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by Michael Portantiere

    Strong Market

    The stock market may be in dire straits, but this year's Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction was a great success, raising beaucoup bucks for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Held on Sunday, September 21 in Shubert Alley and all along West 44th Street, the event was blessed by picture-perfect weather. Here are shots of some of the notables who made the scene.


    Seth Rudetsky, one of Broadway's biggest boosters, with his daughter Juli.


    Patrick Wilson, soon to open in All My Sons.


    Loretta Ables Sayre (South Pacific) and Priscilla Lopez (In the Heights).


    Two more performers who are spending time In the Heights: Christopher Jackson and Robin De Jésus.


    Broadway vet Tony Roberts (Xanadu).


    Two members of the cast of Hairspray: The delightful Karen Mason...


    ...and Daniel Robinson, who was one of the contestants in The Broadway Beauty Pageant earlier this year.


    2008 Tony Award winners Laura Benanti and Boyd Gaines, a.k.a. Louise and Herbie in Gypsy.


    Former Jersey Boys star Christian Hoff, who'll be playing the title role in the upcoming Broadway revival of Pal Joey.


    Current Jersey Boys star Michael Longorria, who plays Frankie Valli in that smash hit.


    Looking good: Richard H. Blake (Legally Blonde) and Mandy Gonzalez (In the Heights).


    Hunter Bell ([title of show]).


    Lewis Cleale, who -- as he put it -- is now "playing Jerry Orbach" in The Fantasticks.


    Danny Burstein (South Pacific) and Barrett Foa (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!).


    Aaron Lazar (A Tale of Two Cities).


    Two visitors from Transylvania.

    Monday, September 22, 2008 at 11:25 PM | Item Link

    Michael Portantiere comes to BroadwayStars with more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for such media outlets as TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has also contributed articles and reviews to AfterElton.com, Playbill, and Stagebill, and has written notes for several major cast albums. Additionally, Michael is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several notable websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.)
    He can be reached at [email protected]

    The last five columns written by Michael Portantiere:

    07/13/2010: Presidential Material

    07/04/2010: Hardy Boy

    06/29/2010: High School Stars

    06/21/2010: Falling in Love Again

    06/17/2010: A Meeting of the 'mos (and Their Friends)

    For a listing of all features written by Michael, click here.