Photos and Video: BROADWAY BARES Will Celebrate 25th Anniversary This June with TOP BOTTOMS OF BURLESQUE!
Broadway Bares, the unrivaled evening of sexy striptease that benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will celebrate its 25th spectacular edition on Sunday, June 21, 2015, with Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque, a show inspired by the golden age of Broadway.
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 studly 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 will take to the stage at Hammerstein Ballroom for two sensational shows at 9:30 pm and midnight.
This year, Broadway Bares welcomes back to the director's chair its Tony Award-winning creator and executive producer,Jerry Mitchell, who directed and choreographed the Tony-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots and is directing the upcoming Broadway musical On Your Feet. Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque will be co-directed by Nick Kenkel, who also directed last year's Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! and Broadway Bares: United Strips of America in 2013.
"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," Mitchell 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."
Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased online at broadwaycares.org. VIP tickets include open bar and reserved table seats from special viewing areas. Also available are the exclusive "Stripper Spectacular" package, which includes a reserved table seat at either show, admission to a private cocktail party with Mitchell, a backstage tour and more; and the "Producers' Circle," which includes the "Stripper Spectacular" offerings plus unprecedented access all weekend long. For more information and merchandise, visit broadwaybares.com.
Last year's Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! raised a staggering $1,386,105.
Mitchell, a two-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer, conceived and directed the first 13 editions of Broadway Bares and has served as executive producer ever since. He created Broadway Bares when he was a dancer in The Will Rogers Follies.
The first Broadway Bares featured Mitchell and six friends stripping on a bar and raised $8,000. To date, the 24 editions ofBroadway Bares have raised more than $12.6 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The presenting sponsor of Broadway Bares is M•A•C VIVA Glam, with generous support from BC/EFA corporate partner 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 1988BC/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 in all 50 states 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.
Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles
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