On Sunday January 31, BROADWAY BARES returned to Splash, one of the most popular nightclubs in New York City, where it all started in 1992. Broadway Bares: Solo Strips featured seven of Broadway’s hottest male performers stripping to two capacity crowds to beat the original $8,000 take and raised $9,260. The evening was an homage to that very first Broadway Bares when Jerry Mitchell and six friends performed original strips on the bar at Splash for a $10 donation plus whatever tips the audience gave to the dancers.
There was something for everyone that night including:
A pimp: The Lion King’s Tony James
Felicia Finley, most recently of Catch Me If You Can and The Wedding Singer, opened the show belting the evening’s theme song, “Feels Like the First Time.” While hosting the evening, she encouraged everyone to tip generously and even took in her own tips helping us beat the record set by the very first Broadway Bares in 1992.
Broadway Bares creator and executive producer Jerry Mitchell opened the evening with a videotaped message from London announcing a fundraising goal of $1 million leading up to Broadway Bares 20, which will be held on June 20 at Roseland Ballroom.