Jacob Young and Bobbie Eakes auction something special!! (ABC)

The Stars Shine Brightly Over Broadway on Sunday!

Shubert Alley and West 44th Street, in the heart of Times Square, will be the place to be on Sunday September 24, 2006, when tons of TV and theater stars gather to participate in the 20th annual Broadway Cares Flea Market and Grand Auction. It promises to be a stellar event, with tons of celebrities to meet and chat with. They’ll sign autographs and pose for a photo for those one-of-a-kind shots you will take home with you to make your friends green with envy!

The Broadway Flea Market brings out the biggest and brightest stars from Broadway, Off-Broadway, dance and daytime television to greet fans and sell memorabilia. Casts and company members of dozens of shows are joined by theatrical unions and guilds, producing organizations, local merchants, and many other groups to sell costume pieces, autographs, original scripts, rare photographs, and so much more. The event also includes the Celebrity Table, where celebrities gather throughout the day to sign autographs and pose for photos in exchange for donations. The highlight of the Flea Market is the Grand Auction, in which singular items and opportunities such as walk-on roles and set visits to in Broadway shows, television programs and films are available to the highest bidder. Last year’s event raised more than a half-million dollars, and organizers are confident of raising much more in 2006.

Jacob Young, All My Children’s JR Chandler, has participated in Broadway Cares for several years. When I spoke recently with Jacob, he was gearing up for September 24. Jacob is especially excited to participate this year, since he made his Broadway debut last summer, playing Lumiere in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

“Broadway Cares is a phenomenal organization” says Jacob, “and it’s thrilling to be a part of this. They’ve raised millions of dollars over the years, and done such great work.” In addition to signing autographs, he’ll be auctioning off some 20 undershirts he wore during stint as Lumiere. “Each will have a special autograph,” promises Jacob.

Though just 26, the Washington native is one of the hottest young actors in daytime TV. He’s been a professional actor since making his TV debut at age 17 in Bold and the Beautiful Jacob won a 2002 Daytime Emmy for his portrayal of Lucky in General Hospital. He joined AMC three years ago as JR Chandler, son of Pine Valley’s powerful and sometimes tyrannical Adam Chandler.

We spoke with All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, (Krystal Carey Chandler) this week as well. Bobbie’s also a longtime supporter of Broadway Cares, and has appeared at three Broadway Cares gala concerts.

Though she can’t make this year’s auction [she’ll be back home in Georgia, appearing at a charity concert] she’s donated an auction item that’ll appeal to AMC fans.

“They’ll be auctioning off a day with me,” says Bobbie. “It includes a visit to the AMC set, lunch and a copy of my CD, ‘Something Beautiful.” (Psst! The Bobbie Eakes auction ‘item’ is available to online bidders!!)

For the fans who are unaware of Bobbie’s beautiful and soulful singing voice, you can listen to and purchase Bobbie’s CD on her website Bobbie Eakes

For fans lucky enough to be in New York on Sunday, here’s more information:

20th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction

Date: Sunday, September 24, 2006
Time: 10AM To 7PM (With Live Auction beginning at 4:30pm)
Location: Shubert Alley and West 44th Street
Tickets: By donation,
$20 Each time to go through the line to the autograph table.
$10 Per photo at the Photo Booth. Use your own camera or a Polaroid camera is available
$20 Broadway Flea Market poster for celebrities to autograph.