Broadway Flea Market, a Starry Street Fair for a Good Cause, Presented Sept. 25
By Andrew Gans
The 25th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, the annual benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will attract theatre lovers Sept. 25 from 10 AM-7 PM. The event, which is free and open to the public, is being held on West 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, and, for the first time, now extends into Times Square, between 43rd and 44th Streets.
The day-long event features over 60 tables filled with theatrical memorabilia, a live Grand Auction, special "flash auctions" that offer instant experiences with Broadway stars and the always-popular Autograph Table and Photo Booth.
In a statement Tom Viola, BC/EFA’s executive director, said, "Come sunshine or drizzle the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will go on. Only heavy rains in the morning would knock us out. Please check the website, Facebook and Twitter for an update on Sunday morning and throughout the day if clouds are gray. In the meantime, all prayers, entreaties and cosmic bribes are appreciated. I have great faith in the kindness of Mother Nature!"
"From posing for photos with your favorite Broadway and television stars, to buying that lost cast recording, autographed show posters and Playbills, rare costume sketches or special gift you can't find anywhere else – the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction promises something for everyone," according to press notes.
Flash auctions include:
Spamalot karaoke with Tony Award-nominated Spamalot star Christopher Sieber
Some of the dozens of items in the live auction include:
Tickets to the by-invitation-only opening night of Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway
Prior to the live auction, beginning at 10 AM, a new collection of silent auction lots will be up for bid every 30 minutes. Among the one-of-kind theatre memorabilia available are:
Autographed props and wardrobe pieces from American Idiot, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Driving Miss Daisy, Next to Normal, The Normal Heart, Shrek, A Steady Rain and more
Among the celebrities who are scheduled to take part in the Autograph Table and Photo Booth are Josh Gad, Nikki M. James, Andrew Rannells and Rory O’Malley from The Book of Mormon; Colin Donnell, Sutton Foster, Adam Godley and Joel Grey from Anything Goes; Victoria Clark and Patina Miller from Sister Act; Danny Burstein, Jayne Houdyshell, Jan Maxwell, Rob Raines and Terri White from Follies; Nick Adams and Tony Sheldon from Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Jackie Hoffman, Brad Oscar and Roger Rees from The Addams Family, Christopher J. Hanke and Rose Hemingway from How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying as well as other stars like Bryan Batt, Charles Busch, Bobby Cannavale, Jason Danieley, Brian d'Arcy James, Joyce DeWitt, Michael Emerson, Ana Gasteyer, Montego Glover, Jonathan Groff, Megan Hilty, Beth Leavel, Telly Leung, Marin Mazzie, Laura Osnes, Patrick Page, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, Alice Ripley and many more.
For a complete list of celebrities and their appearance times, go to www.broadwaycares.org. A map of the Flea Market tables, complete lists of all silent and live auction lots, and the autograph table and photo booth schedule is available for smartphone users at www.broadwaycares.org/flea.
Last year, the 24th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised $476,917, bringing the event's 24-year total to $8,638,669.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
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