The cast of Swing! has announced the details of a silent auction being held to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids (BC/EFA). Dance lessons, memorabilia from the show, a customized song from Ann Hampton Calloway, a personal voice lesson with Laura Benanti and a night out with the cast of Swing! at a top swing club are just some of the items being auctioned.
According to production sources, the complete list of items to be auctioned includes:
• Swing With Swing! -- Dance the night away with the cast of Swing! at New York's hottest swing club, Swing 46. (Minimum Bid: $500)
• Opening Night Pin -- This gold Swing! logo pin was given to the cast members on opening night. (Minimum bid: $40)
• "Shaking" Not Stirred -- Enjoy an opening night Swing! logo Martini shaker given exclusively to the cast. (Minimum Bid: $60)
• Ann's Song -- Ann Hampton Callaway will write and record your very own song about anything or anyone you wish. (Minimum Bid: $1,000)
• Sing Like A Skylark -- Enjoy a one hour private singing lesson with Laura Benanti. (Minimum Bid: $250)
• Latin Fever -- Learn the Latin dances with dance diva Maria Torres and her partner Carlos Sierra Lopez. (Minimum Bid: $250)
• Do-Si-Do -- An hour of two-stepping and country dancing with four time world champions Robert Royston and Laureen Baldovi. (Minimum Bid: $250)
• California Dreamin’ -- An hour-long West Coast swing lesson from Beverly Durand and Aldrin Gonzalez. (Minimum Bid: $250)
• Lindy Hoppin' -- Learn swing and Lindy Hop from world champion Ryan Francois! (Minimum Bid: $250)
• Bli-Blippin' -- Scat Kat Everett Bradley will give you an hour lesson on the joys of scatting. (Minimum Bid: $250)
• Krispy Kreme Dream -- A year's supply of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, good anywhere in the U.S. (Minimum Bid: $300)
• Hat's Off -- Robert Royston's country hat, signed by both he and Laureen. (Minimum Bid: $100)
• Signed Shoes -- Grab a pair of signed dance shoes from the cast member of your choice (Minimum Bid: $50)
• Memorabilia -- Own a handmade scrapbook with opening date and cast signatures (Minimum Bid: $50)
• Signed Souvenir Book -- The entire cast's signature on the cover of the Swing! Souvenir book. (Minimum Bid: $50)
• A New York Serenade -- Crooner Casey MacGill will come to you, ukulele in hand, and sing to you and a loved one. (Minimum Bid: $350)
Bids should be mailed to Swing! Auction, St. James Theater, 246 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036, or e-mailed to Latarro@aol.com, or faxed to (212) 779-8876, before April 19. Winners will be contacted in late April. Payments are made payable to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and are tax deductible.
Swing!tickets are $20 - $80. The St. James Theatre is located at 246 West 44th Street in New York. For tickets call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or 1 (800) 432-7250. Additionally, $20 "Rush" tickets are sold at the Box Office for same-day performances.