Birdsong Will Be Part of Broadway Bares 18: Wonderland; Jones to Direct

News   Birdsong Will Be Part of Broadway Bares 18: Wonderland; Jones to Direct "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" will be the theme of the 18th annual Broadway Bares fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
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Entitled Broadway Bares 18: Wonderland, Broadway's sexiest night of the year is set for June 22 at the famed Roseland Ballroom. Two shows will be presented that evening at 9:30 PM and midnight.

Created and executive-produced by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, the fundraiser will feature Fame Becomes Me and recent Hairspray star Mary Birdsong as Alice. The evening, press notes state, will boast "over 200 of Broadway's hottest bodies traveling 'through the looking glass' to bring some of Wonderland's classic characters to life on stage at Roseland Ballroom. . . Along the way, Alice will encounter a White Rabbit that will make audiences blush, a Mad Tea Party featuring a sexy Mad Hatter and a tempting March Hare, and a Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum that only Broadway Bares could deliver."

Denis Jones (Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) will once again direct the production.

A little Bares history: Nearly 20 years ago, Legally Blonde's Mitchell, who once danced nearly naked on a drum in The Will Rogers Follies, found himself inspired to take it all off to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Broadway Bares was born. The first year, he and seven other Broadway dancers raised $8,000 for the charitable organization.

The 17th annual Broadway Bares, which was held June 17, 2007, was another record-breaker, raising $743,787 for BC/EFA. To date, Broadway Bares has raised nearly $5 million for BC/EFA. "Broadway Bares: Backstage Pass" is the title of a new book that is described as "a titillating photographic chronicle" of the annual fundraiser. Penned by Tony winner Mitchell, the new book will be available in June from Universe Publishing, a division of Rizzoli New York. Pre-orders for "Backstage Pass," priced at $55, are currently being accepted by visiting www.broadwaycares.org.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1988 the organization has distributed over $130 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.

Tickets to the Bares fundraiser are on sale by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268 or by visiting www.BroadwayCares.org.

The Roseland Ballroom is located in New York City at 239 West 52nd Street.