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“Broadway Bares” Brings The Heat To New York City

The annual revue raised nearly $1.5 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

California is dealing with record-breaking temperatures but on Sunday night, New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom heated up with the 2016 edition of Broadway Bares, the annual revue featuring some 150 chorus boys and girls in a sizzling burlesque revue benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Last night at Broadway Bares on demand… #broadwaybares #broadwaybares2016 #party #ondemand #bcefa

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As ever, the scintillating show featuring amazing acts—including an aerial number set to Rihanna’s “Umbrella”

And a telenovela-inspired number to Gloria Estefan’s “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”
Director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell started Broadway Cares in 1992 as a response to the AIDS crisis and its devastating affect on the Broadway community.

From its humble beginnings—Mitchell and six friends stripping on a bar—the show has evolved into a blockbuster featuring dozens of Great White Way performers and celebrities.

This year’s show featured appearances by Frankie Grande and Daniel Dae Kim, currently in the King and I.

Every year, the show ends with a “rotation,” in which the performers come out en masse and accept tips from the audience to boost the fundraising total even higher.

This year Broadway Bares: On Demand generated $1,482,724 for BC/EFA’s AIDS services. Since its debut, Broadway Bares has raised more than $14.3 million for AIDS services.

#bcefa #broadwaybares #orlando #barestv #pride

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Security was stepped up in the wake of last weekend’s mass shooting at an Orlando gay club, but producers made it clear the show must go on.

“We will safely gather this Sunday for ‪#‎BroadwayBares‬, as we have 25 times before, to celebrate the indomitable spirit and commitment of our community, which continues to believe in kindness, tolerance and acceptance of each other and our differences.”

Below, get a better look at Broadway Bares: On Demand


Can you "Debate This?" We didn't think so! #broadwaybares

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Chads and Beckys. #broadwaybares #bwaybares #bcefa #scaredstiff #80sdreams

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The boys of team barbae. #fullout #backstage #bwaybares #bootybootybooty @bcefa @greergisy @johnalix

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Wow… Where to begin?? What a night ;)) A huge thank you to Michael Lee Scott for trusting me to join a number knowing Id have to miss 2 weeks of rehearsals while I was still on tour and for having my back throughout everything. Thank you Nick Kenkel for turning out another amazing show. Thanks to Jerry Mitchell for creating a community of individuals who have nothing but love and acceptance. I really needed that two years ago coming off West Side Story and we all needed that this week. Thanks to our amazing team Aaron Libby Robert Piper Aléna Watters Matthew Alan Schmidt Nate Suggs Barrett Davis and anyone else I'm not Facebook friends with YET ;) To Judah Frank for being so gracious and giving on stage. to Trisha Doss and the entire team at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. As a team we smashed records this year and raised over $600,000 in strip-a-thon money alone bringing or total to over $1.4 million!!! So incredibly thankful to have this new family in Broadway Bares. #markmackillop #me #men #mood #singer #dancer #actor #broadwaybares #charity #sixpack #abs #aesthetics #community #love #happy #bares #bcefa #instagood #instadaily #body #fit #follow #followme

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NO this was not the newest number staring Nomi Malone at the Stardust THIS WAS #broadwaybares

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Baby got back #broadwaybares

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You're welcome. #broadwaybares

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#Repost @bcefa with @repostapp ・・・ Give it up for our #broadwaybares stars: @queenlesli & @michaellongoriasings.

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#bomdia #instagram #family! Here's a shot of our cast "Pump It!," From #Broadwaybares! If you missed the show last night, let me tel you…….it was HOT!!! I am so happy and grateful to finally get to work with the amazing @layabarak and @iamjonathanlee !!! It is always humbling to work with such an amazing cast (@getpumpedbway), and with two of the most inspirational people I know @jammyprod and @nkenkel and one of the most #amazing organizations in the world @bcefa. Last night we raised a ton of money for Broadway Cares, however the Strip-A-Thon links will still stay active for all of you that didn't get your donations in on time! (…No judgements…) Thank you, Thank you, Thank you everyone! …now let me get my behind to rehearsal for this new show! #actor #recording #artist #fitnessmodel #dancer #fitnessaddict #monday #goodmorning #bwaybares #baresTV #ripped #shredded #cmichael #cmichaelsmusic

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What an amazing show and great way to start Pride…I had so much fun thanks Brendan and Adrian. #broadwaybares #killedit

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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.