Broadway Cares/Equity Fights will hold their annual "Broadway Bears" charity event on Feb 11 at 8 PM at the Hudson Theatre (145 W. 44th St. In Manhattan). As usual, the auction will feature dozens of stuffed bears, each decked out in the fashion of a particular theatre production or personality, and signed by the artist the bear resembles. In the weeks leading up to the auction, Playbill On-Line will feature a different Broadway Bear each day. The bears are also being previewed on-line at www.BroadwayCares.org. For reservations call (212) 840-0770, ext. 268. For information on the auction, call (212) 840 0770, ext. 268.
Amneris from Aida
Original Costume Designer: Bob Crowley
Bear Costume Designer: Polly Isham-Kinney with the assistance of: Rodney Gordon (hat), Judith Marsh (shoes), Samantha Miller (fabric painting)
Signed by Sherie René Scott, Heather Headley and Adam Pascal
As you're floating down the Nile in your dahabedyah, think of Amneris, Princess of Egypt, who made it eminently clear that for her, "Dress has always been my strongest suit." With a passion for fashion and a wardrobe as big as the Great Pyramid, "Ambearis" wears a form-fitting, hand painted, terra-cotta linen gauze gown and cape (with a bead and gold-chained closure). The fabric for both pieces has been cut from that used in the original Broadway production and, like the original, has been stitched in delicate horizontal tiers, creating an effect far more beautiful than (but not unlike…) any mummy's wrap. She also wears an elegant matching gold-accented hat and matching woven shoes. Or as Amneris herself says, "From coronet to sandal, no one else is worth a candle."