9 Weird and Wonderful Pieces of Broadway History You Can Bid on at the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction

Broadway Cares   9 Weird and Wonderful Pieces of Broadway History You Can Bid on at the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction
We take a look at some of the collectible treasures and backstage curiosities that are currently open for bidding.
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The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction returns for its 32nd year September 30, packing Shubert Alley with Broadway stars and theatre fans in an all-day celebration to raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

In addition to the star-studded autograph table and photobooth—which includes more than 84 theatre stars this year—the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction is a treasure trove for theatre buffs who are looking to pick up a piece of Broadway history.


This year’s live and silent auctions feature dozens of one-of-a-kind experiences, including walk-on roles in Frozen, Pretty Woman, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, and The Phantom of the Opera; as well as backstage meet-and-greets and tickets to a Broadway opening night.

Early bidding is now open at BroadwayCares.org, but you only have until 4 PM September 28 to place your highest offer. At Sunday’s event, silent auction items will be open for bidding every half hour beginning at 10 AM. At 5 PM, join in the excitement of the live auction in Shubert Alley.

We sifted through all 210 of this year's lots year to highlight some of the most unique and sublime items up for auction.

1. 1982 Pied Piper Award given to Ethel Merman
1982 Pied Piper Award given to Ethel Merman and accompanying photos showing Merman with the award, Lucille Ball and Jerry Herman.

2. A framed and signed photo of Stephen Sondheim
Need we say more?

3. A framed and signed costume sketch by Bob Mackie from The Cher Show
Mackie is recreating his iconic fashions for the upcoming bio-musical.

4. Lin-Manuel Miranda-signed Alexander Hamilton puppet
Fan-made Alexander Hamilton puppet, signed by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner.

5. Red dress worn by Chita Rivera in Chita and All That Jazz, and a signed photo
Worn by the theatre legend in the Kiss of the Spider Woman number of her Chita and All That Jazz tour, plus an autographed photo.

6. One-of-a-kind, handmade Wicked set model
Tony Award-winning designer Eugene Lee carefully built a “to scale” version of what he conjured as the remarkable world of Oz, but from a different angle.

7. Selections from the original Sweeney Todd conductor’s manuscript signed by Stephen Sondheim
A page from "God, That's Good!,” used in the pit of Sweeney Todd, containing handwritten marks and notations, signed by the composer.

8. A signed pair of Michael Crawford’s "calf pad" tights worn in The Phantom of the Opera
These “calf pad” tights worn by Michael Crawford under his Red Death costume in “Masquerade” come with a certificate of authenticity signed by Mr. Crawford.

9. Signed sketch drawn onstage by Jake Gyllenhaal during Sunday in the Park with George
"The Dog" sketch drawn onstage by Jake Gyllenhaal in the revival of Sunday in the Park with George, signed by the actor.

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