Sexy Fundraiser ‘Broadway Bares: Zoom In’ Raises Nearly $600K

Broadway Bares goes virtual in 2020

Broadway Bares: Zoom In, this year’s virtual edition of the acclaimed annual fundraiser, raised a spectacular $596,504 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Every dollar donated will go to provide healthy meals, lifesaving medication, emergency financial assistance and so much more to people living with HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and other critical illnesses.

From BC/EFA Director Tom Viola:

Saturday night’s virtual BROADWAY BARES: ZOOM IN was epic! An outstanding show and fundraising opportunity!

Thanks to all 93,000+ folks who joined us this past Saturday night and over the weekend online to raise $596,504.

What a way to celebrate 30 years of fierce performances, dynamic fundraising and a community’s passionate commitment to extending itself to others and personal well-being. There have always been so many people involved with making Bares happen, and this year’s virtual edition – even in the midst of all that currently challenges us – showed the depth and breadth of our commitment to take care of each other.

Thank you to ZOOM IN’s remarkable creative and technical team, guest hosts and interviewees, all lead by the impeccable and gracious genius of Jerry Mitchell.

We will be back – live, sexy and in-person – at Hammerstein Ballroom in June 2021.

The cast of Broadway Bares: Zoom In! (photo: Matthew Murphy)

Since March 12, Broadway Cares has:

• Sent more than $6.5 million to The Actors Fund through our COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund

• Award another $1 million to the Every Artist Insured program

• Grant $2 million to many nearly overwhelmed social service agencies across the country with $885,000 in additional emergency grants to those serving many who fall outside of the usual safety net of social services

If you haven’t yet, you can watch the awesome one-hour show below or on YouTube here. And if you feel moved to donate a few dollars, you can do that here.

Sensational Striptease Goes Virtual – ‘BroadwayBares: Zoom In’

Broadway Bares goes virtual in 2020

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is taking its signature sensational striptease online for the first time with Broadway Bares: Zoom In, a celebratory virtual edition streaming on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

The free and frisky stream of Broadway Bares, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, begins at 9:30 pm Eastern.

Viewers can enjoy the virtual entertainment at broadwaycares.org/bares, on Broadway Cares’ YouTube channel, broadwaybares.com and on streaming media partners BroadwayWorld.com, iHeartRadioBroadway.com, Playbill.com, TheaterMania.com and the Pride Media family of sites including Advocate.com and Out.com.

Although this year’s in-person 30th-anniversary celebration, originally set for June 21, was postponed until 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual evening will live on digitally through streamed sizzling striptease featuring NYC’s hottest dancers.

The online event will celebrate Broadway Bares with new performances that make social distancing sexy, plus favorite numbers from years past and new appearances by special celebrity guests.

“We’re so excited to bring the heat of Broadway Bares to screens around the world for the first time with Broadway Bares: Zoom In,” Bares creator and Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell said. “This year’s performers have gone full-out in both their show-stopping dance moves and desire to make a difference. You’ve got to Zoom In because it’s sure to make your laptop tingle and your cell phone vibrate!”

Though the stream is free, donations are welcome. Every dollar donated will help those across the country affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other critical illnesses receive healthy meals, lifesaving medication, emergency financial assistance, housing, counseling and more. The donations also support and champion organizations focused on social justice and anti-racism.

Sponsorship opportunities, which include pre- and post-show virtual cocktails parties with performers and recognition during the show, are available at broadwaycares.org/sponsorbares .

Broadway Bares was created in 1992 by Mitchell, then a Broadway dancer, as a way to raise awareness and money for those living with HIV/AIDS. In Broadway Bares’ first year, Mitchell and six of his friends danced on a New York City bar and raised $8,000.

Last year, Broadway Bares took stars and fans alike on a romp around the world at Broadway Bares: Take Off. The tantalizing twist on travel raised a record-breaking $2,006,192. The 29 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $21.2 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

(via BroadwayCares.org)

Celebrating XXX Broadway Bares: A Fundraising Video Tribute

 

Guest post by Lawrence Pfeil Jr.

In 1992 when the first Broadway Bares was put on, or rather “taken off,” at Splash bar in New York City by Jerry Mitchell and the company of The Will Rogers Follies.

