Photo Coverage: Broadway Bears Reception and Auction

Broadway lovers and teddy bear collectors came together on Sunday, May 21 at the "Broadway Bears IX" auction, which raised a grand total of $114,638.

The event was hosted by Bryan Batt with Lorna Kelly reprising her role as auctioneer. Forty-three specially made Broadway Bears - each dressed in original, handmade costumes representing the theater's most legendary characters - were auctioned to the highest bidder in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Top bids for bears were the $8,250 Avenue Q bear, featuring an "actor" bear with a smaller puppet bear of Rod, the Republican with a secret, signed by John Tartaglia; $5,500 The Color Purple Sophia bear signed by Felicia F. Fields and Oprah Winfrey, the $4,800 Spamalot King Arthur bear signed by Broadway's original King Arthur Tim Curry and the $4,000 Doubt Sister Aloysius bear signed by Cherry Jones. Several Broadway stars also dropped by to lend their support to the event including John Lloyd Young, Elizabeth Parkinson, and Kerry Butler among others. Other stars participating by lending their autographs to the various bears that were auctioned off included Julie Andrews, Matthew Broderick, Billy Crystal, Sandy Duncan, Elton John, Angela Lansbury, Rosie O'Donnell, Chita Rivera, and Barbra Streisand.

For more information, visit www.BroadwayCares.org.


The Light in the Piazza Margaret Johnson bear


Shirley MacLaine on Broadway Bear


John Lloyd Young with Jersey Boys Frankie Valli Bear


The Odd Couple Oscar Madison Bear


The Rocky Horror Show Magenta Bear


Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life Bear


Doubt Sister Aloysius Bear


42nd Street Dorothy Brock Bear


Carrie Carrie White Bear


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee William Barfee Bear


Sam Hill (Little Shop of Horrors) with Audrey II Bear


Fiddler on the Roof Bottle Dancer Bear


Spamalot King Arthur Bear


Robert Fowler (The Producers) and Brionna McMahon with The Producers Showgirl Bear


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Miles Gloriosus bear


Krisha Marcano with The Color Purple Squeak Bear


The Phantom of the Opera Christine Daae Bear


Savannah Wise, Elizabeth Parkinson, James Wise and Bryan Batt


John Tartaglia with Avenue Q Rod Bear


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Freddy Benson Bear


Funny Girl Fanny Brice Bear


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Caractacus Potts Bear


Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine Bear


Harvey Evans and Beth Fowler


Will Taylor, Marty Thomas and Greg Casciato


Harvey Evans and Sondra Lee


Marty Thomas (Colin in The Secret Garden) with Lily Bear


Sondra Lee (Original Tiger Lily) with Peter Pan Michael Darling Bear


Todd Buonopane and Marty Thomas


Marty Thomas, Todd Buonopane and Rhett George


"Broadway Bears" Host Bryan Batt


Auctioneer Lorna Kelly


Bryan Batt and Richard Jay-Alexander with Amadeus Salieri Bear


Bryan Batt and Elizabeth Parkinson with Movin' Out Brenda Bear


Bryan Batt with Julius Caesar Marcus Brutus Bear


Bryan Batt and Richard Jay-Alexander with Funny Girl Fanny Brice Bear


Kerry Butler with Little Shop of Horrors Audrey II Bear


Marty Thomas with The Secret Garden Lily Bear


Bryan Batt with Tea and Sympathy Laura Reynolds Bear


My Fair Lady Henry Higgins Bear


Daphne Rubin-Vega with Rocky Horror Show Magenta Bear


Felicia Finley with Aida Amneris Bear


Carnival Bear


Bryan Batt and Kerry Butler with Hairspray Edna Turnblad Bear


Beth Fowler with Over Here! Paulette DePaul Bear


Kurt Peterson with Dear World Countess Aurelia Bear


Bryan Batt and Jennifer Smith with Gorgeous Teitlebaum The Sisters Rosensweig Bear


John Tartaglia with Avenue Q Rod Bear


Todd Buonopane with Spelling Bee William Barfee Bear


Bryan Batt and Cynthia Onrubia with Cats Mr. Mistoffeles Bear


Bryan Batt and Rhett George with Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine Bear


Bryan Batt and Dance of the Vampires Dancing Gargoyle Bear


Rent Joanne Jefferson Bear


Bryan Batt, Patti Cohenour and The Phantom of the Opera Christine Daae Bear


Harvey Evans with The Boyfriend Polly Browne Bear


Bryan Batt and Patti Cohenour auction The Light in the Piazza Margaret Johnson Bear


Patti Cohenour--who outbid the audience on Margaret Bear!


Bryan Batt, Sara Gettelfinger and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Freddy Benson Bear


Larry Cook, Tom Viola, Tim Connell, and David McKeown


Nancy Opel


Patti Cohenour with Margaret Bear


Jennifer Smith


Sara Gettelfinger









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