Friday, June 18, 2010

Broadway Bares at 20: The Later Years: 16 - 19


The most recent editions of Broadway Bares found the event really becoming an institution. More sponsors, larger crowds, a permanent home and ever increasing donations have really made this a key annual event for the community. Still under the guidance of founder Jerry Mitchell, the show has been guided by Mitchell mentee Denis Jones (Chicago) and Peter Gregus (Jersey Boys).

Click here for the first in the series; here for the second in the series, and here for the third in the series.  Here are years 16 - 19.

Broadway Bares XVI: New York Strip

Director: Denis Jones
When: June 18, 2006
Where: The Roseland Ballroom
How much was raised: $661,000
Theme: New York City
Opening Number: "The New York Strip"
Poster Model: Sara Gettlefinger (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Grey Gardens) as the waitress (center).
Firsts: A full storyline. Special guests Fran Drescher, Mario Cantone, Alan Cumming and The Jersey Boys guide "Chip and Chip" (2 out-of-towners, Barret Foa (Avenue Q, TV's NCIS: Los Angeles) and Andrew Rannells (Hairspray) through New York as they find their first Gay Pride festival. Cyndi Lauper sang the gay anthem "True Colors."

Chip and Chip

Chip and Chip meet the Jersey Boys

Cyndi Lauper and Alan Cumming

What the New York Strip is all about!

Broadway Bares XVII: Myth-Behavior

Director: Denis Jones
When: June 17, 2007
Where: The Roseland Ballroom
How much was raised: $743,000
Theme: The Greek and Roman Myths
Opening Number: "Nothin' Really Thrills Me Anymore"
The poster models: Ven Daniel (Tarzan) as Cupid, Marielys Molina (Come Fly Away) as Medusa, and Jeff Lewis (Fiddler on the Roof) as Bacchus
Firsts: 7,000 people saw the show. 235 dancers, 135 "strip-a-thon" dancers. The show featured David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth and Harvey Fierstein as Pandora, complete with her "box."

Harvey Fierstein as Pandora and her "box"


The Broadway Sirens:
Ashley Brown, Laura Bell Bundy and Deidre Goodwin

Matthew Risch as Hades


The Centaurs

Broadway Bares XVIII: Wonderland

Director: Denis Jones
When: June 22, 2008
Where: The Roseland Ballroom
How much was raised: $874,000 (the current record)
Theme: Alice in Wonderland
Opening Number: "Wonderland"
Poster Model: Mary Birdsong (Fame Becomes Me, Hairspray) as Alice (center)
Firsts: Fundraising record was set. South Pacific/Hairspray/Glee's Matthew Morison did his first strip as Hump-ty Dumpty!

Alice goes down the hole

Alice (Mary Birdsong) and
the White Rabbit (Tituss Burgess)

Spencer Liff (Cry-Baby) as
the Caterpillar

Matthew Morrison as
Hump-ty Dumpty, pre-fall...

...and with out his, um, shell...

The Mad Hatter's...

... tea party!

The Eat Me/Drink Me Boys

Broadway Bares 19.0: Click It!

Director: Peter Gregus (Jersey Boys)
When: June 21, 2009
Where: The Roseland Ballroom
How much was raised: $808,000
Theme: The Internet
Opening number: "Click It"
Poster Model: Tommy Berklund (A Chorus Line)
Firsts: 5,900 tickets were pre-sold. The first time there were "Strip-a-Thon" teams.

Star Daniel Reichard at the start of the show...

That's one use for the Internet...

Broadway Bares regular Daniel Robinson shows that fantasies come true (left)
Now, are these guys tight ends, wide-receivers, or one of each? (right)

Great Jersey!

...and Daniel Reichard at the end of the show!

The first 19 editions of Broadway Bares have raised over $6.5 million dollars!

  • Information and photos for this series of blogs comes from and the book Broadway Bares: Backstage Pass from Universe Books. Absolutely no copyright infringement is intended. All photos and facts are from those sources only, and in no way is its authorship and photography implied to be by anyone else.
  • For more information on the benefactors of Broadway Bares, go to:
  • Broadway Bares: Openings a CD of opening numbers is available for pre-order at the Broadway Cares online store/Broadway Bares Collection at

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