Two performances of Broadway Bares 17, the annual fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be offered that Sunday evening, at 9:30 PM and midnight. Broadway Bares was created by Jerry Mitchell, the Tony-winning choreographer who will be directing and choreographing the upcoming musical Legally Blonde. The Roseland Ballroom is located in New York City at 239 West 52nd Street. Tickets to the Bares fundraiser will go on sale Jan. 9 by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268 or by visiting www.BroadwayCares.org.
A little Bares history: Over a decade ago, 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 Will Rogers dancers raised $8,000 for the charitable organization. Last season's competition — executive produced by Mitchell and directed by Denis Jones — raked in a record-breaking $659,500.
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 $100 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.