by Joseph Myers
The 29th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction will take place on Sunday, September 27, in Shubert Alley on 165 West 44th St, Broadway enthusiasts can browse through multitudes of set pieces, costumes and memorabilia from past and present shows. Whether you are interested in Michael Crawford’s original Phantom mask, a chance to appear on stage at Wicked or some vintage playbills, the Broadway Flea Market will have something for every theater-lover.
Several Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, including, “The Book of Mormon,” “Hamilton,” and “Avenue Q” have announced that they will have tables selling signed playbills and memorabilia. Broadway veteran Bryan Batt, known for his work on “Beauty and the Beast” and renowned charity auctioneer Lorna Kelly will be hosting the live auction for costumes and other big-ticket items, such as signed original sheet music or a night out on the town Alan Cumming from “Cabaret.” At last year’s auction, people were able to purchase original crystals taken from chandeliers at the Schoenfeld Theatre, costume pieces from “The Little Mermaid,” among many more. For more visceral purchases, actors from prominent shows will handwrite and autograph lyrics and musical phrases.
In addition to the items being sold, a special lineup of Broadways stars will be signing autographs, including Michael Arden, Heidi Blickenstaff, Sierra Boggess, Alex Brightman and Jonathan Groff, just to name a few.
The Broadway Flea market is particularly interesting because it features a wide range of memorabilia with price tags ranging from $3 to thousands of dollars. There’s something for any fan on any budget. Some of the most unique, budget-friendly props for sale last year were the stacks of newspaper used in the “Seize the Day” dance number in “Newsies”. Whether you are in the market for some new theater swag or browsing for props, this event is a sight to behold. With thousands of theater fans gathered in Shubert Alley to show their love of plays and musicals, the Broadway Flea Market is an event that you won’t want to miss.
All proceeds of the Broadway Flea Market will go to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organization for HIV/AIDS treatment and research. The previous Broadway Flea Market raised a record high of $713,986. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organization hopes to surpass that number at this year’s flea market.
Joseph Myers is Theater/Books Editor. Email him at jmyers@nyunews