The annual spring fundraiser — Broadway Bares, which presents Broadway actors and actresses in various states of undress — may wind up for an open-ended run on The Great White Way. Choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who created the annual event, recently told Variety, “It's in the early stages of development. And if all goes well, it could go to Broadway." It’s a busy year for Mitchell, who choreographed one of the season’s biggest hits, Hairspray, and who is currently working on the Bernadette Peters revival of Gypsy, which begins preview performances at the Shubert Theatre March 31. Mitchell is also involved in the Broadway-bound productions Never Gonna Dance and Swing Time.
Nearly 13 years ago, Mitchell, who once had to dance 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 Broadway Bares: A Comic Strip — hosted by The Producers' Steven Weber and Cabaret's John Stamos — raised nearly $400,000. A staggering 150 dancers performed in various states of undress from such shows as 42nd Street, Aida, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, The Lion King, The Producers, Contact, The Full Monty, Mamma Mia!, Sweet Smell of Success, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Urinetown and Rent.
This year’s Broadway Bares XIII is scheduled for Sunday, June 15 at 9:30 PM and midnight at the Roseland Ballroom, 230 West 52nd Street. Go to www.bcefa.org for more information.