What with the Broadway On Broadway concert two Sundays ago and a number of Broadway shows opening in October, the fall theatre season has hit full swing in New York. Perhaps the most beloved and celebrated seasonal event is the annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) Flea Market & Grand Auction.
The 12th annual event will be held Sunday, Sept. 27, according to a spokesperson at BC/EFA. The Sunday date is a departure for the yearly event, usually held in Times Square's Shubert Alley on a Saturday. The availability of city permits was greater for Sunday, explained BC/EFA.
Other than the change in day, however, many other Flea facts remain the same. As always, a Grand Auction will be held. There will be the usual "celebrity table" full of Broadway, Off-Broadway, sitcom and soap opera stars with their John Hancocks at the ready. The event will last 10 AM to 7:30 PM. All proceeds from the Flea Market and auction will go to BC/EFA; last year's event raised $484,000.
Here, according to the BC/EFA website, is the celebrity line-up for the Flea Market:
11 AM-NOON Judy Kaye, Ragtime, On the 20th Century, The Phantom of the Opera
Peter Friedman, Ragtime, The Heidi Chronicles, The Tenth Man
Mark Jacoby, Ragtime, Showboat, Sweet Charity, The Phantom of The Opera
Marin Mazzie, Ragtime, Passion, The World Goes 'Round, Into the Woods
Christiane Noll, Jekyll & Hyde, Grease, Miss Saigon, City of Angels
Patti Cohenour, The Sound of Music, The Phantom of the Opera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Big River
Jere Shea, You Never Can Tell, Passion, Guys & Dolls, As You Like It
Roger Rees, An Uneasy Chair, The Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Indiscretions
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cabaret, Sunshine
John Benjamin Hickey, Cabaret, Love! Valour! Compassion!
Dick Latessa, Proposals, Will Rogers Follies, Rumors, Broadway Bound, Damn Yankees
Jill Larson, TV's "All My Children"
Meshach Taylor, Beauty & The Beast
Cameron Mathieson (TV's "All My Children")
Liz Callaway, Cats, Baby, Marry Me a Little, Merrily We Roll Along
Marcia Lewis, Chicago, Grease!, Fiddler on the Roof, Orpheus Descending, Annie, Rags, Roza
Kim Hunter, A Streetcar Named Desire, Darkness at Noon, The Children's Hour
Sandra Joseph, The Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Line
Hal Linden, Visiting Mr. Green, The Rothschilds
Martin Moran, Titanic, Oliver!, BIg River, How to Succeed...
William Christian, TV's "All My Children"
Michael E. Knight, TV's "All My Children"
Anna Manahan, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, The Rose Tattoo, Moon for the Misbegotten, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Tom Murphy, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Borstal Boy, Juno & the Paycock
Mitchell Anderson, Visiting Mr. Green, Gross Indecency, It's A Wonderful Life, Love! Valour! Compassion!
Ron Rifkin, Cabaret, The Substance of Fire
Audra McDonald, Ragtime, Master Class, Show Boat
Rita Gardner, The Fantasticks
Bob Cuccioli, Jekyll & Hyde, The World Goes 'Round
Ednita Nazario, The Capeman.
DeLee Lively, Smokey Joe's Cafe, A Chorus LIne, Grand Hotel
Larry Keith, Titanic, My Fair Lady, I Had A Ball, High Spirits
Cherry Jones, The Heiress, The NIght of the Iguana, Pride's Crossing
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman
Lynne Thigpen, An American Daughter
Stephen Schnetzer, TV's "Another World"
Timothy Gibbs, TV's "Another World"
Lauren Martin-Harkins, TV's "As The World Turns"
Douglas Sills, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Secret Garden, Into the Woods
Timothy D. Stickney, TV's "One Life to Live"
Erin Torpey, TV's "One Life to Live"
Ron Raines, Olympus On My Mind, Teddy & Alice
Glenn Close, Sunset Boulevard, Benfactors, The Real Thing, Barnum
Barnard Hughes, Da, The Iceman Cometh. Teahouse of the August Moon
John Littlefield, TV's "Another World"
Kelly Bishop, A Chorus Line, Six Degrees of Separation, Proposals
Catherine Hickland, TV's "One Life to Live"
Don Jeffcoat, TV's "One Life to Live"
Nathan Purdee. TV's "One Life to Live"
Martha Byrne, TV's "As the World Turns"
Liliane Montevecchi, Grand Hotel, Nine, On the Boulevard
Bebe Neuwirth, Chicago, Damn Yankees, Upstairs at O'Neals
Judy Kuhn, Les Miserables, Chess, Timon of Athens, Rags
George Takei, TV's "Star Trek"
Philip Bosco, Twelfth Night, The Heiress, An Inspector Calls, Moon Over Buffalo
Geoffrey Holder, director/choreographer
Jason Shane Scott, TV's "One Life to Live"
Debra Monk, Steel Pier, Ah, Wilderness!, Company, Redwood Curtain
Kevin O'Rourke, Spoils of War, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Alone Together
Ruth Warrick, TV's All My Children
Betty Comden, co-author of Bells Are Ringing, On The Town
Adolph Green, co-author of The Will Rogers' Follies, Peter Pan
Phyllis Newman, Subways Are For Sleeping, Follies, The Madwoman of Central Park
Kale Browne, TV's "One Life to Live"
Donna Murphy, Passion, The King & I, Hello Again, Song of Singapore
Jeff Philips. TV's "Another World"
Lucie Arnaz, They're Playing Our Song, Social Security, Grace & Glorie
Laurence Luckinbill, Boys in the Band, Social Security, Shadow Box, Chapter Two
Alan Thicke, Chicago
All Day - 11 AM-4 PM
Thom Christopher, TV's "One Life to Live"
Lots to be auctioned off at the Flea Market include:
An autographed replica of the white painting from Art
Serve as guest announcer on the Rosie O'Donnell TV show
Kid's Day at the Lion King, wherein a youngster gets to follow Young Simba & Young Nala through the process of getting ready for the day's performance.
A trip to Paris, including a one-night stay in a Reims mansion and dinner at a fine restaurant
A package of gift certificates to NYC cabaret venues, plus 40 CDs by noted cabaret artists
Opening Night tickets and party passes to Footloose, Swan Lake, On The Town and Peter Pan.
A free conducting lesson and a chance to conduct the curtain call for Broadway's Phantom of the Opera.
Walk-on roles in TV's "Friends" and "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," including airfare and hotel.
A walk-on in the group therapy scene of Broadway's Rent, including 4 tickets for friends and family, autographed CD and participation in the show's curtain call
A walk-on in several scenes of Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde
A signed and framed musical phrase from Stephen Sondheim's Assassins.
Vintage (1920s) Playbills, including one signed by Ruby Keeler.
Autographed Playbill from Jerry Seinfeld's recent solo
Autographed program from Elizabeth Taylor's 1997 Birthday Celebration.
For more information on the Flea Market and other BC/EFA events - please visit their website at www.bcefa.org or call (212) 840-0770.
Coming up for BC/EFA:
Sept. 27 & Oct. 5: 5th Annual Gospel Celebration at Symphony Space
Nov. 30-Dec.1: 10th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition
Feb. 14, 1999: 2nd Annual Broadway Bears Auction
-- By David Lefkowitz