By Matthew Blank
19 Jun 2013
Attendees were promised "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 BC/EFA notes.
The 23rd annual edition of Broadway Bares, entitled Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America, will be presented at Roseland Ballroom June 23 at 9:30 PM and midnight.
Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, this year's fundraiser "will crisscross the country in a racy, raucous road trip, exploring the United States," according to press notes. "More than 200 of New York's sexiest and most desirable dancers will discover – and uncover – amber waves and mountain majesties that only Broadway Bares could find. This trip across the fruited plains of America will most certainly be the stuff patriot dreams are made of."
Special guests for the evening will be announced at a later date.
The first Broadway Bares featured seven dancers performing choreographed stripteases on a bar and raised more than $8,000. Through 22 editions, Bares has raised more than $9.8 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Broadway Bares was created by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, who also serves as executive producer. It is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, led by producing director Michael Graziano. This year’s edition is directed by Nick Kenkel.
Tickets can be purchased online at broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268. For more information, visit broadwaybares.com.
Roseland Ballroom is located at 239 W. 52nd Street.
Ticket packages, according to Broadway Cares, include:
9:30 PM Performance: $750 Reserved Table Seating, includes reserved seat on the VIP mezzanine at a cocktail table and open bar before the show; $295 VIP Standing, includes non-reserved standing ticket on the VIP mezzanine or in VIP area closest to stage with open bar before the show; $135 Priority Standing, includes non-reserved standing ticket in priority viewing area near the stage; and $65 General Admission, non-reserved standing ticket.
Midnight Performance: $750 Reserved Table Seating, includes reserved seat on the VIP mezzanine at a cocktail table and open bar before the show; $295 VIP Standing, includes non-reserved standing ticket on the VIP mezzanine or in VIP area closest to stage with open bar before the show; $65 General Admission, non-reserved standing ticket.
Broadway Cares also is offering the "Stripper Spectacular" package for $2,500 (tickets remain available only for the Midnight show). It includes a reserved table seat at one of the best center locations on the VIP mezzanine, admission to a private cocktail party before the performance, a backstage tour, an exclusive gift bag, a poster autographed by the cast, a "Broadway Bares: Openings" CD and the Broadway Bares: Backstage Pass coffee table book.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.