Friday, July 04, 2008

Backstage Pass for Broadway Bares

This is probably very much a New York event but Tony-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell created Broadway Bares — an annual fleshfest benefit on behalf of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS — in 1992 after losing several friends to the disease.

Having choreographed The Full Monty, Mitchell provides somewhat less than that with these risqué revues, which consist of hundreds of the Great White Way's greatest performers shaking what will hopefully be their money-makers through a series of naughty sketches and elaborate dance routines set to familiar and sometimes original songs.

Counting this year's $875,000+ haul, Mitchell’s creation has brought in nearly $6 million dollars for AIDS over the past 16 years from a show that's traditionally only performed twice a night, once a year.

The show has such beautiful advertising, production values, participants and intentions, it was only a matter of time before a coffee-table book was born—the red-hot Backstage Pass: Broadway Bares offers 160 pages of promotional images, behind-the-scenes peeks and live moments that are not to be missed.

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