The 16th Annual Grand Auction and Flea Market is ready to fill Shubert Alley with one-of-kind theatrical goodies and chance encounters between fans and Broadway celebrities Sept. 22, all for the benefit of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Items in this year's Grand Auction include walk-ons in Rent, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera and 42nd Street and opening night tickets to Gypsy, Flower Drum Song, Dance of the Vampires, Miss Julie and Man of La Mancha.
The Grand Auction begins live bidding at 4:30 PM. Also set for the block are walk-on roles in "Friends," Nathan Lane's new show, "Charlie Lawrence," and "Everybody Loves Raymond," a day on the set of "Alias," the desk and chair Rosie O'Donnell used on the set of her TV show, autographed posters from the original casts of Contact, Aida, The Elephant Man, Putting It Together, The Full Monty and the movie cast of "West Side Story," the suit Tom Selleck wore in A Thousand Clowns and autographed sheet music from Barbra Streisand, Dave Grusin and Alan and Marilyn Bergman, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Cy Coleman and Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis.
A second highlight of the flea market is the Celebrity Table, where, for a small donation, fans can get the autographs of and take pictures with their favorite stars. This year's talent at the table includes Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray); Frankie and Johnny's Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci; Emily Skinner (Merrily We Roll Along in Washington, DC); Alan Campbell (Contact); Jonathan Dokuchitz (The Boys From Syracuse); Randy Graff (A Little Night Music in Washington, DC); Lauren Kennedy (London's South Pacific); Priscilla Lopez (A Chorus Line); Into the Woods' Christopher Sieber, Adam Wylie, John McMartin and Gregg Edelman; The Producers' Brad Oscar, Gary Beach and Sam Harris; Thoroughly Modern Millie's Harriet Harris and Marc Kudisch; Hunter Foster (Urinetown); Kathleen Chalfant (Wit); Oklahoma!'s Patrick Wilson; Proof's Len Cariou; and 42nd Street's Beth Leavel, Lucie Arnaz and Barbara Cook, among others.
Broadway Cares also conducts an online auction through the popular website, Ebay.com. Items include signed posters from various Broadway Cares events, including past Broadway Bares, Gypsy of the Years, Easter Bonnets and Nothing Like a Dames, as well as autographed playbills and show cards. In 2001, the 15th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction, held Sept. 30, raised over $358,556. $50,000 of the 2001 proceeds from the combination garage sale and bidding war went to the Twin Towers Fund.
The Broadway Flea Market runs from 10 AM to 7 PM with the Grand Auction held at 4:30 PM. For more information on the Flea Market and other BC/EFA events, please visit their website at www.bcefa.org or call (212) 840-0770.