Broadway Bares XX: Strip-opoly to Feature Guest Stars Chenoweth, Finneran, Cumming, Lewis and More
By Andrew Gans
Josh Rhodes, who was the assistant choreographer for the award-winning The Drowsy Chaperone, will direct Broadway Bares XX: Strip-opoly, which will be held June 20 at the Roseland Ballroom.
The two performances (at 9:30 PM and midnight) for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will boast a host of special guest stars, including Nick Adams, Kevin Burrows, Charles Busch, Kevin Chamberlin, Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Cody, Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, Diana DeGarmo, Lea DeLaria, Felicia Finley, Tony Award winner Katie Finneran, Barrett Foa, Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte, Julie Halston, Jackie Hoffman, Denis Jones, Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski, Sebastian LaCause, Reichen Lehmkuhl, Norm Lewis, Lucy Liu, Julia Murney, Christopher Sieber, Rachelle Rak, Andrew Rannells, Bruce Vilanch, Tony Award winner Lillias White and Vanessa Williams.
The opening number, "The Best Game in Town," penned by David Nehls, will be performed by Euan Morton.
"Grab your favorite piece (Dog? Ship? Boot? Thimble?), roll the dice, and get ready to put money into the community chest to help Broadway Bares XX: Strip-opoly reach their $1 million fundraising goal to benefit BC/EFA," according to press notes. "This year's [fundraiser] will bring a whole new definition to the phrase 'game night' when over 200 of Broadway’s sexiest dancers come together for the hottest burlesque show this side of Park Place."
Broadway Bares is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and executive produced by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell.
A little Bares history: Nearly 20 years ago, Tony winner Mitchell, who once danced nearly naked on a drum in The Will Rogers Follies, found himself inspired to take it all off to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Broadway Bares was born. The first year, he and seven other Broadway dancers raised $8,000 for the charitable organization. Since that time, the fundraisers have brought in over $5.5 million for BC/EFA.
Director Rhodes has performed in the Broadway productions of Urban Cowboy, Bells Are Ringing, Fosse and Chicago.
The Roseland Ballroom is located in New York City at 239 West 52nd Street. Tickets can be purchased online at www.BroadwayCares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770 x 268.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1988 the organization has distributed over $170 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses. For more information call (212) 840-0770 or visit www.broadwaycares.org.
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