Broadway's Flea Market and Grand Auction

For some, it's the dream of a lifetime: a walk-on in one of Broadway's biggest hits. Imagine the backstage excitement, the costumes, the makeup, even a curtain-call. And this fantasy, perhaps one of the few, can be realized. That is, if you offer the highest bid.

Bidding for walk-ons, opening night tickets and cast party passes, costumes, props, and other memorabilia from a host of shows, is only one of the events‹admittedly, it's a high point‹at the Twelfth Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction, Sun. Sept. 27, 10 am to 7 pm. It will take place on both West 44th and West 45th streets between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, including Shubert Alley.

The much-anticipated, all-day gala, which helps launch the new season and benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), will feature the biggest theatre‹and some TV‹stars sitting at tables selling a range of backstage treasures, autographed posters, and other one-of-a-kind items. Donating their time this year are: Marin Mazzie and Peter Friedman ("Ragtime"), Christiane Noll and Robert Cucciolli ("Jekyll & Hyde"), Cherry Jones, Debra Monk, Hal Linden, Ednita Nazario, Marcia Lewis, Liz Callaway, Mark Jacoby, Judy Kaye, and Jere Shea, among others.

Included in this year's unique offerings: walk-on parts in "Beauty and the Beast," "The Sound of Music," "Rent," "Jekyll & Hyde," and on TV's "Friends," "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer," "3rd Rock from the Sun," "Dharma and Greg," and "Touched by an Angel," as well as a chance to conduct the orchestra at a performance of "The Phantom of the Opera."

At past auctions for walk-ons, not surprisingly, most of the winners were doctors and lawyers‹no cash flow problems there‹who are also theatre buffs. But there have been many other individuals who wanted to pay personal and public tribute to loved ones, usually theatre people, who had died of AIDS. This event‹specifically winning a walk-on and the publicity that comes with it‹has afforded them the opportunity to do so.

As noted, monies are donated to BC/EFA, the entertainment industry's most active organization addressing the AIDS challenge. Since its inception in October 1987, BC/EFA has raised and distributed $35 million.

For more information: (212) 840-0770.