'Broadway Bares' Benefit Will Be Back With More Burlesque in June

Evan Zimmerman
Dancers perform in Broadway Bares: Game Night on June 17, 2018. 

The annual charity burlesque show will return on June 16 in New York City.

Broadway Bares, the annual one-night only charity burlesque show, will return for its 29th installment on June 16 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Last year’s saucy event, dubbed Broadway Bares: Game Night, brought in $1.88 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS (BC/EFA). In total, the 28 previous editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $19.1 million.

As usual, the 2019 Broadway Bares show will be performed twice -- at 9:30 p.m. and at midnight. Tickets are available now at BroadwayCares.org and range in price from $65 to a lavish VIP ticket for $3,000.

Earlier installments of Broadway Bares have featured a cavalcade of familiar faces and surprise cameos, including musicians such as Pentatonix’s Kirstin Maldonado, Vanessa Williams, Cyndi Lauper and Adam Lambert. However, the main stars of the show are the hard-working dancers of Broadway and New York; last year, more than 200 dancers and special guests took the stage.

The theme of the 2019 Broadway Bares show, as well as any special guests, will be announced later this spring. This year’s show will be directed by Laya Barak, who co-directed last year’s show, alongside Nick Kenkel. The latter will serve as an executive producer of the 2019 show with two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, the creator of Broadway Bares.

Broadway Bares benefits and is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and is one of a number of charitable shows produced by the organization each year. Among BC/EFA’s other annual charity events: Broadway Backwards (March 11), Easter Bonnet Competition (April 22 and 23), Broadway Bets (May 13), Broadway Barks (July), Fire Island Dance Festival (July 19-21), Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction (September) and Gypsy of the Year (December). (All dates subject to change.)

According to BC/EFA, the organization has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States since 1988.

View highlights of Broadway Bares: Game Night below. (Content may be slightly NSFW.)