Broadway Bares IX: Calendar Girl, the annual peek-a-boo AIDS fundraiser produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, netted a record $240,000 for two shows May 23. The previous record was set in 1998, when $160,000 was raised.
Conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, Calendar Girl was presented as a strip-a-month revue (Halloween theme, Valentine's Day theme, etc.) punctuated throughout with appearances by Alan Cumming, Tom Wopat, Lea DeLaria and other New York stage stars, at New York City's Roseland.
€ Lea DeLaria singing a gender-bent version of Neil Sedaka's "Calendar Girl," with Sedaka in the audience.
€ Alan Cumming reading naughty poems by playwright Paul Rudnick.
€ Lypsinka taking it off in a Valentine's Day salute.
€ Tom Wopat, stripping off his shirt at the prodding of the frenzied crowd.
€ Recording star Maya Days singing her hit, "Feel It," with over 100 scantily-clad Broadway dancers.
Broadway Cares/Equity Eights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation's leading industry-based AIDS fundraising and grantmaking organization. Since October 1987, BC/EFA has raised and distributed over $38 million to support people with HIV and AIDS.
-- By Kenneth Jones