Transport Group, the Drama Desk and OBIE award-winning theatre company, launched its spring 2012 online auction earlier this week.
Stephanie J. Block (Anything Goes), Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher), Jackie Burns (Wicked), Danny Burstein (Follies), Ben Fankhauser and Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Telly Leung (Godspell), Daphne Rubin-Vega (A Streetcar Named Desire), Bobby Steggert (110 in the Shade), Mary Testa (Xanadu), Michael Urie (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Barbara Walsh (Falsettos), and Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar) have all agreed to donate their time to various auction packages, either by way of backstage tours, lunches, acting workshops, and even an outgoing voicemail recording.
In addition to their time, countless Broadway stars are also donating their signatures. Show posters, programs, merchandise, and original sketches by Broadway artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson include:
Porgy & Bess (signed by Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis) The Book of Mormon (signed by Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad, and Nikki M. James) Once (signed by Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti) Lysistrata Jones (signed by Patti Murin, Josh Segarra, Jason Tam, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, and Liz Mikel) Queen of the Mist (signed by Michael John LaChiusa, Mary Testa, Andrew Samonsky, Julia Murney, Stanley Bahorek, Tally Sessions, Theresa McCarthy, and DC Anderson)
Over 20 Broadway shows have full packages up for bids (each include two producer seats, a backstage tour, and a signed poster), including Once, Newsies, The Book of Mormon, Porgy & Bess, A Streetcar Named Desire, and War Horse, not to mention several off-Broadway package donations from Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Elevator Repair Service, Second Stage, and Atlantic Theatre Company. Transport Group has even included a specialty VIP package from its own upcoming all-star concert of Baby on June 18.