The Sept. 23 outdoor fundraiser raises money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and features theatrical memorabilia donated by the theatrical community. The day-long event (10 AM-7 PM) also boasts a Celebrity Booth, where theatre fans can purchase autographs by, or photos with, their favorite stars from Broadway, Off-Broadway and television serials. There is a $20 charge each time one walks through the Celebrity Booth line.
As of press time, those scheduled to take part in the Celebrity Booth include the following talents:
1-1:50 PM: Beth Leavel, Debra Monk, Marian Seldes, Mary Testa, Tony Roberts 2-2:50 PM: Bryan Batt, Christine Ebersole, Dana Ivey, Jake Silberman, Kamar de los Reyes, Robin Strasser, Sherri Saum, Van Hansis
3-3:50 PM: Amy Irving, Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christopher Sieber, Corin Redgrave, Jeff Branson, Lynn Redgrave, Melissa Claire Egan, Nicole Forester, Robert Newman, Vanessa Redgrave.
Last year's Flea Market — held Sept. 24, 2006, in Shubert Alley — raised $505,832 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The booth that raised the most money ($24,311) was hosted by the United Scenic Artists. The show booth that raised the most money was The Phantom of the Opera, which took in $13,230. Since its debut in 1987, the annual fundraiser has brought in $6,551,418 for BC/EFA.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1988 the organization has distributed over $110 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.
For more information on the Flea Market and other BC/EFA events, visit the BC/EFA website at www.bcefa.org or call (212) 840-0770.