It was a late-night fundraiser for the newly formed Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Eight dancers “in rotation” on the bar go-go dancing raised more than $8,000.

Since then, Broadway Bares has grown in size, scope, and spectacular sizzle becoming the “hottest ticket in town” every year. Playing to sell-out crowds in some of Manhattan’s largest clubs, last year’s 29th edition, Take Off! raised a record-shattering $2 Million.

Tonight, BC/EFA would have celebrated 30 years of baring it all in the fight against AIDS, the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancelation of Broadway Bares XXX and has been rescheduled for June of 2021. But their vital and lifesaving work continues, and the need has only increased in the fight against this new pandemic.

Since March BC/EFA has raised nearly $6M to support everyone in the entertainment industry who has been devastated by the pandemic.

In the spirit of “the show must go on,” we’ve curated our “Best of Broadway Bares” past and present in tribute to the show that “should be” tonight and our plea for your support of BC/EFA. If you are able, please consider donating to BC/EFA here. Thank You!

On with the Show!

From 1997’s Barest Show on Earth at Webster Hall, this is “Anti-Gravity:”

Presented at the legendary Roseland, here’s the Opening Number from Broadway Bares 2006, “The New York Strip:”

United Strips of America, “Maine” from 2013:

A lot goes into Broadway Bares before the clothes come off like this scandalous photoshoot, hosted by Tony Award-winning director/choreographer and the creator of Broadway Bares, Jerry Mitchell.

To date, the 29 editions of Broadway Bares have raised over $21M, but there won’t be another one until June 2021. Before our second act starts, if you’re able please consider supporting BC/EFA directly through this link.

Now, off with their clothes!

“Throne Games” was On Demand at the Hammerstein Ballroom in 2016:

You’re not crazy – from 2017’s Strip U, “Psych Class” is HOT AF:

“Flashlight Tag” from Game Night 2018 in 360 makes you feel like you’re it!

From last year’s Take Off! here’s your “Ground Crew:”

Our Grand Finale is from an online performance just released from the 25th sizzling edition in 2015.

In a statement from BC/EFA, “It wouldn’t be Father’s Day without Broadway Bares. And while we can’t all gather together tonight as we’d like, we’re excited to share – for the first time online – “Undress Rehearsal” from Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque.

You may not be aware, but shouldn’t be surprised, BC/EFA recently made $125K in grants to several Social Justice organizations including The Bail Project, Color of Change, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In their continued commitment to equality and anti-racism, “These three organizations will also be added to Broadway Cares’ National Grants Programs, ensuring annual grants continue in 2021.”

At the end of every performance when BC/EFA is fundraising, there’s always volunteers with their red bucket waiting to take your donations and this is no exception.

If you’re able please donate with PRIDE here.

By the way, videos of all Broadway Bares events are available for purchase HERE

Thank you!

Larry and Randy

 

p.s. You can check out my post from last year chronicling my long history with BC/EFA, “Pride in my Tribe: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,” here.


Lawrence Pfeil, Jr., is a freelance writer/playwright who has reviewed film and theatre, both on and off-Broadway, for media outlets including The Randy Report, the New York Blade, and Edge Publications. You can follow him at TheOUTfront.com.

News Round-Up: May 1, 2020

DJ/producer David Nazar (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: DJ/producer David Nazar (above) sends regards from his “balcony vacation” in Miami, Florida. Follow him on Instagram here.

Human Rights Campaign: May is officially recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, and now more than ever, it’s crucial to shine a light on mental health in the LGBTQ community. Click the link for information about how LGBTQ people are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, lowered self-esteem, and even suicidal thoughts compared to their straight and cisgender peers.

Broadway Bares: The 30th-anniversary performance of the annual striptease spectacular, featuring the sexist dancers on Broadway, is being postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the June spectacle has been postponed, plans are in the works to still celebrate Broadway Bares online this summer. Check out this clip from last year’s “Game Night” edition.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: An internal poll conducted for the Georgia House GOP Caucus held bad news for U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the former financial executive who dumped millions in stocks after receiving coronavirus briefings in January. Loeffler only received 11% support in the survey regarding her upcoming race this fall, and essentially tied with two Democratic candidates. U.S. Rep. Doug Collins leads the field with 29% of the vote and outpaces Loeffler among Republicans by a 62-18 margin.

