Broadway Bear Auction
to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
February 15, 2004

Even the most cursory glance at this bountifully bejeweled bear makes it clear that where Lorelei Lee is concerned, diamonds are still "a girl's best friend." Although the great Alvin Colt was the show's designer, who was better suited to designing for the dazzling Miss Channing than that "rajah of rhinestones" himself, Bob Mackie? We're still in the flapper era, so Lorelei Bear (as did Miss C.) wears a sleeveless, drop-waist (drop-dead!), lined, black velvet dress whose "skirt" is defined by six limb-revealing panels. (At the back there are also two long "cape-like" panels that descend from the neckline.) Now the dress is entirely outlined with small, round rhinestones, and more rhinestones drip from neckline to panel-end in a variety of additional shapes: oval, diamond, triangular. She wears brilliant, 3-strand rhinestone bracelets, "rings," and a double-strand rhinestone necklace. Beneath it all - black velvet bikini-panties and black fishnet stockings. "Onyx" and rhinestone-"fringed" brooches adorn her black leather, strapped heels; and a rhinestone and black-velvet tiara sits atop her platinum, chin-length wig. Her wide, Channing eyes are made of "onyx" and rhinestone with black velvet lashes; her ruby-red lips of "rubies"! By the way, not only are almost all of the rhinestones discreetly hand-sewn on, she even comes with a "Bob Mackie" couture card and label (sewn onto the front middle panel). That "little girl from Little Rock" has come a long way from home - and she sure has a lotta rocks now!

ORIGINAL COSTUME DESIGNER: BOB MACKIE

BROADWAY BEAR CREATED BY: BOB MACKIE AND ELIZABETH COURTNEY COSTUMES

SIGNED BY: CAROL CHANNING


The Lorelei Broadway Bear

Close-up of The Lorelei Broadway Bear

Another of Lorelei Bear.

(l-r) Elphaba (Wicked), Lorelei, Millie (Thoroghly Modern...)

"Carol" with the Lorelei Bear.

"Carol" with the Lorelei Bear.

Lorelei and Millie Bears.

Host Bryan Batt, "Carol" & Hairspray's Mary Bond Davis.

"Carol" with Musical Director Michael Lavine.


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