Broadway Bares Brings in Big Bucks for BC/EFA

News   Broadway Bares Brings in Big Bucks for BC/EFA The 14th annual Broadway Bares fundraiser raised a record-setting amount for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Executive produced by Jerry Mitchell and directed by Jodi Moccia, the June 20 event at the Roseland Ballroom brought in $525,000. Frozen's Swoosie Kurtz and 42nd Street's Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy were the evening's hosts. Last season's Bares evening — co-hosted by Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur — raised $450,000. Broadway Bares XIV, which reimagined classic film scenes, featured guest appearances by Chicago's Christopher Sieber, who opened the show; Avenue Q's John Tartaglia, who was joined by co-star Rod for a "Scream" send-up; and Jai Rodriguez ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"), who belted out a version of "Fame." The evening also included scantily-clad tributes to James Bond and the Marx Brothers as well as such films as "Rocky," "Flashdance," "Singin' in the Rain" and "Risky Business."

Over 200 of Broadway's chorus guys and gals were part of the annual striptease, including buffed bodies from Aida, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Gypsy, Hairspray, Mamma Mia!, Movin' Out, Rent, The Boy From Oz, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wicked .

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. Visit www.broadwaycares.org for more information.