The 29th annual Broadway Bares took place at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom with two performances on Sunday, June 16. The event ended up shattering records, raising $2,006,192 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which helps men, women and children across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling, and emergency financial assistance.
Themed "Broadway Bares: Take Off," the event recruited 192 of N.Y.C.’s sexiest dancers — and a special performance by Billy Porter. Audiences were not disappointed, to say the least.
Meanwhile, Broadway Bares Fire Island also shattered records, raising $78,227 and surpassing last year’s then-record of $59,207. Twenty-six dancers launched the Fire Island season with theatre-inspired moves and an equally as thirsty audience.
This year’s Broadway Bares Fire Island took audience members on a romp through sexy renditions of beloved Broadway shows like The Phantom of the Opera to Fosse, from The Cher Show to Sweeney Todd. The show also featured a performance on pointe, a pasodoble, fierce men in drag and, as always, sensational striptease.
On the West Coast, in San Francisco, Broadway Bares/San Francisco Strips IV “Comic Strips” brought in audiences and sizeable fundraising as well, with special guests Jai Rodriguez, Bruce Vilanch, Cassandra Cass and Leanne Borghesi.
Featuring a series of dances with lead characters based on some of your favorite comic book characters (who doesn’t want to see Batman and Robin makeout), it’s hard to find a show in seasons past with as much fervor and cleavage.