Broadway Bares will celebrate its 25th spectacular edition with Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque this Sunday the 21st of June in NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom!!! A show inspired by the golden age of Broadway, but with sexy and hot stripteases that benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The show will welcome back to the director’s chair Jerry Mitchell, Bares’ two time Tony Award-winning creator and executive producer. Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque will be co-directed by Nick Kenkel, who also directed Broadway Bares: United Strips of America in 2013 and last year’s Broadway Bares: Rock Hard!!!In a lavish and thrilling extravaganza, Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque will feature a cast of colorful characters for every desire and fantasy. Broadway’s iconic personalities, from devilish divas to charismatic casting directors, luscious lyricists to hunky stagehands, will combine the naughtiness of burlesque with the razzle-dazzle of Broadway. More than 150 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City take to the stage for two sensational shows at 9:30 pm and midnight.
The first Broadway Bares was presented in 1992 by Jerry Mitchell and the company of The Will Rogers Follies at Splash bar. Eight dancers “in rotation” on the bar raised more than $8,000. Since then, the event has continuously performed to sell-out crowds in some of Manhattan’s largest clubs. To date, the 24 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $12.6 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
“A lot of things can happen in 25 years, but who would’ve thought that seven guys dancing on a bar could grow into an annual event that has raised so much to help people living with HIV and AIDS,” Jerry said. “Broadway Bares has done that. And this year we’re going full out, maybe even with a top hat and our version of tails, ’cause if, baby, you’re a bottom, you’re the top.”
Ben Ryan tells: “This is a very special year for me and my ongoing participation in Broadway Bares. For the dazzling burlesque show’s 25th anniversary, its founder, the great Jerry Mitchell, will return to the helm as director. And more personally, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of my involvement in the HIV/AIDS cause. I started as a volunteer at the Northwest AIDS Foundation in Seattle in 1995, then worked as an HIV test counselor at Columbia during undergrad, and have been covering the disease as a journalist since 2001 (all while juggling the whole ballet thing)”.
I heard this is maybe your last year? “Yes, This may be my last year in the show—at the very least I intend to take a break for a while” he says. “This is a crucial time in the HIV epidemic, when we have come to realize that we have the tools to turn the corner and truly send the virus into the retreat. But such a battle doesn’t come cheap. So I encourage those of you who are more fortunate to give as generously as you can. Help make a difference in the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses nationwide. So I’m hoping you’ll join me in making this a truly lucky seventh year for me by adding big bucks to the cumulative $75,000 I’ve raised in my previous six years in Bares–my goal is to reach a grand total $80,000! “ #80KBares25
The presenting sponsor of Broadway Bares is M•A•C VIVA Glam and United Airlines. Your support makes a difference too and it is never a bad thing to watch gorgeous bare-naked bodies entertain you on stage, isn’t it? ;o)