The annual show, this year with a striptease theme, featured over 200 of Broadway's sexiest dancers. Performers from Aida, Cabaret, Chicago, Gypsy, Hairspray, Movin' Out, The Lion King, The Producers, Mamma Mia! and more took it off for a good cause. Special guests included Nine's Jane Krakowski, the "Gotta Get A Gimmick" women from Gypsy (Kate Buddeke, Julie Halston and Heather Lee) and the legendary Eartha Kitt. Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur, who do not strip or appear in towels in Hairspray, hosted. Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray and Gypsy and the upcoming Never Gonna Dance) directed and choreographed. He conceived the Bares idea after dancing in a skimpy costume on a drum in the cast of The Will Rogers Follies. That year, he and seven other dancers stripped, raising $8,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund raising and grant making organization. BC/EFA is the on going, committed response from the American theatre community to an urgent worldwide health crisis. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has distributed over $65 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses.
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