Broadway Bares, the annual fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will once again be directed by Jerry Mitchell, choreographer of this season’s Hairspray and Gypsy. Broadway Bares 13 is subtitled “Burlesque Is Back!” and promises to “bring back the bump and grind of Blaze Starr and Gypsy Rose Lee.” Two performances of Broadway Bares 13 will be offered on June 15, one at 9:30 PM and the other at midnight. The Roseland Ballroom is located in New York City at 239 West 52nd Street. For tickets to the fundraiser, call (212) 840-0770, ext. 268 or visit www.BroadwayCares.org.
A little Bares history: Thirteen 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.
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 $65 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.