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 this past Sunday, June 17, by raising a record-breaking $1,254,176 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BroadwayWorld has the first video teaser of the scandalous evening and brings you the montage below. Stay tuned for the full highlights from the event coming soon!
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").
Making special appearances were Academy Award-nominee Jennifer Tilly as an evil stepmother and New York drag queen Lady Bunny. Two-time Tony Award-nominee Christopher Sieber and Bares veteran Rachelle Rak led the show's famous "rotation" where the entire cast appears on stage to receive individual tips from audience members.
Judith Light, this year's Tony Award-winner for Featured Actress in Play for her role in Other Desert Cities, saluted the dancers and applauded the event's sponsors in the evening's finale. A longtime friend and supporter of BC/EFA, Light reminded the audience: "Safe sex is hot sex. And we can best love each other by always remembering to protect each other."
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 b has raised more than $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.
For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org.