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Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!

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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.

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Promises, Promises Bear Signed by Ellen Degeneres

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Kiss of the Spider Woman Bear Signed by Chita Rivera and John Kander

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Jersey Boys Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Gypsy Bear Signed by Faith Dane, Stephen Sondheim

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Grease Bear Signed by Adrienne Barbeau

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Follies Bear Signed by Danny Burstein, Jan Maxwell, Bernadette Peters, Ron Raines, and Stephen Sondheim

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Wicked Bear Signed by Gregory Maguire and Stephen Schwartz

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
The Producers Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Phantom of the Opera Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Pee Wee Herman Show Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Little Mermaid Bear Signed by Norm Lewis

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Lion King Bear Signed by Julie Taymor

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Drowsy Chaperone Bear Signed by Danny Burstein

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
The Book of Mormon Bears Signed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
The Addams Family Bear Signed by Kevin Chamberlin

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Sunset Boulevard Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Sister Act Bear Signed by Alan Menken and Patina Miller

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Shrek Bear Signed by Sutton Foster

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Priscilla Queen of the Desert Bear Signed by Nick Adams, Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson and Bette Midler

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Porgy and Bess Bear Signed by Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Nine Bear Signed by Tommy Tune

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Newsies Bear Signed by Alan Menken

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Mamma Mia Bear Signed by Judy McLane

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Lorelei Bear Signed by Carol Channing

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Lombardi Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Lil Abner Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Jerusalem Bear Signed by Mark Rylance

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Hugh Jackman Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
How to Succeed Bear Signed by Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
George M Bear Signed by Joel Grey

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Fiddler on the Roof Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Exit the King Bear Signed by Susan Sarandon

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Dusk Rings a Bell Bear Signed by Kate Walsh

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Driving Miss Daisy Bear Signed by Vanessa Redgrave

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Crucifier of Blood Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Billy Elliot Bear Signed by Gregory Jbara and Sir Elton John

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Bette Midler Clams on the Half Shell Revue Bear Signed by Bette Midler

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Beauty and the Beast Bear Signed by Alan Menken

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Anything Goes Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Evita Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Cats Bear Signed by Betty Buckley

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Bonnie and Clyde Bear Signed by Laura Osnes

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
Big River Bear

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!
A Little Night Music Bear Signed by Bernadette Peters, Stephen Sondheim

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A Chorus Line Bear Signed by Priscilla Lopez

Photo Flash: Broadway Bears 2012 Preview!

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