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Bid Now for Walk-On Roles & More at BC/EFA's 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction

Bid Now for Walk-On Roles & More at BC/EFA's 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction

Broadway enthusiasts, rejoice - the biggest day of the year for Broadway fans is less than three weeks away. Pre-bidding opens today on dozens of auction items that will be available at the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, which is presented by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

With one-of-a-kind treasures from the Great White Way, opportunities to meet your favorite stars and chances to bid on exclusive experiences, theatre fans will not want to throw away their shot at pre-bidding now on these unique items.

The auction excitement continues Sunday, September 25, 2016, when Shubert Alley will be filled with theatre fans bidding on the items in-person at the Grand Auction's silent and live auctions. And also along West 44th and West 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, you can discover exclusive tables full of Broadway memorabilia and celebrate your love of theatre with your favorite stars. The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction (#broadwayflea) takes place from 10 am - 7 pm.

The Grand Auction offers exclusive Broadway experiences that cannot be found anywhere else, such as the chance to rub the genie's lamp at Aladdin or conduct the orchestra at The Phantom of the Opera.

Among the other lots now up for bids are:

- Priceless walk-on roles in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock - The Musical and Wicked, with more to be announced.

- VIP house seats and backstage visits to meet the stars of Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Fiddler on the Roof, The Front Page, Hamilton, The Humans, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock - The Musical, with more to be announced.

- Musical phrases handwritten and signed by Gloria Estefan; Carole King; Cyndi Lauper; Lin-Manuel Miranda; Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone; Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik; Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman and Megan Hilty; Jeanine Tesori and more.

- One-of-a-kind show memorabilia signed by Alex Brightman, Matthew Broderick, Danielle Brooks, Tituss Burgess, Danny Burstein, Michael Cerveris, Carol Channing, Gavin Creel, Daveed Diggs, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Grey, Jonathan Groff, Sean Hayes, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Bebe Neuwirth, Lupita Nyong'o, Leslie Odom Jr., Kelli O'Hara, Rory O'Malley, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Saoirse Ronan, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Phillipa Soo, Barbra Streisand and dozens more.

- Opening night tickets and party passes for Broadway's hottest shows of the new season, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Cherry Orchard, The Glass Menagerie, Hello, Dolly!, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, The Present and Significant Other, with more to be announced.

Pre-bidding on silent and live auction lots will continue through 4 pm Eastern on Friday, September 23. Then, on September 25 at the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, silent auction lots will open every half hour beginning at 10 am for in-person bidding; the live auction begins at 5 pm. Auction favorites Jen Cody and Michael Goddard will join forces once again to co-host the silent auction.

Broadway and TV veteran Bryan Batt will return as host of the live auction, joined by esteemed auctioneer and Grand Auction first-timer Nick Nicholson. Nicholson will be following in the footsteps of the inimitable Lorna Kelly, Broadway Cares' legendary longtime auctioneer who passed away this summer.

More than 40 tables full of Broadway memorabilia, collectible Playbills and one-of-a-kind gems will line West 44th and West 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Among the shows scheduled to have tables this year are Aladdin, An American in Paris, Avenue Q, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon, The Color Purple, Dear Evan Hansen, Kinky Boots, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Matilda The Musical, Paramour, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock - The Musical, Something Rotten!, Waitress and Wicked, with more to be announced.

The always popular Autograph Table and Photo Booth will welcome more than 60 actors from Broadway's best shows. The complete list of participants will be announcedThursday, September 15. The Autograph Table and Photo Booth will be hosted once again by the effervescent Jim Caruso of "Jim Caruso's Cast Party" at Birdland. It will again be based on the deck of Junior's Restaurant in Shubert Alley at West 45th Street.

Specific items for sale at the Broadway Flea Market, other packages to be offered at the Grand Auction and the stars appearing at the Autograph Table and Photo Booth will be announced on broadwaycares.org, on Facebook at facebook.com/BCEFA, on Twitter at twitter.com/BCEFA and on Instagram at instragam.com/BCEFA.

Last year, the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised $756,655, bringing the event's 29-year total to more than $11.5 million.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.



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