Broadway Bares 14 to Salute the Movies; Moccia Directs

News   Broadway Bares 14 to Salute the Movies; Moccia Directs Broadway Bares 14 — the Broadway community's sexiest fundraising night — will pay tribute to the movies June 20 at the Roseland Ballroom.

Two performances of Broadway Bares 14, the annual fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be offered that night, one at 9:30 PM and the other at midnight. This season's show, according to production notes, "is inspired by classic images from the silver screen." The event will feature over 150 performers from Broadway productions.

Executive produced by Jerry Mitchell, Broadway Bares 14 marks the first time in the event's history that Mitchell will not direct the show. His long-time associate, Jodi Moccia, will helm this season's fundraiser. Moccia has served as associate choreographer on such Broadway musicals as Sunset Boulevard, Putting It Together, Gypsy and Never Gonna Dance.

A little Bares history: Thirteen years ago, Mitchell, who once had to dance 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 Will Rogers dancers raised $8,000 for the charitable organization. Last season's competition — hosted by Hairspray's Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur — brought in over half a million dollars.

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 $85 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.

The Roseland Ballroom is located in New York City at 239 West 52nd Street. For tickets to the fundraiser, call (212) 840-0770, ext. 268 or visit www.BroadwayCares.org.

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