The show-within-a-show Broadway Bares began with a curtain-raising reveal of 100 beautiful, bouncing booties, all auditioning for a part in the next Broadway hit, “Top Bottoms of Burlesque.” As the delectable dance captain Callan Bergmann cut want-to-be bottoms, Fierstein, dressed as a drag queen appeared to introduce a “parade of asses," a pageant of bottoms colorfully representing each season in elegant showgirl costumes designed by two-time Tony winner Gregg Barnes. The opening number, choreographed by Mitchell and co-director Nick Kenkel, was written by Andrew Lippa and Hunter Bell.
Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque, the unrivaled evening of sexy striptease featuring 222 of New York’s sexiest and most talented dancers, celebrated its spectacular 25th edition on June 21, 2015 by raising $1,598,501 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The evening offered a bodacious Broadway Bares spin to the classic Broadway musical 42nd Street, the story of a bright-eyed ingenue looking to make it big on the Great White Way.
This year’s electrifying onstage spectacular featured a colorful cast of characters that included special guest appearances by Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Bianca Del Rio (Ru Paul’s Drag Race), four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, two-time Tony winner Judith Light, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita and two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber.
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 $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 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. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.