- Oakland & Silicon Valley: Top Day Trips From San Francisco
- Honeymoon Travel: Top 5 Things To Know When Planning The Big Trip
- 5 Can’t Miss Things To Enjoy In Provincetown
- Puerto Madero is Buenos Aries answer to travelers seeking chic-waterfront neighborhoods
- Destination Weddings: Top 5 Things To Know Before Saying “I Do”
- 5 Things to enjoy in the Palermo District of Buenos Aires
- Rio de Janeiro: Let the Fun and Games Begin!
- Five Things To Know That Will Help You Get The Most Out Of Japan
- Check Out Downtown Las Vegas, Another World Beyond The Strip
- Seattle: Best American City for Gay Dads?
- Antarctica: Top 5 Tips For the Ultimate White Party
- Pride Season Is Not Over. Orlando Will Hold One Of The Most Important In LGBTQ History.
- Homos, FOMO and the Enduring Appeal of Paris
- PHOTOS: This Charming Texan Was Just Named America’s Top Bartender
- LGBT New Yorkers Celebrate Pride and Resilience At The Center’s Annual Garden Party
Search the blog
POPULAR TAGSLos Angeles Las Vegas Photos Fire Island Jeffrey James Keyes gay travel San Francisco Marriage Equality party haus Washington DC New York City New York GayCities London Miami Pride travel Chicago Theater pride haus
PHOTOS: Barbra Streisand Star Attraction At The Broadway Flea Market, Sort Of
Sep 26, 2012
On Sunday, Times Square became a giant swap meet for theater queens as the 26th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction took over the Great White Way and raised a record-setting $681,892 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The all-day event featured dozens of tables overflowing with theatrical memorabilia, rare mementos and unique Broadway treasures, while more than five dozen stars lined up at the autograph tables and photo booths, all stretched from Times Square to 46th Street, through Shubert Alley and along West 44th Street.
The live auction, hosted by John Bolton, raised a record $298,300 and included a once-in-a-lifetime VIP package to Barbra Streisand’s upcoming concert, including a backstage meet-and-greet with the star, that went for $40,000. (We’re dying!) Other high earners included tickets to the New York premiere of Les Misérables ($32,000), and a night at Evita, including a backstage meeting with Ricky Martin and a shirt he wore onstage ($11,000).
During an afternoon “flash auction,” Andrea McArdle, Broadway’s original Annie, welcomed one lucky winner onstage as she sang her famous rendition of “Tomorrow” (in its original key). The high bidder donated $600 to Broadway Cares for the honor.
Actors who donated their time to meet with fans included Debra Monk from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Rob McClure from Chaplin; Patrick Page from Cyrano de Bergerac, Ari Graynor from The Performers, Bebe Neuwirth from Golden Age; Stephanie J. Block from The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Harvey Fierstein from Andrew Keenan-Bolger from Newsies, plus Charles Busch, Mario Cantone, Tyne Daly, Colman Domingo, Malcolm Gets, Capathia Jenkins, LaChanze, Rebecca Luker, Jan Maxwell, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Donna Murphy, Phyllis Newman, Bernadette Peters, Anthony Rapp, Alice Ripley, Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson, and cast members from Once, Peter and the Starcatcher, Rebecca, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Wicked and more.
Photos: Monica Simoes, Joy Nelson, Kevin Thomas Garcia, Stephen Sorokoff