Examining the Flea Market, Table by Table
By Andrew Gans
In addition to the eagerly awaited live auction, the 21st Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction — to be held Sept. 23 in Shubert Alley — will also boast 50 tables overflowing with theatrical memorabilia.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee table: old or retired props used onstage; a raffle of four tickets to the show with the guarantee that one in the party will be a guest speller onstage.
ABC Daytime Television table: a raffle to have your name said on an episode of "All My Children"; a chance to win tickets to the 2008 "ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares" event.
Broadway Cares table: Various BC/EFA merchandise, including snowglobes, T-shirts, mugs, calendars, books and more.
Jersey Boys table: Signed posters and Playbills, signed props, baked goods, old costume jewelry worn in the show.
Michael Crawford International Fan Association table: Signed memorabilia, Playbills, artwork, shadow boxes, CDs, DVDs from Crawford's career.
The Phantom of the Opera table: Used show props, used show letters, front-of-house signs, Hannibal poster, autographed Phantom posters, programs, show jackets, show bags, DVDs, CDs, cookbooks and more.
Playbill table: the Playbill Broadway Yearbook.
The Drowsy Chaperone table: Martini glasses, exclusive Drowsy merchandise, old front-of-house signage.
Tyne Daly table: Jewelry and accessories from Tyne Daly's closet!
United Scenic Artists table: One-of-a-kind and extremely valuable theatrical sketches, set and costume renderings, models, samples. Books, scripts, show jackets, T-shirts, cups, hats, Tony voter swag.
Wicked table: Signed posters, photos, Playbills, Xmas cards, "Wicked Good Cook" aprons.
Xanadu table: Signed posters, theatre books, artwork from the cast, handmade jewelry, homemade baked goods, T-shirts.
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.
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