2001: A Strip Odyssey
Eleven years ago, then-chorus boy Jerry Mitchell was getting a lot of attention for baring his butt nightly in The Will Rogers Follies when he thought, “Hmm…” That spark of inspiration has led to one of the most popular benefit events of every Broadway season, Broadway Bares, in which the theater world’s sexiest and healthiest bodies take it all off for a good cause: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year, what was once just a naughty burlesque even had a bit of a plot thanks to The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife scribe Charles Busch. Okay, “plot” might be a strong word for it, but there were actual characters and a through-line. Ultimately, what the crowds came for was the comraderie of the evening and the sexy display of charity. The final total came to more than $340,000 – nearly $60,000 more than last year’s total!!
-Excerpt from BROADWAY.COM