KIT212: Check out Kenneth’s weekly look at what’s making news in LGBTQ magazines like South Florida’s Hot Spots! (below).

Gay Star News: Magistrates in Israel have ruled the ironically named Rainbow Color print shop must compensate an LGBT+ association after it refused to print posters for the Ben Gurion University LGBT group three years ago. The Beersheba Magistrates Court said the duty to serve customers comes before religious beliefs.

Instagram: In the middle of Madonna’s ‘Madame X’ themed post on Thursday, the pop-star revealed she’d “taken a test” and found out she “had the antibodies.” Madge didn’t elaborate as to when she was tested.

She added, “So tomorrow, I’m just going to go for a long drive in a car, and I’m going to roll down the window, and I’m going to breathe in, I’m going to breathe in the COVID-19 air. Yup. I hope the sun is shining.” Note – scientists have not determined if having the coronavirus makes one immune going forward.

 

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Video: Check Out The Sexy Highlights From ‘Broadway Bares 2019’

Cast members of ‘Broadway Bares: Take Off’
(photo: Billy Bustamante) 

Broadway’s sexiest event of the year, Broadway Bares, offered a spectacular romp around the world this past weekend, and we’ve got the video to prove it.

Over two performances at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City Sunday night, Broadway’s hottest dancers raised a record-breaking $2+ million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Thanks to BC/EFA, men, women and children across the country receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance.

This year’s theme, Broadway Bares: Take Off, featured nearly 200 performers onstage including Tony & Grammy Award winner Billy Porter, two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber, GLEE alum Alex Newell and Grammy/Tony nominee Ashley Park.

Check out the highlights reel:

The travel theme allowed the creators to take the audience on a sexy, sensual, fun-filled trip around the world.

One number, titled “Ground Crew,” showed what happens when a flight is delayed on the tarmac and the all-male ground crew has to sweat through their shift.

Led by Adam Perry, the number (choreographed by Andrew Turteltaub) featured buff baggage handlers taking care of business.

Other highlights included a sexy ‘mile-high club’ number; an all-female excursion through Amsterdam’s Red Light district; and a Parisian fashion show led by Pose star Billy Porter that evolved into a vogueing battle.

With this year being the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the show’s travels ended (where else?) with a performance set in the historic Stonewall Inn.

Porter also returned at the end of the show to perform his new Pride anthem, “Love Yourself.”

Addressing the packed crowd, Porter spoke passionately of “community” and “unbowed determination.”

“Broadway Bares is about the joy of community, the love we share and the care we show for each other,” said the Tony Award winning actor. “These are both glorious and difficult days. We have so much to celebrate and be proud of. But at the same time we are surely shaken, angry and saddened by the cruelty, inequality and torrent of lies that confront us on a daily basis.”

“But as I look over this beautiful audience and see thousands standing together, unbowed, we will not be dismissed or demeaned. For we are empowered by love, determination and courage,” he continued. “We will not be stigmatized for the very things that make us beautiful, expressive beings.”

And yes, it does take a village. In addition to the 200 onstage performers, backstage there were 41 stage managers and 700 volunteers, including 70 MAC makeup artists, all helping to make the magic.

With 29 editions of the ‘striptacular’ event now on the books, Broadway Bares has raised an amazing $21.1 million for BC/EFA.

Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $300 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses.

Just to give you a sense of how massive the event is, here’s a clip from the finale via Broadway Bares creator, Tony Award winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell:

Get Ready To ‘Take Off’ With Broadway Bares 2019

Audiences for this year’s globetrotting edition of Broadway Bares will get to travel the world and check out the sexy sights when New York City’s hottest dancers take to the stage of the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 16 for two amazing performances.

Broadway Bares: Take Off, the 29th edition of the sexy annual fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will offer sky-high striptease set to today’s pop music. With skin-tastic, travel-inspired modern burlesque, Broadway Bares: Take Off will definitely put the lust in wanderlust.

According to press materials, this worldwide romp will feature dance vignettes “from a risqué red light district to a tantalizing taming of the bull; from a mega-hot Burning Man to a celebratory return to Stonewall, you’re invited on a worldwide romp with sexy dancers as your frisky flight crew, tour guides and cultural attachés.”

