Evita To Present “Broadway Scares” Halloween Benefit

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS holds a number of benefits throughout the year, but now they are taking the year’s scariest tradition by storm with the first-ever Broadway Scares: Night of the Singing Dead extravaganza.  The event will be presented by the cast of the hit Broadway revival Evita and will be held near Times Square at the XL Nightclub (512 W. 42nd Street) on Sunday, October 28.

Hosted by drag star Bianca del Rio, Broadway Scares will begin with a Halloween-themed concert that will feature several Evita cast members, Broadway stars, and a special appearance from the Tony Award winning star of Next To Normal, Alice Ripley.  Following the concert, audience members will be invited to take part in a costume contest, judged in part by gossip blogger and Newsical The Musical star Perez Hilton.  The fun will continue on late into the night with a ghoul-friendly dance party.

The Broadway Scares: Night of the Singing Dead benefit starts at 9pm (doors open at 8:30pm).  Tickets for this spooktacular event are a bargain at just $40 for reserved seating, or $20 for general admission.  Buy tickets by calling 212-840-0770 (ext. 268) or by visiting www.broadwaycares.org online.

BC/EFA Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction Tomorrow, September 23

The 26th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction is tomorrow, September 23, running from 10am to 7pm in Shubert Alley.  Possibly the most beloved event on the Broadway calendar, the flea market is Broadway’s version of a garage sale, in which several Broadway shows and Broadway related organizations set up tables and sell everything from used props and costumes to baked goods made by cast members.  The auction, a much pricier affair, involves the auctioning off of unique items and experiences (e.g. autographed memorabilia, the chance to have a walk-on in a Broadway musical).  All proceeds go to the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).

From 11am to 3pm, dozens of celebrities (primarily from the worlds of Broadway and television) will sit at the Autograph Table and Photo Booth, giving fans a chance to get signatures and photos with the stars in exchange for a donation to BC/EFA.  Among the long list of participants are Bernadette Peters, Ed Asner, Tyne Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Ari Graynor, Malcolm Gets, Michael Shannon, Harvey Fierstein, Anthony Rapp, Robert Cuccioli, Steve Kazee, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Will Swenson, Rob McClure, Charles Busch, Danny Burstein, Donna Murphy, Laura Osnes, Nick Adams, Judy Kaye, Mario Cantone, and Rebecca Luker.

Shubert Alley is located between West 44th and West 45th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.  For more information about the Broadway flea market, click here.

Want To Make Your Broadway Debut? Start Bidding Now!

Broadway Cares Grand Auction

The 26th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction is coming up on Sunday, September 23, but pre-bidding is already open for the many unique theater packages that will be auctioned off that afternoon.  These “big ticket” items, which include walk-ons during Broadway shows, give theater fans unusual opportunities — but at a price.  Since the Flea Market and Grand Auction is a fundraiser for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, the packages tend to go for many thousands of dollars during the auction.

The items going on the auction block include:

  •  Both walk-on roles and backstage experiences for a number of Broadway musicals, including The Book of Mormon, Newsies, Wicked, Spider-Man, Rock of Ages, Chicago, Mamma Mia!, and Once
  •  Signed shirts worn by Ricky Martin and Hugh Jackman in their Broadway shows
  •  Unique Broadway show memorabilia autographed by Daniel Radcliffe, Julia Roberts, Nick Jonas, Bradley Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, and others
  •  Lunch with Tony Award-winning legend Angela Lansbury
  •  Music phrases written and autographed by Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, and more
  •  VIP tickets and party passes to the opening nights of upcoming Broadway productions Dead Accounts (starring Katie Holmes), The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Matilda, Kinky Boots, The Anarchist, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and more
  •  Set visits to TV shows such as the theater drama Smash and Emmy-winning Modern Family

You can pre-bid on these items at the Broadway Cares website.  Online pre-bidding is open until 10am on September 22.  The actual live auction will begin at 4:30pm on September 23 at the event, which is held in Shubert Alley (West 44th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue).

If the auction is a little rich for your blood, then never fear.  The flea market portion of the event, which begins and 10am and goes late into the afternoon, features far more affordable items, from old Playbills and theater posters to props and costumes.  Arrive early to have your pick of the best items (but bear in mind that the prices plummet as the day wears on).