NEW YORK — Want to wear Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Jacket? Step in to the shoes of Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton? Or slip into one of Christine Baranski’s glamorous gowns? Well thanks to a star-studded auction, you can.
What You Need To Know
- Actors, ushers, stagehands and many more are still out of work as the majority of theater remains closed
- Christine Baranski has teamed up with Doyle Auctioneers and Appraisers to create a star-studded line up of auction items
- A portion of the proceeds will go to The Actors Fund, a safety net for those in the entertainment industry
Stage and screen star Christine Baranksi has partnered with Doyle Auctioneers and Appraisers to present “Stage & Screen” featuring one-of-a-kind memorabilia, wardrobe and costume items, all up for auction, for a good cause.
“I just started contacting a lot of my girlfriends, as I say, a lot of them go by one name," said Baranski. "I started with Meryl. And then I thought, hmm, you know, I worked with Cher on 'Mamma Mia'. How about Cher? Then there's Bette, then there's Patti. Then there's Bernadette. And there's Audra. Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett. And suddenly this thing kind of took off and I thought, wow."
Some of the other items include Steve Martin’s signed banjo, Bryan Cranston’s autographed caps and Bruce Springsteen’s blue jeans that he wore during his run of “Springsteen on Broadway”.
“Dolly Parton’s sending not only a gown, but her own mannequin. I would just bid on the mannequin, and have it as a sculpture in my house,” joked Baranski.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Actors Fund, a safety net for those in the entertainment industry that's provided more than $20 million in emergency financial assistance to more than 15,000 arts workers since March of 2020.
“A lot of these people are losing health insurance. They've got back rent to pay," said Baranski. "I mean, The Actor's Fund has just been an amazing organization. I had this exchange with Patti LuPone and I said, Patti, I want to be there on the opening night of 'Company'. Your first night back, I will be screaming and weeping. And she said, Christine, I will not be able to get through the performance. I will be crying so much. And in fact, Andrew Lloyd Webber has not only donated a set piece from 'The Phantom of the Opera', from the original production in London, but whoever bids on this, he will escort them into the theater on the night 'Phantom' reopens."
For more information head to doyle.com.