By Byrne Harrison
Great time today at the 24th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In addition to browsing all of the amazing theatre memorabilia - playbills, posters, window cards, cast albums (CDs and vinyl), props, costumes, etc. - I saw several celebrities (Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Pete Scolari, Bryan Batt, Christine Pedi), talked to a few (Stephen Wallem from "Nurse Jackie" - holy crap, he's tall!, Mary Stout from "Remember WENN"), and saw some of the theatre bloggers - Kevin from Theatre Aficionado at Large, Linda from Pataphysical Science, Steve from Steve on Broadway, and a brief glimpse of Ken Davenport.
As is always the case, I bought more than I intended. This year's haul - a drum head signed by the cast of American Idiot, Rue McClanahan's autobiography ("My First Five Husbands . . . And the Ones Who Got Away"), the cast albums for The Toxic Avenger and Cabaret, a CD of Corin Redgrave reading Oscar Wilde's "De Profundis," an A Little Night Music window card signed by Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters, and a copy of Oedipus for Kids (which Gil Varod will need to sign for me the next time I see him).
This is always an amazing event, so if you're in NYC next year at this time, you should make a point to attend.