We’re offering you a special edition of Theater Buff this month, as Broadway Bares celebrates its 25th spectacular edition of raising funds and awareness for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year’s unrivaled evening of sexy striptease is titled Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque, a show inspired by the golden age of Broadway.
The show will welcome back to the director’s chair Jerry Mitchell, Bares‘ two-time Tony Award-winning creator and executive producer. The 2015 edition will fill New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Sunday, June 21. Limited tickets are still available for the midnight performance.
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. This always sold-out annual event combines the naughtiness of burlesque and the razzle-dazzle of Broadway.
Prices for Broadway Bares range from $50-1000. VIP tickets include open bar and special viewing areas. Also available is the exclusive “Stripper Spectacular” package, which includes a reserved table seat at either show, admission to a private cocktail party with Mitchell and more. Or join the exclusive “Jerry Mitchell’s Producers’ Circle” for unprecedented access all weekend long. You must be at least 21 years old to attend Broadway Bares.
“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.”
Mitchell, who directed and choreographed the Tony-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots and is directing the upcoming Broadway musical On Your Feet, created Broadway Bares in 1992. It is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 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!, which raised a staggering $1,386,105. The first Broadway Bares featured seven dancers stripping on a bar and raised $8,000. To date, the 24 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $12.6 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.