Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque, the kick-off to a season of sexy striptease events that benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, featured two sizzling performances this weekend on January 27, at XL Nightclub (512 West 42nd Street). BroadwayWorld has a sexy first look at the cast onstage in the photos below!
Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque features more than 25 of Broadway Bares' sexiest dancers delivering a smoldering collection of choreographed stripteases. Based on last summer's Fire Island Pines sensation, Broadway Bares: Beach Burlesque, the winter version is sure to be a sexy tonic for anyone's cold-weather blues.
Each show was followed by Bares' famous "rotation," where the performers freestyle dance for individual donations. Rotation will be hosted by Broadway Bares favorite Jen Cody.
International recording artist Matt Zarley, who last month won best single and best album honors at the 8th Annual Out Music Awards, sang the show's finale, "Trust Me," a Billboard and UK dance hit from Zarley's most recent, critically acclaimed album, Change Begins with Me.
Performers for Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque include Cesar Abreu, Samantha Berger, Adam Fleming, Judah Gavrah, Lauren Gemelli, Andrew Glaszek, Christopher Jackson, Christopher Michael Lacey, John Paul LaPorte, Brandon Rubendall, Angie Schworer, George Smallwood, Justin Smith, Matthew Steffens, Jamal Story, Grant Thomas, Rickey Tripp, Steven Wenslawski and Sidney Erik Wright.
Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque is directed by Michael Lee Scott. The 2013 Bares season will continue with Broadway Bares: Solo Strips on May 5 and Broadway Bares: Fire Island on June 1, before concluding with Broadway Bares 23 on June 23 at Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd Street, NYC).
Broadway Bares was created in 1992 by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), who serves as executive producer. It is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. To date, the 22 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $9.8 million for Broadway Cares.
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 $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 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, visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/BCEFA, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/BCEFA and pin us on Pinterest at pinterest.com/BCEFA.
Photo Credit: Danny Roberts (unless otherwise specified)
Winter Burlesque on the video wall
Sarah Grooms and Matthew Steffans in THE BANKER
Matthew Steffens and Cast in THE BANKER
Stephan Choiniere and Daria Chamanskaia in SPELLBOUND
Sarah Grooms, Samantha Berger, Adam Fleming, Lauren Gemelli and Jenny Gruby in RAISE THE ROOTS (Photo Credit: Kevin Thomas Garcia)
Steven Wenslawski in FRINGE BENEFITS
Sidney Erik Wright and Cast in FRINGE BENEFITS
Cast of FRINGE BENEFITS (Photo Credit: Kevin Thomas Garcia)
Full Cast in Finale (Photo Credit: Kevin Thomas Garcia)
Christopher Jackson and Jamal Story in EXOTIC
Judah Gavra and Cesar Abreu in BY THE SEA (Photo Credit: Kevin Thomas Garcia)
Cast of BY THE SEA
Lauren Gemelli, Samantha Berger, Angie Schworer, Jenny Gruby and Sarah Grooms in BURLESQUE IS BACK
Justin Smith and the Cast in A BIG MAN
Cast of A BIG MAN