There’s nothing like strolling through New York City and happening upon a flea market full of goodies, but one in particular attracts more-than-casual browsers and here’s why. The 27th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, free and open to the public in the heart of the theater district, never fails to offer a trove of theater keepsakes—more than fifty tables of out-of-print cast recordings, lost Playbills, signed memorabilia, costume sketches, props, and much more. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet their favorite Broadway show cast members and chat with their favorite celebrities at the Celebrity Autograph Table and Photo Booth, as well as bid on exclusive backstage experiences. Proceeds support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Date: September 22; time: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; location: Shubert Alley and West 44th Street, New York, New York. (Kimpton Hotels is offering a rate at a fifteen-percent discount—and will donate $10 per night to BC/EFA—for out-of-towners!)
Also, don’t miss a dazzling one-night-only performance by two-time Tony Award winner (and BC/EFA Trustee) Chita Rivera to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Chita: A Legendary Celebration offers a dazzling evening of talent to honor the triple threat’s eightieth birthday and her storied career, which includes performances in West Side Story, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Roundabout Theatre Company’s currently running revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Directed by Graciela Daniele and written by Terrence McNally, the BC/EFA-produced show will also feature spectacular guest stars. For VIP ticket buyers, a gala reception will be held at Blue Fin, a premier spot for pre- and post-theater dining. Date: October 7; time: 8 p.m.; location: August Wilson Theatre, 245 West 52nd Street, New York, New York; tickets: $75 and up.
For more information about either event, log on to: www.broadwaycares.org.