It's time for the fur to fly this year at the ninth annual Broadway Bears auction, in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Sure to out-do last year's collection, 40 one-of-a-kind Broadway Bears - each dressed in original, handmade costumes representing some of the theater's most legendary performers and/or performances - are put up for auction. Once again this year's event is hosted by Bryan Batt, with Lorna Kelly serving as auctioneer.
This year's cast of forty bears features autographed bears representing such shows as 700 Sundays, Aida, Amadeus, Avenue Q, The Boy From Oz, The Boyfriend, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Carnival, Carrie, Cats, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dance Of The Vampires, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Doubt, Fiddler On The Roof, Funny Girl, Gypsy, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Julius Caesar, La Cage Aux Folles, The Light In The Piazza, Little Shop Of Horrors, Movin' Out, My Fair Lady, The Odd Couple, The Phantom Of The Opera, The Producers, Rent, The Rocky Horror Show, Shirley MacLaine on Broadway, Spamalot, and Sweet Charity.
Once again, many of the Broadway Bears are autographed by the stars they represent, including: Victoria Clark, Billy Crystal, Tim Curry, Harvey Fierstein, Billy Joel, Cherry Jones, John G. Kerr, Nathan Lane, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth Parkinson, Bernadette Peters, John Tartaglia, and Denzel Washington.
Tickets for a private reception beginning at 6PM are $150 and include a VIP advance preview of all the bears to be auctioned, reserved priority seating, and open bar. General admission tickets (unreserved seating) are $35, and also include open bar. Doors open at 7PM for all general admission ticket holders, and the auction begins at 8PM.