The outdoor event raises money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and features a host of theatrical memorabilia donated by the theatrical community. The day-long benefit also boasts a Celebrity Table, where theatre fans can purchase autographs by or photos with their favorite stars from Broadway, Off-Broadway and television serials. The traditionally well-attended event also includes a Grand Auction, where "singular items and opportunities such as walk-on roles in Broadway shows, television programs and films" are auctioned to the highest bidder.
Celebrities scheduled to appear at the 2010 Celebrity Autograph Table and Photo Booth in exchange for donations to BC/EFA include: Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow), Bryan Batt (TV's "Mad Men"), Susan Blackwell ([title of show]), Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show]), Mario Cantone ("Sex and the City"), Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America), Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Jason Danieley (Next to Normal), Ana Gasteyer (Wicked & "Saturday Night Live"), Malcolm Gets (The Story of My Life), Mandy Gonzalez (Wicked, In the Heights), Montego Glover (Memphis), Julie Halston (The Divine Sister), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Jessica Hecht (A View From the Bridge), Matthew Hydzik (West Side Story), Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu, Finian's Rainbow), Gregory Jbara (Billy Elliot), Andy Karl (Wicked), Chad Kimball (Memphis), Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet), Dan Lauria (Lombardi), Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music), Judith Light (Lombardi), Robert Britton Lyons (Million Dollar Quartet), David Andrew MacDonald ("Guiding Light"), Marin Mazzie (Next to Normal), Debra Monk (Curtains), Julia Murney (Wicked), Kelli O'Hara (South Pacific), Patrick Page (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Karine Plantadit (Come Fly Away), Anthony Rapp (Rent), Vanessa Ray (Hair & "As the World Turns"), Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Chita Rivera (Nine, Kiss of the Spider Woman), Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet), John Tartaglia (Shrek The Musical & Avenue Q) and Colleen Zenk ("As the World Turns"). More participants will be announced closer to the event. All appearances are subject to change.
The following lots are included in the auction and will be up for bidding: a walk-on role in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, In the Heights, Rock of Ages and Wicked; one of the prosthetic headpieces worn by Brian d'Arcy James in Shrek The Musical, signed by the entire original Broadway cast; "Good Morning Baltimore" musical phrase from Hairspray, handwritten and signed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman; the last pair of tickets to the sold out New York Times "TimesTalks" featuring Frank Rich and Stephen Sondheim on Nov. 22, with the chance to meet Rich and Sondheim afterward; the chance to conduct the orchestra of The Phantom of the Opera during the exit music at one performance; dinner with Anthony Rapp; "When You're an Addams" musical phrase from The Addams Family, handwritten and signed by Andrew Lippa; "Walk Like A Man" musical phrase from Jersey Boys, handwritten and signed by Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli; "For Good" musical phrase from Wicked, handwritten and signed by Stephen Schwartz; the opportunity to have Jonathan Freeman, who voiced the villainous "Jafar" in the "Aladdin" film, to record your phone message; Daniel Craig's tank top that he wore during a performance of A Steady Rain, autographed by Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman; a poster from Susan Sarandon's Exit the King dressing room that was signed by over 50 celebrities who visited her backstage during the show's run; a 2010 Tony Awards poster signed by all of the presenters and nominees; and autographed items from celebs such as Antonio Banderas, Corbin Bleu, Carol Channing, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Raul Esparza, Green Day, Marvin Hamlisch, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Daniel Radcliffe, Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave, Stephen Sondheim, John Stamos, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Eaton Travis, Vanessa Williams and many more.
Specific items for sale at the Flea Market and other packages to be auctioned will be announced and updated at www.BroadwayCares.org. Check back regularly for the most up-to-date additions.
* The 2009 Flea Market — held Sept. 27 in the Roseland Ballroom — raised $403,929 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BC/EFA auctioneer Lorna Kelly and actor Bryan Batt ("Mad Men") presided over the Grand Auction, which raised $175,000; while Michael Goddard and Felicia Finley (Catch Me If You Can) hosted the silent auction, which raised $36,590; the autograph table and photo booths raised $14,770; and other various tables collectively raised $192,429.
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 $170 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.