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Bryan Batt Hosts Broadway Bears IX, February 12

Adorable ursine stars will come out for Broadway Bears IX on February 12th, 2006 at B. B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street).

Hosted by Bryan Batt (La Cage aux Folles, Beauty and the Beast), the evening will continue in the Broadway Bears tradition of auctioning off stuffed bears dressed as Broadway characters, with all proceeds to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  The event will begin with a private reception at 6 PM, general admission and display of the bears will follow at 7 PM.  At 8 PM, the auction, led by Lorna Kelly, will kick off.  In addition to bids at the actual auction, pre-bids, phone bids and internet bids will be allowed.

The eighth Broadway Bears auction last year raised $116,817 for BC/EFA, with the Glinda bear raising the highest bid (the pink Wicked bear went for $6,000).  There were also bears dressed as characters from A Raisin in the Sun, A Year with Frog and Toad, Anna in the Tropics, Anything Goes, Avenue Q, Beauty and the Beast, Bombay Dreams, The Boy From Oz, Brooklyn, Camelot, Candide, Cats, Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance, The Frogs, Golda's Balcony, Gypsy, Hay Fever, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, High Button Shoes, High Spirits, I Am My Own Wife, Jelly's Last Jam, La Boheme, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Mary of Scotland, Master Class, Movin' Out, No No Nanette, Pacific Overtures, The Phantom of the Opera, Pirates of Penzance, Purlie, Rent, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Vivat! Vivat Regina!, Wicked, Wonderful Town and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

BC/EFA is the nation's leading industry-based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant making organization. BC/EFA is the on-going, committed response from the American Theatre community to an urgent worldwide health crisis. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $100 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.

To make reservations for the auction or to learn more about it, call BC/EFA, (212) 840-0770, ext. 245.  For more information, visit

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