BROADWAY BARES XXII: HAPPY ENDINGS, a fairytale evening of modern-day burlesque featuring 227 of New York's sexiest dancers, made history for the third year in a row on June 17, by raising a record-breaking $1,254,176 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
BroadwayWorld was there for the big event, and we bring you the full opening number, which featured the talents of Kyle Dean Massey, Miriam Shor, and many more!
BROADWAY BARES XXII: HAPPY ENDINGS transformed our favorite fairytales into crazy-hot, spectacular come-to-life stories as told by a bevy of Broadway's best performers. From Snow White to Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio to The Pied Piper, BROADWAY BARES XXII spun the classics into contemporary fantasy as more than 6,000 people packed Roseland Ballroom for two sold-out performances.
With this year's record total, the 22 editions of BROADWAY BARES have now raised more than $9.8 million for Broadway Cares. Last year's 21st edition of BROADWAY BARES raised $1,103,072; the 20th anniversary edition in 2010 was the first to break $1 million. BROADWAY BARES started in 1992 and featured seven dancers stripping on a bar, raising about $8,000.
BROADWAY BARES was created by Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell who serves as executive producer. It is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS led by Producing Director Michael Graziano. This year's edition was conceived by director Lee Wilkins with associate director Michael Lee Scott.
In all, 17 extraordinarily talented choreographers contributed to the evening's numbers. Also creating unforgettable numbers to make BROADWAY BARES XXII: HAPPY ENDINGS a record-breaking evening were Marc Kimelman and aerialist choreographer Brandon Perayda ("Sleeping Beauty"), Stephanie Klemons ("Rapunzel"), Lorin Latarro ("Pinocchio"), Josh Rhodes ("Snow White") and Charlie Williams ("Mirror, Mirror").
For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org.
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