The Hugh Jackman/Boy From Oz bear
The Hugh Jackman/Boy From Oz bear
The Broadway Bears VIII will feature 40 unique stuffed animals, each dressed in handmade costumes representing some of the theater's most memorable performers and performances. These cuddly creatures will be showcased and auctioned for one night only on Sunday, February 20 at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street), beginning at 8pm.

Many of the bears will be autographed by the stars they represent, including Hugh Jackman, Eileen Atkins, Tonya Pinkins, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, Vanessa Redgrave, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Sutton Foster, Stephen Sondheim, Melba Moore, Tovah Feldshuh, Nathan Lane, Tammy Grimes, Jefferson Mays, Phylicia Rashad, Idina Menzel, Donna Murphy, Billy Joel, Sean Combs, John Barrowman, Barbara Cook, John Cameron Mitchell, Moisés Kaufman, Donna Murphy, Doris Eaton Travis, Anthony Rapp, and Zoe Caldwell.

Premium tickets for the event, priced at $150, include admission to a private reception beginning at 6pm, a VIP advance preview of all of the bears to be auctioned, reserved priority seating, and open bar. General admission seating is $35 and also includes open bar. All proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS.

Reservations can be made by calling BC/EFA at 212-840-0770, x268. Those who wish to make live telephone bids during the auction should dial the same main phone number, X228. Live internet bids can also be placed on the night of the auction through www.BroadwayCares.org.