Today is the day!!! Since I moved to New York, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. It did not disappoint. I arrived 30 minutes after it officially started, and hundreds of people already occupied 44th and 45th streets. I brought a program from Guys and Dolls for Jamie Parker to sign and immediately abandoned that idea upon seeing the line.
I wandered throughout the stalls to see what was all available. Admittedly, I was unable to make it to every organization during my hour there. Of the tables I visited, one of my favorites belonged to the United Scenic Artists Local 829. Representing the costume designers of Broadway, they sold original costume concepts and sketches from shows. It was fascinating to see the process behind outfitting the characters we know and love.
The booths were staffed by a mixture of volunteers and cast members. Lisa Brescia, currently Heidi Hansen, stood behind the Dear Evan Hansen table, and after collecting my composure, I thanked her for her beautiful and honestly portrayal of a conflicted yet loving mother. At the Hamilton booth, I bought a Reynold’s Pamphlet and letter from “Guns and Ships.” I love owning a small part of one of my favorite shows.
One of the best parts of the Fair was being surrounded my likeminded theater lovers. In my day to day life, I don’t interact with theater fans, but today, I felt like I was with my people.
The best part was being able to support to the amazing organization and work done by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. I encourage all of you to visit their website and give to this amazing cause.