MIDTOWN — The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will be returning for its 25th year this Sunday, offering theatre fans a chance to schmooze with their favorite Broadway stars and bid on top-notch memorabilia.
Tens of thousands of theater fans are expected to flock to Times Square for the annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS event, which will feature 60 theater-themed tables, autographs and live and silent auctions in which fans can bid on cast recordings, autographed Playbills and posters, rare costume sketches, and props.
Among the biggest prizes: tickets to the opening night of Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, backstage meet-and-greets with stars including Bernadette Peters, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’s Reeve Carney, Brooke Shields and Roger Rees, and walk-on roles in shows including Chicago, Disney's The Lion King and Jersey Boys.
The event will also feature other fun including the chance to win a karaoke showdown with Tony Award-nominated Spamalot star Christopher Sieber, a serenade by Rent star Anthony Rapp and Wicked star Julia Murney, and a coaching session with former "American Idol” judge and Chicago star Kara DioGuardi.
Unlike previous years, the event will be taking place in Times Square instead of Shubert Alley because of construction.
Last year, the event raised $476,917 for the charity.
The 25th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will take place on Sunday, Sept. 25th, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on West 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues and in the Times Square pedestrian plaza between 43rd and 44th streets. The live auction is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.