At the annual BROADWAY BEARS fundraiser, the Spamalot bear (image from Playbill.com) autographed by CLAY AIKEN and DAVID HYDE PIERCE fetched the most money ($17,000) last Feb. 17 at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on West 42nd Street. Broadway Bears is an annual auction featuring one-of-a-kind teddy bears outfitted in original, handmade costumes created by Broadway’s leading costume designers and representing memorable Broadway show characters. The Sir Robin bear was created by Brionna McMahon, and the original designer is Tim Hatley. The auction benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and involved the live audience up against the telephone bidders. Broadway Bears XI was hosted by Bryan Batt and earned a total of $127,000 for the charitable organization. To know more about Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, visit their website at this link www.broadwaycares.org or call (212) 840-0770.
Starring as Sir Robin in the Broadway musical, Monty Python's SPAMALOT, Mr. Aiken continues to draw big crowds at the stagedoor of the Shubert Theatre as shown in the photo above taken last February 15.