Shubert Alley Hosts 20th Annual Flea Market Sept. 24

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The 20th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction — to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS — will be held Sept. 24 in Shubert Alley. The day-long fundraiser begins at 10 AM and continues through 7 PM.
You never know what you'll find at the Flea Market.  This was a table at last year's Flea Market
You never know what you'll find at the Flea Market. This was a table at last year's Flea Market Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The nine-hour event feature both a Silent Auction and a Grand Auction filled with an overflow of items to delight Broadway fans. The Flea Market 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 (there is a $20 charge each time one walks through the Celebrity Table line). Those scheduled to take part in the Celebrity Table include the following talents:

11-11:50 AM: Michael Berresse, Kevin Cahoon, Paige Davis, John Driscoll, Felicia Finley, Nicole Forester, David Fumero, John Gallagher, Melissa Gallo, Jonathan Groff, Christopher J. Hanke, Jill Haworth, Lea Michele, Bebe Neuwirth, Desmond Richardson and Michelle Ray Smith

Noon-12:50 PM: Danny Burstein, Alexandra Chando, Robert Cuccioli, Eden Espinosa, Edie Falco, Jenn Gambatese, Richard Griffiths, Terri Ivens, Carol Kane, LaChanze, Beth Leavel, Bob Martin, Daniel Reichard, Zach Roerig, Josh Strickland and John Lloyd Young

1-1:50 PM: Jeff Branson, Kathy Brier, Tevin Campbell, Diana DeGarmo, Marj Dusay, Georgia Engel, Melissa Errico, Barrett Foa, David Garrison, Christian Hoff, Richard Kind, Norm Lewis, Nathaniel Marston and Marian Seldes

2-2:50 PM: Mario Cantone, Jason Danieley, Melissa Claire Egan, Connie Fletcher, Stephanie Gatschet, Dana Ivey, Marin Mazzie, Andrea McArdle, Matthew Morrison, Robert Newman, Tom Pelphrey, Chrishell Stause, Robin Strasser and Patrick Wilson 3-3:50 PM: Michael Arden, Victoria Clark, Terri Colombino, Trent Dawson, Milena Govich, Harvey Fierstein, Van Hansis, Ilene Kristen, Jennifer Landon, Paul Leyden, Jesse L. Martin, Julia Murney, Phyllis Newman, Anthony Rapp, John Tartaglia and Jacob Young.

The Silent Auction, which begins at 10 minutes past the hour, will conclude at the end of each hour, and winners' names will be posted throughout the day at the pick-up table. The Silent Auction will commence at 10:10 AM: Among the items included in this year's auction are a Sweeney Todd poster signed by the entire revival cast; a Beauty and the Beast musical phrase handwritten and signed by composer Alan Menken; an autographed print of Hermione Gingold; a Three Days of Rain poster signed by the original Broadway cast; a "George Bush Is Only for Now" musical phrase signed by Avenue Q's Bobby Lopez and Jeff Marx; a Carol Channing as Dolly Levi Hirschfeld apron autographed by Hello, Dolly! composer Jerry Herman; and a Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life poster signed by the entire company.

The Grand Auction will begin at 5 PM in Shubert Alley, although bids may also be made on the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS website. This year's Grand Auction items include "A Night in Rent . . . for You and 12 Friends" (an on-stage appearance in Rent, a Rent cast jacket, 12 VIP house seats to the show); "Meet Actor and Author Anthony Rapp" (an autographed copy of Rapp's "Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical Rent; dinner with the actor at a neighborhood restaurant); "F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!!" (two tickets to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee plus dinner following the performance with Bee co-star Barrett Foa); "Conduct the Music of the Night" (stand at the Phantom conductor's podium and conduct the exit music, sit with the orchestra for the entire show plus two house seats to the long-running musical); "Fame Becomes You" (an onstage appearance during the Jiminy Glick segment of Fame Becomes Me, a pair of tickets to the show and a backstage visit with Martin Short); and "Meet the Wedding Singer's Fiancee and an American Idol" (two tickets to The Wedding Singer, backstage tour with Felicia Finley, a meeting with Constantine Maroulis).

Last year's Flea Market, held Sept. 25, 2005, raised $544,037 for BC/EFA. The booth that raised the most money during the 19th Annual Auction was hosted by the United Scenic Artists ($23,865). The show booth that raised the most money was Wicked, which brought in $7,854 for the charitable organization.

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 $100 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 or call (212) 840-0770.

The live auction at the 2005 Flea Market.
The live auction at the 2005 Flea Market. Photo by Aubrey Reuben
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