Broadway Bares Will Return to In-Person Performances for 30th Anniversary Celebration | Playbill

Broadway Cares Broadway Bares Will Return to In-Person Performances for 30th Anniversary Celebration

The modern-day burlesque spectacular is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


Broadway Bares, the modern-day burlesque spectacular produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will return to live performances this summer. The 30th anniversary celebration will be presented June 26 at 9:30 PM and midnight at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Laya Barak, who piloted the last live edition, Broadway Bares: Take Off in 2019, will again direct with associate direction by Jonathan Lee. Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, who created the fundraiser, and Nick Kenkel, a longtime Bares director and performer, continue as executive producers.

This year's theme and special guests will be announced later this spring.

Broadway Bares was created in 1992 by Mitchell, then a Broadway dancer, as a way to raise awareness and money for those living with HIV/AIDS. In Broadway Bares’ first year, Mitchell and six of his friends danced atop a New York City bar and raised $8,000 for the cause. Because of the pandemic, the last two editions of Broadway Bares were virtual presentations. Since 1988, Broadway Bares has raised more than $21 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Tickets for Broadway Bares, which are now on sale, start at $75. For additional information, including VIP tickets and packages, visit

Celebrating 30 Years of Broadway Bares

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