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BC/EFA Announces "The Broadway Bears" Returns for Grand Finale Auction on Sunday, Mar 18

THE BROADWAY BEARS XV
RETURNS FOR GRAND FINALE AUCTION

FINAL CAST TO FEATURE 50 THEATRICALLY COSTUMED
TEDDY BEARS AUTOGRAPHED BY HUGH JACKMAN, DANIEL RADCLIFFE, DARREN CRISS, NICK JONAS, ELLEN DEGENERES, AUDRA MCDONALD, BETTE MIDLER & MORE

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 AT 8 PM
AT B.B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL
(237 WEST 42ND STREET)

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS proudly presents the 15th and grand finale edition of THE BROADWAY BEARS, the annual Broadway auction of teddy bears dressed in museum-quality outfits based on original costumes and created by acclaimed designers.

{module ad_left_body}These adorable bears first arrived on the auction block in 1998 and have since raised $1,816,900 for health clinics, healthy meal programs and hundreds of other much-needed social service organizations supported nationwide by Broadway Cares.

With a bear for every taste, this year’s bumper crop represents some of Broadway’s most beloved and memorable characters autographed by Broadway's biggest stars, including Hugh Jackman, The Book of Mormon creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and the show's Tony-nominated leading men Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess starsAudra McDonald and Norm Lewis, and many more.

THE BROADWAY BEARS XV grand finale auction is shaping up to include a friendly showdown among fans of the three popular actors who have played the lead in the current revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying: Daniel Radcliffe, Darren Criss and Nick Jonas.  Whose admirers will be most generous and win the day – Radcliffe's "Harry Potter" wizards, Criss' flock of "Glee" followers or fans of the Jonas Brothers?

The North American Bear Co., Inc. generously donated dozens of bear skins that have been stuffed, sculpted, painted, dressed, stitched and posed to become incredible one-of-a-kind works of art. Each costume has been meticulously researched by some of the theatre community’s best costume designers, as well as top designers from the doll and teddy bear world. Every bear shows expert craftsmanship.

Once again, Broadway favorite Bryan Batt (TV's “Mad Men”) and long-time Sotheby’s auctioneer Lorna Kelly will be on hand to host and lead the evening’s festivities. Batt and Kelly will welcome a slew of celebrity presenters, introducing bears based on shows in which they performed. Celebrity presenters will be announced next week.

This year’s BROADWAY BEARS collection offers a number of elegantly dressed, “red carpet” bears from such Broadway shows as:

A Chorus Line, signed by Priscilla Lopez

A Little Night Music, signed by Bernadette Peters and Stephen Sondheim

The Addams Family, signed by Kevin Chamberlin

Anything Goes, signed by Sutton Foster

Beauty and the Beast, signed by Alan Menken

Bette Midler’s Clams on the Half Shell Revue, signed by Bette Midler

Billy Elliot: The Musical, signed by Sir Elton John and Gregory Jbara

Bonnie & Clyde, signed by Laura Osnes

The Book of Mormon, signed by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells

Cats, signed by Betty Buckley

Driving Miss Daisy, signed by Vanessa Redgrave

The Drowsy Chaperone, signed by Danny Burstein

Exit the King, signed by Susan Sarandon

Fiddler on the Roof, signed by Austin Pendleton

Follies, signed by Danny Burstein, Jan Maxwell, Bernadette Peters,

Ron Raines and Stephen Sondheim

George M!, signed by Joel Grey

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, signed by Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis

Grease, signed by Adrienne Barbeau

Gypsy, signed by Faith Dane and Stephen Sondheim

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, signed by Darren Criss, Nick Jonasand Daniel Radcliffe

Hugh Jackman, Back On Broadway, signed by Hugh Jackman

Jersey Boys, signed by Frankie Vallie

Jerusalem, signed by Mark Rylance

Kiss of the Spider Woman, signed by Chita Rivera and John Kander

The Lion King, signed by Julie Taymor

The Little Mermaid, signed by Norm Lewis

Lombardi, signed by Dan Lauria and Judith Light

Lorelei, signed by Carol Channing

Mamma Mia!, signed by Judy McLane

Newsies, signed by Alan Menken

Nine, signed by Tommy Tune

The Pee-Wee Herman Show, signed by Lynne Marie Stewart

The Phantom of the Opera, signed by Judy Kaye

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, signed by Nick Adams, Bette Midler,

Tony Sheldon and Will Swenson

The Producers, signed by Mel Brooks

Promises, Promises, signed by Ellen DeGeneres

Shrek The Musical, signed by Sutton Foster

Sister Act, signed by Patina Miller and Alan Menken

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark signed by Patrick Page

Sunset Boulevard, signed by Elaine Paige

Wicked, signed by Gregory Maguire and Stephen Schwartz

The grand finale auction also will feature bears representing Big River, The Crucifer of Blood, Evita, L’il Abner, Mary Poppins, Rock of Ages and War Horse.

THE BROADWAY BEARS XVcollection can be previewed online at broadwaycares.org.

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • VIP tickets are $150 each and include an exclusive private preview of the Broadway Bears, a cocktail, hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception from 6 pm to 8 pm and reserved priority seating for the auction.
  • General Admission tickets are $35 each and include a cocktail and dessert reception and display of the Broadway Bears from 7 pm to 8 pm as well as unreserved seating for the auction.

Reservations may be made by calling Broadway Cares at 212.840.0770, extension 229. For those who cannot make it to the auction, live telephone bidding will be available as are pre-registered fixed bids by calling 212.840.0770, extension 229, before March 15. Internet bidding is available by visiting broadwaycares.org.

ABOUT Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

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 $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and 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 Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.

THE BROADWAY BEARS XVis sponsored by The New York Times, United Airlines and North American Bear Co., Inc.

For more information, visit broadwaycares.org.

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