You've read about the controversial auction of a human kidney on the internet. Now, fans of Jekyll & Hyde can get a chunk of the title character's famous ponytail on the eBay.com internet auction site.
Actor Robert Evan chopped off his mane following his final performance on Broadway Jan. 23 and the locks are being auctioned off, along with other J&H memorabilia, to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Auctioning three identical packages (including hair, signed haircut photo, letter of authenticity and a signed Jan. 23 Playbill) was suggested by Evan's fans. Bidding began Jan. 29 on eBay and continues to Feb. 6.
As of Feb. 3, there were 10 bids, beginning at $200 and reaching $660. Find the items at keyword "Rob Evan" on the eBay site, www.ebay.com.
All proceeds go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
"Many people have asked me for the hair," Evan said in a statement. "I figured that we would have some fun while raising money for such a worthy cause."
Evan fans can expect a solo recording dubbed "Moment," in 2000.
The auction site eBay stopped bidding on a human kidney in 1999 because of ethical issues, but collectible hair is apparently a different story. The mane is famous in the Frank Wildhorn musical: Whenever evil Hyde broke through, Evan would flop the hair over his face, and when Jekyll emerged he would pull the locks back.
The scene has been lampooned in BC/EFA concerts, Forbidden Broadway and in cabaret shows.
Soap opera actor and pop music singer Jack Wagner now plays the title characters in Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde.