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July 04, 2006

Broadway Bares 16

This hotly anticipated annual event combines the naughtiness of burlesque and the razzle-dazzle of Broadway and has been a smashing success since its inception in 1992. Created by Jerry Mitchell, the event features the hottest male and female dancers on Broadway and has become one of Broadwaybares_poster Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS' signature events.This year’s show was themed “New York Strip” and roughly followed the travels of “Chip and Chip” (Barret Foa from AVENUE Q and Andrew Rannells from HAIRPSRAY), a young gay couple from Idaho who were visiting NYC for the first time. Their adventure started with a tutorial from sassy diner waitress Gina (played by DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS’ Sara Gettlefinger) on the culinary pleasures of eating out in the Big Apple, complete with a living menu of spectacular “Daily Special” Showgirls.“The Chips” were aided in their attempt to find their way to Roseland for BROADWAY BARES by celebrity guests including Fran Drescher, Alan Cumming, Mahagony and THE JERSEY BOYS’ John Lloyd Young, J. Robert Spencer, Daniel Reichard and Dominic Nolti. Mario Cantone finally brought the boys to Roseland and concluded the show with “ New York, New York as the evening’s finale. Other celebrities who appeared included Marisa Jaret Winouker in the fashion show featured in the “Transit Strike” number and TARZAN’s Josh Strickland being stripped by an ensemble of female construction workers in “Construct This.”

Broadwaybares_01 Highlights of the night included hot firefighters taking it off aided by a chorus of female “flames”, the aerial brilliance of “The Living Art of Armando” in the Studio 54 section and the “Rock-Hard-Ettes” precision strip which ended with a cannon blasting each of them to the ground. The stand-out performance of the night was special guest Cyndi Lauper, who stopped the show with her rendition of “True Colors”, complete with a surprise trenchcoat flash to the audience.At the end of each show, the dancers stayed on stage for the “rotation” where audience members tipped a total of $22,836 helping to push the evenings grand total to a record-breaking $559,500.
Wanna see some Behind the Scenes footage? Click here to watch Backstage at Broadway Bares 16
Thanks to our friend Lestat for letting us know about this event...


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