Celebrate the return of the live theater community on Sunday, October 3, 2021, when the highly anticipated Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction by Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS once again takes to the streets of New York City’s Theater District. This year’s edition will feature ways to participate both in person and online, making the day a way for theatergoers around the world to connect.
This year’s in-person event will again line up with Shubert Alley and West 44th and West 45th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. The silent auction will take place in Shubert Lane starting at 10 a.m. The live auction, starting at 5 p.m., will be held in the pedestrianized Times Square between West 45th and 46th Street.
Fewer flea market tables will be on display this year to give fans a little extra wiggle room while also showcasing the plethora of theatrical treasures that regular attendees have grown to love and seek out.
“With so many of us cleaning our closets and desks in recent months, the collection of unique theatrical memorabilia that will be on tables and in our auctions is every theater lover’s dream,” said Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares. “People unearthed incredible artifacts from Broadway’s recent and distant past. And, in turn, they generously shared them with us. We are delighted to continue to see the love and support this community has for each other. the rest be part of the biggest day for Broadway fans. “
The Broadway Flea Market and Great Auction help fuel Broadway Cares’ support for The Actors Fund, helping everyone in the entertainment and performing arts field, and over 450 social service organizations and medical in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
Information about the Broadway Flea Market and the Big Auction is continually updated on broadwaycares.org.
All Broadway Cares staff and volunteers working at the Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction will be fully immunized and will wear masks. Everyone visiting the event is strongly encouraged to wear a mask regardless of their immunization status. Proof of vaccination and face coverings will be required for the live auction. The in-person event will also follow all other CDC, state, and local COVID-19 safety protocols in effect at that time.
Some of the first shows that will be featured with merchandise on flea market tables include Aladdin, Freestyle Love Supreme, Frozen, Hamilton, The Little Mermaid, and Mean Girls with more to come.
Other flea market favorites returning with tables this year are ATPAM, Broadway Green Alliance, Broadway Makers Alliance, Casting Society of America, Dancers Over 40, DKC / O + M and The Fabulous Invalid, Jujamcyn Theaters, The Lights of Broadway, Manhattan Association of Cabarets, Michael Crawford International Fan Association, The PATH Fund / Rockers on Broadway, Bardo Arts (formerly Reel Time Video Production), R.Evolución Latina, Roundabout Theater Company, Second Stage Theater, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Stage Managers’ Association, The Shubert Organization / Telecharge, Sweet Hospitality Group, TDF’s Pik-a-Tkt, Theater World Awards and United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Throughout the day, silent auctions will take place in Shubert Alley, hosted by Broadway favorites Todd Buonopane and Jennifer Cody. Every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., new sets of theater memorabilia will be offered for in-person auction. Silent Auction Lots are available online now for pre-auction on broadwaycares.org/flea market. Among the treasures put up for auction:
● Funny Girl souvenir program, signed by Barbra Streisand
● Typewriter used by Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy from Hanks Personal Collection
● Set of charcoal sketches drawn on stage by Jake Gyllenhaal during Sunday in the Park with George and signed by Gyllenhaal
● Handwritten and signed musical phrases by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, John Kander, Barry Manilow, Alan Menken, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Jeanine Tesori and more
● 1992 Poster of Falsettos, signed by the original cast including Stephen Bogardus, Carolee Carmello, Michael Rupert, Barbara Walsh and Chip Zien
● Boots worn by Keanu Reaves in a 1995 Canadian production of Hamlet, as well as audio recordings of his opening night performance
● 1940s autograph books featuring notes and signatures from Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt and more
The live auction, always the culmination of the in-person celebration, will take place at 5 p.m. in the pedestrianized Times Square between 45th and 46th streets. The first lots available for pre-auction in the live auction will be announced next week.
The fan-favorite autograph table and photo booth is coming online again this year with one-on-one video chats with Broadway favorites. Video chats, similar to FaceTime calls and managed through the Looped app, will take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST. Participating guests will be announced shortly.
In addition to arrays of theatrical treasures from the Broadway shows and organizations that line the streets of the Theater District, special “Fleabay” bundles in the Broadway Cares eBay store will provide unique keepsakes for fans who cannot attend in person. . These sets of posters, posters and other mystery theater packages will be available starting Monday, September 27.
For the first scoop on special guests, auction lots, and table attendees, join The Heart of Broadway Facebook Group at broadwaycares.org/theheartofbroadway.
Every dollar donated in person and online at the Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction will help people affected by HIV / AIDS, COVID-19 and other serious illnesses across the country receive meals healthy, life-saving medicine, emergency financial assistance, housing, counseling and more.
Last year, the virtual flea market and the big Broadway auction raised $ 316,282. Since 1987, the 34 editions of this popular annual event have raised more than $ 15 million.