PHOTO CALL: Christopher Sieber, Lesli Margherita, Billy Porter, The Skivvies, Kate Rockwell and More Backstage at Broadway Bares 23

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24 Jun 2013

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



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Christopher Sieber, Lesli Margherita and cast
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The evening featured 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 announced 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).

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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.