Broadway's Brightest Strip Down to Raise $1.48 Million for Charity

Broadway Bares
Photo by Daniel Roberts

Broadway Bares

At the annual Broadway Bares burlesque benefit show on Sunday (June 19), Broadway’s brightest once again stripped down to raise cash for a good cause. The show, titled Broadway Bares: On Demand, brought in $1.48 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS (BCEFA) from two titillating performances at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

To date, since launching in 1992, Broadway Bares has raised $15.8 million for Broadway Cares.

The 2016 edition of the Broadway Bares featured cameo appearances from Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Frankie Grande and Daniel Dae Kim, among others, as well as filmed bits featuring Gloria Estefan, Andrew Rannells, RuPaul's Drag Race winner Bob the Drag Queen, and more.

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198 dancers and more than 700 production staffers volunteered their time for the 2016 Bares shows in support of BCEFA. The organization is a nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization that has raised nearly $300 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the U.S.

“It's amazing how everybody in the industry literally comes together for two days straight and pulls this together,” says Nick Kenkel, the show’s director. “It's so uplifting… so many people volunteer their time -- I'm always amazed at how willing people are to help.”


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