The Grand Auction included both live and silent auctions. The top-selling lot of the day was a once-in-a-lifetime VIP package to Barbra Streisand's concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, including a backstage meet-and-greet with the extraordinary superstar. The package raised an astonishing $40,000 from two bidders.
Tickets to the New York movie premiere of the much-anticipated Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Aaron Tveit, including passes to the opening night party, raised an equally astounding $32,000.
Other top live auction items:
• An evening at the blockbuster revival of Evita, including a backstage meeting with star Ricky Martin and a shirt he wore onstage and autographed, raised $11,000.
• A day at The Phantom of the Opera, including an appearance in the show's opening number, raised $10,800.
• A one-on-one office meeting with iconic theatre producer/director Hal Prince, who's been at the helm of more than 50 Broadway shows and won 21 Tony Awards, raised $10,000 from two bidders.
• A VIP experience at Once, this year's Tony Award-winning Best Musical, raised $8,500.
• A private lunch with stage-and-screen legend Angela Lansbury raised $8,000.
• Opening night performance and party tickets for 16 upcoming Broadway shows collectively raised $45,700, including $5,200 for Kinky Boots, $5,000 for Annie, $3,500 for Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella; $3,000 for Matilda and $2,600 for The Performers.
• Walk-on roles in Chicago, Disney's The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Newsies, Rock of Ages and The Phantom of the Opera, and backstage experiences with Kelli O'Hara at Nice Work If You Can Get It as well as The Book of Mormon, Once, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Wicked and other shows, collectively raised $62,500.
This year's live auction was hosted by charming Broadway Cares favorite John Bolton with BC/EFA's iconic auctioneer Lorna Kelly and actress and auctioneer Tasha Lawrence engaging the bidders.
Earlier in the day, a series of half-hour silent auctions included 144 items and raised $81,505. Longtime Broadway Cares friends Michael Goddard and Kirsten Wyatt tirelessly hosted the silent auctions, engaging last-minute bidders to own a piece of Broadway history. Musical phrases handwritten and signed by Broadway composers and lyricists continue to be among the most-popular lots. The top silent auction item, which sold for $4,500, was a musical phrase of "Superboy and the Invisible Girl" from Next to Normal, written and signed by Tony winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey.
Gwen Verdon's opening night gift from the cast of Dancin' fetched $3,600. A "Carrying the Banner" musical phrase from Newsies, handwritten by Jack Feldman and Alan Menken, sold for $3,100. A framed set of costume design prints from the current revival of Evita, signed by stars Ricky Martin, Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris, brought in a $2,300 donation, as did a Follies poster signed by Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim.
During an afternoon "flash auction," Andrea McArdle, Broadway's original Annie, welcomed one lucky winner onstage as she sang her famous rendition of "Tomorrow" a capella in its original key. The high bidder donated $600 to Broadway Cares for the honor.
The always popular Celebrity Autograph Table and Photo Booth raised $15,533 from hundreds of fans who waited in line to meet their favorite Broadway and television stars. The always entertaining Jim Caruso and Klea Blackhurst, masters of quick wit and repartee, kept the fans laughing as hosts of the autograph table.
At the autograph table, Celia Keenan-Bolger, a Tony nominee this year for Peter and the Starcatcher, was joined by her brother, the equally talented Andrew Keenan-Bolger from Newsies.
"We've had an amazing day here, getting to sit next to each other and signing autographs for everyone," she said. "When people ask, 'What's it like to be on Broadway?' I think one of my favorite things are days like this when the community comes together and then the fans come together for a good cause."
More than 60 good friends to Broadway Cares donated their time to meet with fans and sign autographs, including: Jason Gotay, Neil Haskell, Taylor Louderman, Elle McLemore, Ryann Redmond, Kate Rockwell and Adrienne Warren from Bring It On; Debra Monk from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Rob McClure from Chaplin; Patrick Page from Cyrano de Bergerac; Derek Klena and Lindsay Mendez from Dogfight; Bebe Neuwirth from Golden Age; Danny Burstein from Golden Boy; Kate Arrington, Ed Asner and Michael Shannon from Grace; Jeremy Kushnier and Quinn VanAntwerp from Jersey Boys; Lauren Cohn, Felicia Finley, Aaron Lazar and Judy McLane from Mamma Mia!; Stephanie J. Block and Jessie Mueller from The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Harvey Fierstein from Newsies and Kinky Boots; Corey Cott, Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kara Lindsay from Newsies; Judy Kaye and Michael McGrath from Nice Work If You Can Get It; Steve Kazee from Once; Ari Graynor from The Performers; Adam Chanler-Berat, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Matthew Saldivar from Peter and the Starcatcher; Karen Mason and Jill Paice from Rebecca; Ann Harada and Laura Osnes from Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella; Jenn Harris from Silence! The Musical; Robert Cuccioli from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Jackie Burns and Kyle Dean Massey from Wicked; as well as Charles Busch, Mario Cantone, Tyne Daly, Colman Domingo, Malcolm Gets, Capathia Jenkins, LaChanze, Rebecca Luker, Jan Maxwell, Andrea McArdle, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Donna Murphy, Phyllis Newman, Karen Olivo, Bernadette Peters, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Anthony Rapp, Alice Ripley, Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson and more.
Weather and street construction the last few years have presented challenges that have offered Broadway Cares opportunities to expand beyond the traditional space on West 44th Street and in Shubert Alley. Adding Times Square locations the past two years – including the pedestrian plazas on Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets in 2011 and, this year, between 45th and 47th Streets – could not have been possible without the tremendous support and guidance of Times Square Alliance Executive Director and BC/EFA Trustee Tim Tompkins and his hardworking staff.
The 26th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction was sponsored by United Airlines, The New York Times and Times Square Alliance.
Photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia, Monica Simoes, Joy Nelson and Stephen Sorokoff