By Andrew Gans
29 Mar 2012
|Photo by Andrew Eccles|
Two performances of Broadway Bares XXII: Happy Endings will be presented that Sunday: at 9:30 PM and midnight. The Roseland Ballroom is located in New York City at 239 West 52nd Street.
The evening, which "will pay tribute to our favorite fairy tales," will be directed by Lee Wilkins, who has served as the event's associate director the past two years.
Attendees can expect "more than 200 of New York's sexiest and most delectable dancers [who] will take you to a land where rubbing a magic lamp reveals more than just a genie. These storybook happy endings would make seven dwarfs whistle before and after they work," according to press notes.
Broadway Bares was created by Jerry Mitchell, the Tony-winning choreographer/director, who is the executive producer of the event. The 21st annual Broadway Bares competition, entitled Broadway Bares XXI: Masterpiece, raised $1,103,072, the highest total of any edition of Bares. To date, the 21 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $8.6 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
A little Bares history: Nearly 20 years ago, 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 Broadway dancers raised $8,000 for the charitable organization.
Tickets are on sale now at broadwaybares.com, broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0771, ext. 268.
Prices range from $60-$750. VIP tickets include open bar and special viewing areas. Also available is the exclusive “Stripper Spectacular” package, which includes a reserved table seat at either show, admission to a private cocktail party at the home of Broadway Bares creator Jerry Mitchell, a backstage tour and more.
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 $195 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses. For more information call (212) 840-0770 or visit www.broadwaycares.org.
Footage of the recent Broadway Bares photo shoot can be viewed below: