I’m always very excited for the BC/EFA Flea Market every year until I get there and realize there’s nothing I really need to be spending money on (but for some reason I still end up buying a ton of shit – see last year’s loot). The unique items are very few and far between, as opposed when I first started going in 1999. So, instead of buying dusty old playbills and window cards that I’ll never do anything with, I only bought a few things.

  1. Broadway Bares 2001 t-shirt: I have the post from that year’s Broadway Bare’s in my childhood bedroom (yes, you read that correctly) and this shirt was my size and was glittery. And I think it was $2 or $5.
  2. Spring Awakening backpack: I use a backpack like this when I have to take my keys, etc. to yoga and I want to run there. This was $5.
  3. Look, I Made a Hat! manuscript: I’ve heard this is a good book, and I hate hard cover books, so this was perfect. It was $5.
  4. Scripts: Venus in Fur script ($1), Death of a Salesmen with comentary ($1), and a compilation of Ibsen plays, including Enemy of the People ($1).

I’ve already started reading Venus in Fur, because it’s amazing, and I have Nina Arianda’s voice in my head during all of Vanda’s lines.  I helped out at the Bring It On! table for two hours in the morning, then saw one of my best friends from college briefly, and later saw Bring It On with one of my best friends of 10 years. Now I’m exhausted.

Today was a good day. 

Above is the swag I bought at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Flea Market.  I’ve been going since 1999 and it’s a habit that I just can’t break.  John, one of my very closest friends since 2002, is my usual partner in crime but he couldn’t make it this year sadly (life happens!).  So, instead I brought my non-theatre friend Ben who was a bit overwhelmed but very amused.  We saw Man and Boy at the American Airlines Theatre at 2pm (which was very good) and then I went back to score some end-of-day deals. I think I spent between $40-$50 all together.  The flea market is always fun because it gets the entire theatre community together and I always see friends that I haven’t seen in a year, or years.  

Pictured above: Next to Normal, House of Blue Leaves, 9 to 5, and Promises, Promises t-shirts; Baby, it’s You!, 9 to 5, and Lend Me A Tenor programs; House of Blue Leaves hat (I don’t know how that got in there); Catch Me If You Can and Promises, Promises mugs; Memphis flask ($5) ELLING script; The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Frank Rich ($5); two RIPLEY cds, a Jason Daniely CD, Promises, Promises CD, American Idiot group sales’ b-roll ($1); Les Miserables’ One Day More tote ($2.50); Lombardi ($.50), The Normal Heart ($.50), and Lysistrata Jones ($1) stress balls; a random lime green tank top ($1); Baby, It’s You! sunglasses; used pointe shoes from The Phantom of the Opera signed by Jessica Bishop ($10); and beads from the 2008 cast of HAIR ($3, and I’m especially in love with these!).

I think my favorite finds today were the Phantom pointe shoes and the HAIR beads.  Does anyone want the House of Blue Leaves hat, and I also ended up with two Catch Me If You Can mugs. Anyone want the extra?  What’d you end up buying today?

I hadn’t gone through my Playbill collection in probably 5 years and because it’s too hot to be outside today, I sat down, removed my Playbills down my bookcase and sorted.  

1. That’s all of the Playbill’s from the Broadway shows I’ve seen.  Notice the Glory Days Playbill on the top?  Sigh.  That’s maybe one of 7 that was printed.  My first Broadway show was CATS in 1994.

2. All of my off-Broadway Playbills.  I love Broadway, but I love off-Broadway as well.  I think my first off-Broadway show was De La Guarda in 2002 (that could be wrong, actually, I’m sure it’s wrong).  

3. Rent.  I think I saw Rent a total of 60 times on Broadway and once on tour (the first Non-Equity tour in New Brunswick, NJ and it was AWFUL).  That smaller pile is of the Playbills I have from Rent that I wasn’t actually at (back in the day I liked getting Playbill’s from shows I hadn’t been at – looking back, I can’t figure out why!).  

4. Shakespeare in the Park!  (L-R: Twelfth Night, HAIR (40th Anniversary Weekend), Two Gentleman of Verona, A Winter’s Tale, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Bacchae (the best thing about that show were Jonathan Groff glittery jeans).

  5. New York Musical Theatre Festival (better known as NYMF) from beginning and onwards.  I used to be diligent with seeing shows in NYMF every year but I’ve slacked off in recently years.  I really regret not seeing Feeling Electric (now known as Next to Normal) when it was at the festival in 2006 (year could be wrong!).  I’m excited to see what shows are chosen this year.  

6. Special events such as the TONYs, Easter Bonnets, Gypsy of the Year’s, Broadway Bares’, Broadway on Broadway, the Drama Desk Awards, and several benefit concerts.

7. New York International Fringe Festival… including two shows that I worked on (Beautiful & Ana 311) and the most memorable shows I ever saw at the Fringe, SILENCE! the Musical (a musical version of Silence of the Lambs) in 2005.