Executive produced by 2005 Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and directed by The Full Monty's Denis Jones, this year's event was subtitled New York Strip and featured 200 chorus guys and gals plus a host of stars: Sandra Bernhard, Mario Cantone, Alan Cumming, Fran Drescher, Sara Gettelfinger, Cyndi Lauper and Rita Wilson as well as Jersey Boys Dominic Nolfi, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and John Lloyd Young. The fundraiser featured Cyndi Lauper belting out "True Colors"; Sara Gettelfinger singing the opening number, "New York Strip"; and Barrett Foa and Matthew Rannells playing "Chip" and "Chip," a "young gay couple from the Midwest visiting New York for the first time."
A little Bares history: Over a decade ago, Tony winner 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 raked in $654,000.
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. For more information visit www.broadwaycares.org.