Penned by Tony Award-winning director Jerry Mitchell, the new book will be available in June from Universe Publishing, a division of Rizzoli New York. Pre-orders for "Backstage Pass," priced at $55, will begin April 1 by visiting www.broadwaycares.org.
"Backstage Pass," according to press notes, is "the photographic chronicle of how one bright young man in a loincloth, dancing atop a giant drum on a Broadway stage, began one of the Great White Way's most worthy and exciting traditions! Jerry Mitchell was amazed at the tremendous attention his nearly naked body garnered in Tommy Tune's production of The Will Rogers Follies in 1990. He quickly capitalized on this fascination with exposed skin to raise funds for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) organization. Over the next 18 years, this 'ah-ha' moment grew into the annual tradition that is Broadway Bares — an event where the most beautiful bodies of New York City's theater community take it all off and do what they do best—strut their stuff!"
The book features behind-the-scene photos, performance shots, and studio stills of those in the Broadway community who have been a part of this burlesque event over the years.
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 $110 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses. For more information call (212) 840-0770 or visit www.broadwaycares.org.