Created in 1992 by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray, The Full Monty), the soon-to-be Broadway director/choreographer invited six friends to join him for a night of go-go dancing at a New York City bar. That evening raised over $8,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Fast forward to 2018, where Broadway Bares: Game Night, a tantalizing twist on board games, raised a whopping $1.875 million. The 28 editions of Broadway Bares has raised more than $19.1 million.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDSis the major supporter of essential social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.

The two performances of Broadway Bares: Take Off are scheduled for 9:30pm and midnight. The evening is guaranteed to be some of the most fun you’ll have on a Sunday night, so get your tickets now.

Note – the shows do sell out.

For ticket info click here. Check out highlights from recent editions of Broadway Bares below.

‘Broadway Bares: Game Night’ Raises $1.8 Million For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

‘Broadway Bares: Game Night’ (photo: Evan Zimmerman)
The annual fundraiser Broadway Bares crushed it once again Sunday night as Broadway’s hottest dancers and the production crew came together to raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The dancers and choreographers have spent weeks not only learning and perfecting the scintillating numbers performed last night but campaigning online for donations.

BroadwayBares: Game Night, this year’s record-breaking edition of the annual spectacular, featured sexy, titillating production production numbers based on your favorite board games for two late night performances.

The cast of 'Broadway Bares: Game Night' play Battleship
The cast of ‘Broadway Bares: Game Night’ play Battleship (screen capture)

Directed by Nick Kenkel, the show featured sexy riffs on games like Battleship, Pictionary (“Striptionary”), Candy Land, Operation, Old Maid (who proved she was anything but), and more.

Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: Game Night raised $1,875,090 with two standing-room-only performances on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

The Boys in the Band’s Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Michael Benjamin Washington and Tuc Watkins appeared in a special trivia game sketch.

Charlie Carver of 'The Boys in the Band' plays strip-trivia at Broadway Bares
Charlie Carver of ‘The Boys in the Band (screen capture)’

For each wrong answer, young Charlie had to remove an article of clothing until the penultimate moment when Zach Quinto ripped off Carver’s thong to screams from the packed-house.

Congrats to Tom Viola of Broadway Cares and Tony Award winner and creator of Broadway Bares, Jerry Mitchell, on another incredible night to help others!

Watch a few highlights below.

Broadway Bares 2018 – “Game Night”

(all photos Andrew Eccles)

Broadway Bares: Game Night, the annual striptease spectacular benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place June 17 at 9:30 PM and midnight at the Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th Street).

The performances, featuring more than 150 of the most talented dancers in New York City, will put a seductive spin on games you know and love, from a pulsating poke at pinball to saucy virtual reality video games.

Created in 1992 by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Broadway Bares has raised more than $17.4 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Tickets for Broadway Bares range from $50 to $3,000. For more information, visit BroadwayCares.org.

They can sink my battleship any time… 🙂

A game of CLUE, anyone?

Podcast: RuPaul Sashays To Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Virginia Could Elect 1st Trans Lawmaker

In this week’s LGBT news on The Randy Report podcast:

• Virginia could elect the country’s first out transgender legislator this fall

• Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs “license to discriminate” bill into law

• Military chiefs have asked for a six month delay in recruiting transgender recruits

• Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resign saying that President Trump “doesn’t care about HIV”

• Broadway Bares takes this year’s edition of the scintillating charity event back to college raising over $1.5 million in one night

• And RuPaul gets to sashay his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report


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Video Highlights: Broadway Bares 2017 Raises $1.6 Million

Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: Strip U raised $1,568,114 in two performances on June 18, 2017 at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Broadway Bares: Strip U was the 2017 edition of the striptease spectacular that is one of the hottest tickets in town each year.

At Broadway Bares 2017, a spirited audience of thousands went back to campus with stripped-down collegians who offered a sexy lacrosse scrimmage, Pavlovian psychology experiment, pumped-up pep rally and fierce feminist studies class.

Broadway Bares 2017 stripped away the fears of freshmen and saluted seniors as a journey across the Strip U campus took us to a seductive observatory, exploding chemistry lab, steamy fine arts class, frat party-turned-Greek god fantasy, a lesson in stiletto strutting and on a trip to Cuba for a sizzling semester studying abroad.

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 $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.