Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
What we do together, makes a difference
9 pm Eastern on Sunday, June 20
From the front porch to the kitchen, the bedroom to the backyard, Broadway Bares: Twerk from Home will have the whole house swooning from all-new, highly produced virtual performances. The free and frisky stream, which for the second year replaces the in-person event because of the pandemic, is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
During the stream, NYC’s hottest dancers will perform intimate numbers created across the city under strict COVID safety protocols. In the show, the vaxxed and waxed performers grant access to life behind closed doors, where it’s rarely business on the top but always a party on the bottom. Broadway favorites Harvey Fierstein, J. Harrison Ghee, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Robyn Hurder, Peppermint and Jelani Remy will also make special appearances.
Broadway Bares: Twerk from Home is directed by Bares creator and Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell with co-directors Laya Barak and Nick Kenkel. The show will include choreography by Barak, Kenkel, John Alix, Al Blackstone, Frank Boccia, Karla Garcia, Jonathan Lee, Ray Mercer, Dylan Pearce, Jenn Rose, Luis Salgado, Michael Lee Scott, Gabriella Sorretino, Kellen Stancil, Rickey Tripp and James Alonzo White. More than 170 dancers signed on to perform in the virtual stream.
The celebratory finale, filmed outside in the heart of Times Square, is co-produced by Hunter Park Productions.
“Being back with the Broadway Bares family to create Twerk from Home has been an incredible reminder of how beautiful our theater community is, both inside and out,” Mitchell said. “Creating one more virtual edition of our beloved celebration in safe environments reinforces our belief that the best way to take care of ourselves is to take care of each other. We’ll be back in-person in 2022 to celebrate Bares‘ 30th birthday. Until then, let’s Twerk from Home!”
Costumes for the virtual presentation will be designed by Sam Brooks, Kenwyn Dapo, Jess Gersz, Alexander Cole Gottlieb, Jennifer Jacob, Jeff Johnson-Doherty, James Nguyen, Nicolas Putvniski, Justin Quackenbush, Jeffrey Wallach, TC Williams and DW Withrow. The hair designer for the finale is Ian Joseph. Caite Hevner serves as video production manager, joined by more than a dozen editors and directors of photography. Benedict Braxton-Smith leads the audio production team of sound and music editors. Bares veteran Johnny Milani returns as production stage manager, creating a team of more than 20 stage managers.
Though the stream is free, donations are welcome. Every dollar donated will help those across the country affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other critical illnesses receive healthy meals, lifesaving medication, emergency financial assistance, housing, counseling and more.
“As the theater industry looks optimistically toward opening its doors again this fall, I’m thrilled we are able to use what should be the end of this extended intermission to help ensure vital support for those in need,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “The money raised through Broadway Bares: Twerk from Home will be a necessary lifeline for individuals across the country still reeling from the effects of this pandemic, challenges that will not quickly or easily fade away.”
Broadway Bares’ 30th anniversary celebration, originally set for June 21, 2020, was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The in-person event is set to return in 2022 and will mark the 30th anniversary milestone then.
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 on a New York City bar and raised $8,000. Since then, Broadway Bares has raised more than $21 million for Broadway Cares.
Last year, tens of thousands of fans around the world “Zoomed In” to watch the first-ever digital edition of Broadway Bares, which raised $596,504 for Broadway Cares. The show included original numbers, unforgettable moments from past in-person editions, insider stories and special guest stars from the event’s 29 spectacular years.
Broadway Bares is generously supported by presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam, Caraa and these individual sponsors: John Schumacher, Joseph and Puppy Maxwell; Hollis Stern; Rick Lin & Evan Zazula; Joseph M. Montella, MD; Norm Rubenstein; Dave Wells & Marty Tatman; Stephen Billick; Ken Fulton; Howard Grossman, MD; Robert Kohl; Michael Leppen; and Anonymous (2).