'Broadway Bares' Benefit Will 'Take Off' in June With Travel-Themed Burlesque Show

Andrew Eccles
Broadway Bares

In what promises to be a titillating travelogue of sexy sights, the annual burlesque benefit show Broadway Bares has announced its globetrotting 2019 theme: Take Off.

The one-night only, music-filled event returns for its 29th installment on June 16 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and will feature more than 150 of New York and Broadway’s best dancers stripping and strutting their stuff. (Watch a slightly NSFW teaser for the show, below.) In total, the 28 previous editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $19.1 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).

According to a press release, the show will “offer a spectacular evening of sky-high striptease with international flair.” Among the exotic settings promised for Broadway Bares: Take Off — a “risqué red light district” and a “tantalizing taming of the bull,” along with visits to Burning Man and Stonewall. Meanwhile, the audience’s journey will be guided by a bevy of dancers as flight crew, tour guides and “cultural attachés.”

In the past, Broadway Bares has featured a familiar faces from the world of music, including Pentatonix’s Kirstin Maldonado, Vanessa WilliamsCyndi Lauper and Adam Lambert. Special guests for Broadway Bares: Take Off will be announced closer to the show date.

Broadway Bares: Take Off will be performed twice on June 16 -- at 9:30 p.m. and at midnight. Tickets are available at BroadwayCares.org and range in price from $65 to a VIP ticket for $3,000.

Broadway Bares: Take Off 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: Take Off benefits and is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and is one of a number of charitable events produced by the organization each year. Among BC/EFA’s other annual charity events: Broadway Backwards, Broadway Bets (May 13), Broadway Bares Fire Island (June 1), Broadway Bares (June 16), Broadway Barks (July 13), Fire Island Dance Festival (July 19), Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction (Sept. 22), Hudson Valley Dance Festival (Oct. 12), Broadway Run (Nov. 2), and Red Bucket Follies (Dec. 9-10). (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.