Broadway Bares, the modern-day burlesque spectacular produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will return to live performances this summer with a 30th anniversary celebration titled Broadway Bares: XXX. As previously announced, the performance is set for June 26 at 9:30 PM and midnight at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Watch the new teaser trailer above.
Laya Barak, who piloted the last live edition, Broadway Bares: Take Off in 2019, will again direct with associate direction by Jonathan Lee. Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, who created the fundraiser, and Nick Kenkel, a longtime Bares director and performer, continue as executive producers.
The one-night-only extravaganza of provocative new production numbers will be inspired by the show’s three-decade run. Fourteeen choreographers will draw inspiration from Bares’ titles and storylines of years past, bringing new takes to audience favorites. In addition to Barak, Kenkel, and Lee, choreographers include Al Blackstone, Jessica Castro, Armando Farfan, Ricky Hinds, Stephanie Klemons, Sekou McMiller, Michael Lee Scott, Gabby Sorrentino, Kellen Stancil, Andrew Turteltaub, and James Alonzo White.
“We’ve been waiting to celebrate our 30th anniversary in person for two years, and we are going full out,” Mitchell said. “It’s time to celebrate life and raise money to help provide meals and medication, health care, and hope for those who need a little help right now. Whether it’s been three years or 10 years since you last saw Bares, our 30th edition will be a show for the ages.”
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 atop a New York City bar and raised $8,000 for the cause. Because of the pandemic, the last two editions of Broadway Bares were virtual presentations. Since 1988, Broadway Bares has raised more than $21 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. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Tickets for Broadway Bares, which are now on sale, start at $75. For additional information, including VIP tickets and packages, visit BroadwayCares.org.