Created in 1992 by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell as a fund raising event for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the inaugural Broadway Bares featured seven dancers stripping on a bar and raised about $8,000. Twenty-plus years later, the event is a completely choreographed extravaganza of modern burlesque. On June 23, Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America hit an all-time record high (for the fourth year in a row!) adding $1,430,241 to BC/EFA’s coffers. The evening featured special appearances by 2013 Tony Award winners Judith Light, Billy Porter, Alan Cumming and musical performers The Skivvies. Read the Playbill story.
Cast members Anthony Rapp, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rodney Hicks, Aiko Nakasone, Fredi Walker-Browne, and Jesse L. Martin (via FaceTime!) were joined by choreographer Marlies Yearby, casting agent Bernie Telsey, New York Theatre Workshop's James C. Nicola and Jonathan Larson's sister Julie Larson McCollum to talk about the historic production.
Wicked's latest installment in their "Out Of Oz" series features Aaron Tveit in studio performing a stripped-down version of "Popular." He is accompanied by Ben Cohn (who also did the arrangement) on piano and Ric Molina on guitar.