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.

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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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