As previousy announced, Broadway Bares 16: New York Strip, the annual fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be presented June 18 at the Roseland Ballroom. Two performances will be offered that evening, at 9:30 PM and midnight. A little Bares history: Over a decade ago, Tony Award winner Jerry 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 — executive produced by Mitchell — raked in a record-breaking $654,000.
Denis Jones has appeared on Broadway in Grease, Chicago, Little Me, The Full Monty and Never Gonna Dance and in the City Center Encores! mountings of Strike Up the Band, Tenderloin and No Strings. He was the associate choreographer for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and also choreographed the benefit performances of On the Twentieth Century and A Wonderful Life.
Tickets for the 9:30 PM show are priced $600 (VIP seating plus open bar), $225 (VIP standing plus open bar), $95 (priority viewing) and $50 (general admission). The midnight show has the same price structure, although the $95 ticket is not an option for the later show. Tickets are available by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268 or by visiting www.broadwaycares.org.
The Roseland Ballroom is located in New York City at 239 West 52nd Street.
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.