Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS presents the 15th and grand finale edition of The Broadway Bears, the annual Broadway auction of teddy bears dressed in museum-quality outfits based on original costumes and created by well-known designers.
Check out pictures of the bears below!
These teddy bears first appeared in 1998 and have since raised more than $1,850,000 for medical clinics, healthy meal programs and hundreds of other social service organizations supported by Broadway Cares.
This year's bears represent characters from such popular shows as Evita, Follies, Grey Gardens, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Li'l Abner, Porgy and Bess, Sister Act, Sunset Boulevard and War Horse.
The closing night cast of characters will represent Carol Channing, Joel Grey, Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel, Vanessa Redgrave, Chita Rivera and many more. Each bear is autographed by some of the biggest stars on Broadway.
The North American Bear Co., Inc. once again donated dozens of bear skins that have been stuffed, sculpted, painted, dressed, stitched and posed. Each costume has been researched by some of the theatre community's costume designers as well as top designers from the doll and teddy bear world.
Once again, Broadway favorite Bryan Batt and auctioneer Lorna Kelly will be on hand to host and lead the evening's festivities. These longtime friends of Broadway Cares will welcome a slew of celebrity presenters, introducing bears based on shows in which they performed.
The finale auction takes place Sunday, March 18 at 8 pm at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill at 237 West 42nd Street, NYC. Pre-bidding takes place now through March 17 at http://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/Browse.action?auctionId=151664867.
Promises, Promises Bear Signed by Ellen Degeneres
Jersey Boys Bear
Grease Bear Signed by Adrienne Barbeau
The Producers Bear
Phantom of the Opera Bear
Pee Wee Herman Show Bear
Little Mermaid Bear Signed by Norm Lewis
Lion King Bear Signed by Julie Taymor
Drowsy Chaperone Bear Signed by Danny Burstein
Sunset Boulevard Bear
Shrek Bear Signed by Sutton Foster
Nine Bear Signed by Tommy Tune
Newsies Bear Signed by Alan Menken
Mamma Mia Bear Signed by Judy McLane
Lorelei Bear Signed by Carol Channing
Lil Abner Bear
Jerusalem Bear Signed by Mark Rylance
Hugh Jackman Bear
George M Bear Signed by Joel Grey
Fiddler on the Roof Bear
Exit the King Bear Signed by Susan Sarandon
Dusk Rings a Bell Bear Signed by Kate Walsh
Driving Miss Daisy Bear Signed by Vanessa Redgrave
Crucifier of Blood Bear
Beauty and the Beast Bear Signed by Alan Menken
Anything Goes Bear
Cats Bear Signed by Betty Buckley
Bonnie and Clyde Bear Signed by Laura Osnes
Big River Bear
A Chorus Line Bear Signed by Priscilla Lopez