Today was a fun day. I went down to Times Square to attend the Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA)’s Annual Flea Market and Grand Auction. Held yearly in the heart of the theatre district, the Flea Market raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for AIDS research. Since my friends Cabot, Mel, and Jeff would be down there helping out at one of the booths, I decided to go down. I am so happy I did.
One of the booths down there was Pic-A-Tic from the Theatre Development Fund (tdf). tdf operates the tkts booth in Times Square. It is the place to go to if you want cheap ticket to a show that day. I have frequented there many a times. Anyways, tdf had this booth where you pay for raffle tickets. Inside 500 of the tickets (out of about 12,000 or so chances), there were winners. These winners earned its holder a pair of tickets to a Broadway or Off Broadway show. I got to the city earlier than the others were arriving, so I swung by.
I ended up laying out $140 in total at that booth, but I won 5 pairs of tickets! That’s right…. 10 tickets for $140… only $14 a ticket! I won tickets to The Addams Family, Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys, Blue Man Group, and Mary Poppins. What excites me is that I have not seen 4 of these shows and the one I have seen (Phantom) I can take my mom to. It is her favorite musical.
Other highlights of the day includes meeting Roger Rees (currently playing Gomez Addams in The Addams Family and Justin “Squigs” Robertson, an amazing cartoonist who does a lot of work for Broadway.com. Of course, seeing Cabot, Mel, and Jeff was awesome but, after a long and exciting day, I clocked out before the event ended so I could get home and get some sleep.
Wonderful day. Travis out.