Broadway Bares: Rock Hard Raises Over $1.3 Million for BC/EFA
24 Jun 2014
Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia
The 24th annual edition of Broadway Bares, entitled Broadway Bares: Rock Hard!, was presented June 22 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. The evening that featured Alan Cumming, Bianca Del Rio and Constantine Maroulis among its special guests raised $1,386,105 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Over 5,000 people attended the performances which took place at 9:30 PM and midnight. The 24 editions of Broadway Bares have now raised more than $12.6 million for Broadway Cares.
Broadway Bares, according to BC/EFA, "combines the naughtiness of burlesque with the razzle-dazzle of Broadway and has been a smashing success since its inception in 1992." The first Broadway Bares featured seven dancers performing choreographed stripteases on a bar and raised more than $8,000. Through 23 editions, Broadway Bares has raised more than $11.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The fundraiser 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.
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 $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.