By: Ellis Nassour
September 19, 2020: Unique Flea Market finds, one-on-one video meet-and-greets with stars, stars, stars, and prized items and one-of-a-kind experiences will be available to Broadway fans everywhere when the annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, goes live online for the first time Sunday, September 20, 2020 The event is produced by and benefits the multitude of programs of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS not only in New York but across the nation.
The incredible array of available items for purchase can be found at broadwaycares.org/flea.
There won’t be an ocean of show tables lining the streets around Shubert Alley. This year, due to circumstances forced by the Covid 19 pandemic, “Flea Market finds” will be available online. You can shop the world of Broadway theater from anywhere with your smart phone and computer.
Every dollar donated during the virtual event will aid those across the country affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other critical illnesses receive healthy meals, lifesaving medication, emergency financial assistance, housing, counseling and more. Donations also support organizations focused on social justice and anti-racis
There’ll be souvenir bundles from the newest shows and many from the storied past. Participating shows include Beetlejuice, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Hadestown, Hamilton, Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge!, Six, and Wicked. Special packages of opening night gifts from Freestyle Love Supreme, Fun Home, and Mary Poppins will be available.
There’ll be more stars than any Broadway stage could possibly hold with Private Chats, live video meet-and-greets offering the virtual equivalent of one of the annual Flea’s most popular items: the Photo Booth. These video chats, similar to FaceTime calls and handled through the Looped app, will take place between Noon and 5 pm Eastern. Purchase as many chat slots as you’d like at broadwaycares.org/flea.
Those scheduled to participate are include: Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice), Lilli Cooper (Tootsie), DeMarius Copes (Mean Girls), Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!), Colin Donnell (Anything Goes, TV’s Arrow), Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen), Karla Puno Garcia (Hamilton), Celia Rose Gooding (Jagged Little Pill), Adrianna Hicks (Six), Taylor Louderman (Mean Girls), Lesli Margherita (Matilda), Isabelle McCalla (The Prom), Ryan McCartan (Frozen, TV’s Liv and Maddie), Rob McClure (Mrs. Doubtfire), Abby Mueller (Six), Patti Murin (Frozen), Eva Noblezada (Hadestown), Samantha Pauly (Six), Andrew Rannells (Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band [Broadway cast] and The Prom – telecasting soon on Netflix), Jelani Remy (Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations), Krysta Rodriguez (from last summer’s Public Works’
Hercules in Central Park), Kyle Selig (Mean Girls), Jenna Ushkowitz (Waitress, TV’s Glee), Marisha Wallace (The West End’s Waitress), Adrienne Warren (Tina), and Patrick Wilson (2002 Oklahoma! revival, TV’s Fargo).
Not enough to entice a bid to support the work of BC/EFA? How about such collector items as opening night and party tickets to American Buffalo, The Minutes, MJ The Musical, The Music Ma,n and Plaza Suite; and, this rarity: the first page of the “New York State of Mind” score from Barbra Streisand‘s acclaimed 2014 album Partners signed by Streisand and duet partner and songwriter Billy Joel.
Silent auction items will be up for bid until 5pm Eastern Sunday. Among the 85 lots of theatrical treasures are signed musical phrases from Hadestown, Once on This Island, Rocky, and Waitress. In addition, there’ll be items from Kristin Chenoweth, Charlie Cox, Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield, Cynthia Erivo, Harvey Fierstein, Andrew Garfield, Tom Hiddleston, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, and, among so many others Lin-Manuel Miranda and Stephen Sondheim.
Early bidding is underway on silent and live auction items at broadwaycares.org/flea. Live auction lots up for bidding online include 20-minute Zoom conversations with Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff, Patti LuPone, Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce together, Bernadette Peters, Ben Platt, and Aaron Tveit.
Live online bidding switches to a live Zoom-room bidding battle at 5 pm Eastern Sunday, Among participating theatrical organizations will be ATPAM (Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers), Broadway Green Alliance, Broadway Makers Alliance, Broadway Pins, and United Scenic Artists.
Last year’s Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised $870,167. Since 1987, the 33 editions of this always highly anticipated annual event have raised $15.4 million.
BC/EFA is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit fundraising organizations. It awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., providing essential services, such as lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling, and emergency assistance, for people with HIV/AIDS, and other critical illnesses.
Drawing upon the talents, resources, and the generosity of the American theater community and audiences across the nation since 1998 BC/EFA’s Red Bucket Brigade has raised more than $300 million In addition, this year BC/EFA immediately came to the aid of those struggling with COVID-19.
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.