Broadway Bares XVII Is Another Record Breaker for BC/EFA

News   Broadway Bares XVII Is Another Record Breaker for BC/EFA The 17th annual Broadway Bares fundraising event, held June 17 at Roseland Ballroom, was another record-breaker, raising $743,787 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

For the tenth year Broadway Bares was sponsored by the M•A•C AIDS Fund, which presented a check for $115,000, helping the event reach its record-breaking amount.

Last year's Broadway Bares: New York Strip raised $659,500 for the charitable organization.

This year's event, titled Broadway Bares XVII: Myth Behavior, featured the work of 17 choreographers and 240 of Broadway's sexiest chorus members in production numbers celebrating Greek mythology with a signature burlesque twist.

Denis Jones (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde) directed the evening starring Leslie Kritzer (A Catered Affair, Legally Blonde), who rocked the house with an opening number penned by Gary Adler of Altar Boyz. Also featured in the cast were Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde), Harvey Fierstein (A Catered Affair), Deidre Goodwin (A Chorus Line), Capathia Jenkins (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), David Hyde Pierce (Curtains), Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago) and Daphne Rubin-Vega (Jack Goes Boating).

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 $4.8 million dollars benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Jerry 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 $130 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses. For more information visit www.broadwaycares.org