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BROADWAY BARES: WINTER BURLESQUE Raises $32,781 for BC/EFA

BROADWAY BARES: WINTER BURLESQUE Raises $32,781 for BC/EFA

The 24th season of Broadway Bares kicked off Sunday, January 26, 2014, with two eye-popping editions of Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque, raising $32,781 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

This year's edition of Winter Burlesque, dubbed Calendar Girl, took the standing-room-only audience on a scintillating journey through every month of the year - from a black tie (and little else) New Year's celebration to Santa taming his naughty elves. The show, performed twice at New York City's XL Nightclub, featured an opening number with two-time Tony Award nominee and Bares favorite Christopher Sieber (Pippin, Shrek the Musical, Spamalot), a finale with recording artist and Broadway veteran Matt Zarley, and a cast of 25 of New York's most talented and sexy dancers.

The event, which is produced by and benefited Broadway Cares, started a Bares season that will include Broadway Bares: Solo Strips in May and Broadway Bares 24 on June 22 at Hammerstein Ballroom located in the Manhattan Center, NYC. Tickets for Broadway Bares 24 are on sale now at broadwaybares.com and broadwaycares.org. This year's Broadway Bares 24 theme and details about Solo Strips will be announced later this spring.

The Calendar Girl cast included Cesar Abreu, Matt Anctil, Heather Lea Bair, Kristine Bendul, Patrick Boyd, Julius C. Carter, Barrett Davis, Anthony Rooar DeCarlis, Elizabeth Dugas, Carlos Gonzalez, Benjamin Horen, Rashaan James Ii, Anne Otto, Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Daniel Robinson, Matthew Rossoff, Michael Scirrotto, Justin Smith, Billy Steeves, Jena VanElslander, J. Morgan White, Ryan Worsing, and Sidney Erik Wright.

Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque was based on last summer's Fire Island Pines sensation and inspired by 1999's Broadway Bares IX: Calendar Girl. It was directed and choreographed by Michael Lee Scott, with additional choreography by Sidney Erik Wright and Arte Phillips. Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) is executive producer and creator of Broadway Bares.

Broadway Bares is presented by M·A·C VIVA GLAM and generously sponsored by United Airlines.

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.

Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.

For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/BCEFA, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/BCEFA, watch us on YouTube at youtube.com/BCEFA and pin us on Pinterest at pinterest.com/BCEFA.

Check out footage from this year's winter burlesque below!

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