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.
The evening featured Cumming ( Cabaret), "RuPaul's Drag Race" winner Bianca Del Rio and Maroulis ( Rock of Ages), as well as Andy Karl ( Rocky), Lesli Margherita ( Matilda The Musical), Patrick Page ( Casa Valentina), Christopher Sieber ( Matilda The Musical) and Marine-turned-model Alex Minsky.
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.