To tease this year's event, the organizers put together a mashup of Broadway stars urging you to come on down. You will find Laura Benanti, Alice Ripley and, well, why don't you try to identify them all yourself? Click below:
Among the items being auctioned: lunch with Chita Rivera; ballet slippers autographed by Sarah Brightman; a Phantom of the Opera mask signed by original Phantom Michael Crawford; a dance bag signed by Gwen Verdon; walk-ons in Jersey Boys, Beautiful, Kinky Boots, Lion King and others; opening-night tickets and cast party passes to Allegiance, On Your Feet!, Misery, Fiddler on the Roof, School of Rock and more. See the complete list here.
But the auction is just part of the fun. Shows and organizations sponsor tables (74 of them at last count) in Shubert Alley and environs where you can buy rare posters and window cards, vintage Playbills, real costumes from shows, classic cast albums, etc., and can get them all autographed by stars from Broadway's current shows. It's one of the year's great insider events. There are Broadway fans who use it to decorate their apartments and do all their holiday shopping in a single day. Here's what previous years' events looked like: