Photo Coverage: Broadway Bears X Auction
Broadway lovers and teddy bear collectors came together on Sunday, February 11, at the "Broadway Bears X" auction, which raised a grand total of $130,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS!
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. To date The Broadway Bears have raised well over $1.35 million to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. Last year's "Broadway Bears" raised $112,000.
Top bids for bears were the $8,000 Mary Poppins bear, signed by Julie Andrews and Ashley Brown, the $6,500 The Phantom of the Opera bear, signed by Sandra Joseph and Hal Prince and the $6,000 A Chorus Line bears (17 bears in total), signed by the entire revival cast. Several Broadway stars dropped by to lend their support to the event including Jane Carr, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Felicia Finley, Andrea Martin, Christopher Sieber, Jennifer Smith and Josh Strickland, among others. Other stars participated by lending their autographs to the various bears that were auctioned off, including Mel Brooks, Kirk Douglas, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper, Patti LuPone, Donna Murphy, Rosie O'Donnell, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Martin Short.
Michael Lavine at the piano
Alice Playten with Oliver! Oliver Twist Bear
Sweeney Todd star Donna Lynne Champlin with a Mrs. Potato Head creation that she threw into the Mrs. Lovett lot
Felicia Finley and Linda Bear
Felicia Finley with Aida Radames Bear
Dana Moore with The Will Rogers Follies Will-A-Mania Bear
Stephen Bogardus with Man of La Mancha Dr. Carrasco/Knight of the Mirrors Bear
Bryan Batt buttoning the coat of Baker Street Sherlock Holmes Bear
Danielle Ferland and Into the Woods Little Red Bear
Patrick Page with How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Grinch Bear
Andrea Martin with Candide Sheep Bear