770. For further information, visit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on the web at www.bcefa.org.