Broadway Bares 18: Wonderland Sets New Fundraising Record

News   Broadway Bares 18: Wonderland Sets New Fundraising Record The 18th annual Broadway Bares: Wonderland raised $874,372 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, setting another record for the annual event held at Roseland Ballroom on June 22.

The M•A•C AIDS Fund again sponsored the event that features scantily clad Broadway favorites performing sizzling numbers. The sponsor presented Broadway Bares with a check for $115,000 and presented a surprise "challenge match" check of $50,000 for the event's closing "rotation" where performers dance for donations from audience members.

Last year's event, Broadway Bares XVII: Myth Behavior, raised $743,787 for BC/EFA.

Over 200 Broadway gypsies and stars performed in Broadway Bares 18: Wonderland, that featured the work of 14 choreographers. Denis Jones (Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) directed the "Alice in Wonderland"-inspired event that featured an opening number penned by [title of show]'s Jeff Bowen and scenes by [tos]'s Hunter Bell.

Highlights of the event included Mary Birdsong (Fame Becomes Me) as Alice, and Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid) as the White Rabbit. The evening also boasted appearances by Matthew Morrison (South Pacific), Nathan Lane (November), Andrea Martin (Young Frankenstein), Tyler Maynard (The Little Mermaid) and Jennifer Cody (Shrek The Musical), Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed) and Christopher Sieber (Shrek The Musical).

Originally founded in 1991 by Legally Blonde director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who at the time was dancing in the chorus of The Will Rogers Follies, the annual Broadway burlesque event has raised over $5.6 million dollars benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Mitchell is now the event's executive producer. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund-raising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $140 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses. For more information visit www.broadwaycares.org