Broadway’s most sensational stars, passionate fans, avid collectors and animated bidders celebrated the biggest day for Broadway fans on Sunday, September 30, 2018, as the 32nd Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised $906,825 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Nearly every inch of the NYC Theater District’s West 44th and West 45th Streets and Shubert Alley was filled with rare, eclectic and sought-after memorabilia, Broadway stars eager to take photos and sign autographs, and opportunities to bid on one-of-a-kind experiences. The day-long celebration featured 58 tables, 80 of Broadway’s brightest stars and 210 live and silent auction items.
This year’s grand total - the second highest in the event’s history - will help to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals, emergency assistance and social service support to those most in need in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. The 32 editions of the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction have collectively raised $14.5 million.
Fascinating table finds included a chair from the office of prolific Broadway producer David Merrick, autographed and doodled-on sheets from Mean Girls’ iconic Burn Book, oversized Hello, Dolly! “Sold Out” signs that once hung in Shubert Alley prior to performances, and scarves, jewelry and accessories from the closet of the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Tyne Daly.
The most popular live auction lot of the day was a musical phrase from the Tony Award-winning score of Dear Evan Hansen, signed by Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, as well as the Tony-winning original Evan Hansen, Ben Platt. The lot raised a staggering $13,000.
Fans were delighted by surprise star appearances throughout the live auction. Aladdin’s Telly Leung flew in on a magic carpet ride to offer a backstage tour and VIP tickets to the show, which sold for $2,000. Cast members from Chicago offered a jazzy walk-on role, which sold for $6,000. Christy Altomare took auction attendees on a “Journey to the Past” when she offered VIP seats and a meet-and-greet at Anastasia, which sold for $2,400. Come From Away’s Chad Kimball offered a chance to see the show, kiss the cod and meet Jenn Colella and himself backstage, which also raised $2,400. Michael Luwoye arrived to present revolutionary VIP tickets and a meet-and-greet with himself as Hamilton and co-star Daniel Breaker as Burr at Hamilton, which sold for $3,750. Seth Rudetsky called in to hilariously present, on speakerphone, the opportunity to guest star on his SiriusXM show, which sold for $2,200.
The Broadway favorites who appeared at the table included Zach Adkins, Jelani Alladin, Christy Altomare, Eric Anderson, Brooks Ashmanskas, Major Attaway, Dylan Baker, Erich Bergen, Phoenix Best, Alexandra Billings, John Bolton, Alex Boniello, Anthony Boyle, Dave Thomas Brown, Danny Burstein, John Cariani, Kevin Chamberlin, John Ellison Conlee, Amanda Jane Cooper, Ben Crawford, Ariana DeBose, Micaela Diamond, Ali Ewoldt, Drew Gehling, Bradley Gibson, Gideon Glick, Tamyra Gray, Jason Butler Harner, Erika Henningsen, Grey Henson, Greg Hildreth, Arielle Jacobs, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Adam Kantor, Isabel Keating, Caitlin Kinnunen, Jeremy Kushnier, Sky Lakota-Lynch, Beth Leavel, Telly Leung, Storm Lever, Caissie Levy, Eric Lochtefeld, Taylor Louderman, Katie Lowes, Alex Mandell, Cheech Manohar, Poppy Miller, Eric William Morris, Abby Mueller, Patti Murin, Alex Newell, John O’Hurley, Laura Osnes, Ashley Park, Jamie Parker, Christiani Pitts, Isaac Powell, Jelani Remy, John Riddle, Chita Rivera, Nicolette Robinson, Will Roland, George Salazar, Ben Schnetzer, Angie L. Schworer, Kyle Selig, Adam Shapiro, Christopher Sieber, Jennifer Simard, Ethan Slater, L. Steven Taylor, Paul Thornley, Alysha Umphress, Max von Essen, Jessica Vosk, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Teal Wicks, Tony Yazbeck and Rick Younger.
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 $300 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 Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.
For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, at facebook.com/BCEFA, at instagram.com/BCEFA, at twitter.com/BCEFA and at youtube.com/BCEFA.