Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America Presented June 23

Broadway's sexiest night of the year has arrived: The 23rd annual edition of Broadway Bares, entitled Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America, is presented at Roseland Ballroom June 23 at 9:30 PM and midnight to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Paul McGill and Samantha Berger
Paul McGill and Samantha Berger (Photo by Andrew Eccles)

The evening features special appearances by 2013 Tony Award winners Judith Light ( The Assembled Parties) and Billy Porter ( Kinky Boots), Tony and Olivier Award winner Alan Cumming ( Macbeth) and musical performers The Skivvies ( Nick Cearley and Lauren Molina). Bravo TV host and executive Andy Cohen will announce the winners of the Strip-a-thon online fundraiser at the midnight performance.

This year’s edition of Broadway Bares is directed by Nick Kenkel and produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, led by producing director Michael Graziano. It was created by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who also serves as executive producer.

United Strips of America, according to press notes, "celebrates America's fruited plains and mountains majesties. A bi-coastal couple will set out on separate, sexy journeys through a dozen states – encountering scantily clad inhabitants along the way – in hopes of reuniting in the heartland." Max von Essen ( Evita) and Michael Cusumano (Chicago) appear throughout the show as the couple. Guest stars also include two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber ( La Cage aux Folles), 2013 Tony nominee Charl Brown ( Motown The Musical), Lesli Margherita ( Matilda The Musical), Kate Rockwell ( Rock of Ages) and Eric LaJuan Summers ( Motown The Musical).

Roseland Ballroom is located at 239 West 52nd Street. The 9:30 PM show is sold out. Tickets for the midnight show can be purchased online at broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext 268. A limited number of tickets also may be available between 3 PM and 7 PM June 23 in the lobby of Roseland Ballroom. Ticket availability will be based on cancellations and returns. Tickets will be first-come, first-served. Cash or credit cards will be accepted.

* Through 22 editions, Broadway Bares has raised more than $9.8 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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.

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