Over 5,000 people attended the performances which took place at 9:30 PM and midnight. The 24 editions of Broadway Bares have now raised more than $12.6 million for Broadway Cares.
The evening featured Cumming (Cabaret), "RuPaul's Drag Race" winner Bianca Del Rio and Maroulis (Rock of Ages), as well as Andy Karl (Rocky), Lesli Margherita (Matilda The Musical), Patrick Page (Casa Valentina), Christopher Sieber (Matilda The Musical) and Marine-turned-model Alex Minsky.
Broadway Bares, according to BC/EFA, "combines the naughtiness of burlesque with the razzle-dazzle of Broadway and has been a smashing success since its inception in 1992." The first Broadway Bares featured seven dancers performing choreographed stripteases on a bar and raised more than $8,000. Through 23 editions, Broadway Bares has raised more than $11.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The fundraiser was created by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, who also serves as executive producer. It is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, led by producing director Michael Graziano. This year’s edition is directed by Nick Kenkel.
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.