The Tony Awards are over for this year (most overheard line at the watercooler: How about that Neil Patrick Harris opener!?), but there's still some Great White Way drama is to be had when Broadway Bares unspools this coming weekend. This fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is famous for its entertaining (and graphic!) annual presentation. The modern-day burlesque show features a bunch of sexy and underdressed Broadway performers (both male and female), who sing and dance around to a different theme each year. There are also usually big-name guest stars to up the fun quotient.
Started in 1992 by choreographer Jerry Mitchell, Broadway Bares has grown from a onetime event at Splash in which seven dancers shook their moneymakers to the tune of $8,000. Now, the show boasts a cast of more than 200 of the theater world's hottest entertainers, and will play two shows on Sunday, June 23, at Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd Street), which has hopefully recovered from the Black Party by now. (Btw, last year's Broadway Bares took in $1.2 million!)
The latest edition (No. 23) is subtitled "United Strips of America" and follows a couple of muscular guys on a racy road trip in which different musical numbers are geared to the various states they travel through. Special guests include recent Tony winners Billy Porter (for Kinky Boots) and Judith Light (for The Assembled Parties). For more information, visit BroadwayCares.org.