Pentatonix’s Kirstin Maldonado joined more than 200 dancers and special guest stars at the annual Broadway Bares benefit show on June 17 to sing, dance and strip off their clothes — all for a good cause. This year’s one-night-only extravaganza, Broadway Bares: Game Night, raised $1,875,090 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS (BC/EFA).
The game-themed evening — staged over two performances at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York — featured production numbers starring Broadway dancers, singers and actors in sexy adaptations of such familiar games as Clue, Battleship and Pictionary. (See some slightly not safe-for-work video highlights of the show below.)
“I was so happy to be able to be a part of Broadway Bares and had THE BEST time ever!” Maldonado said in an emailed statement. “The theater community is so incredible, kind and supportive.” The three-time Grammy Award winner — and former star of Kinky Boots on Broadway — took part in Broadway Bares: Game Night’s razzle-dazzle finale, singing about The Game of Life.
Other notable names that took to the stage: Grammy winner and two-time Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells (along with many of his co-stars in the Broadway play The Boys In the Band, including a nearly nude Charlie Carver, below); Tony nominee Ariana DeBose (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical); two-time Tony and Emmy winner Judith Light; Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita; Tony nominee Ashley Park (Mean Girls); and cast members of current Broadway shows like Frozen, Hamilton: An American Musical, Kinky Boots and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.
Broadway Bares has now earned a total of $19.1 million for BC/EFA since the show’s launch in 1992. 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.
“What better way is there to raise money for such an important organization like Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS than by celebrating all types of bodies, all types of relationships, and just acceptance overall?” Maldonado says. “I wanted to give back to a community that opened up their arms to me when I joined the company of Kinky Boots on Broadway. It’s a community that has given me so much — and makes sure those less fortunate get a healthy meal or get to the doctor’s or get emergency financial help! It truly is an incredibly special event.”
Over 700 volunteers teamed up to present Broadway Bares: Game Night, which is one of many charity fundraisers BC/EFA stages throughout the year. Broadway Bares: Game Night was directed by Nick Kenkel and Laya Barak and executive produced by Tony winner and Emmy nominee Jerry Mitchell (who created Broadway Bares in 1992).
In 2015, Mitchell told Billboard: “There’s such a spirit of community that has been built on this simple idea that I had, that just continues to snowball.”