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Broadway Bares Hauls In Over $1.3 Million for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS - VIDEO

Alex Minsky

This weekend marked the 24th annual edition of the long running Broadway Baresthe take-it-off burlesque show fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS - one of the leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS organizations.

Rio_francoFeaturing performances by Alan Cumming, war veteran-turned-underwear model Alex Minsky, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bianca Del Rio giving actor James Franco a “full cavity search”, the rock-and-roll themed Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! altogether raised $1,386,105. 

Playbill reports:

The 75-minute show opened with two dads (Matthew Saldivar and Joey Taranto) complaining that they had been dragged to a One Direction concert by their daughters and reminiscing about the great old days of rock. Through the magic of Broadway Bares, they were whisked back in time to watch performances inspired by the likes of Elvis, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and Prince, with their memories putting the sex back in sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

To date, Broadway Bares has raised more than $11.3 million in the fight against AIDS.

Check out more photos from the night, including a video of Bianca Del Rio getting up-close with Franco’s exposed behind, AFTER THE JUMP

[photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia via Facebook]






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  1. I went. Had a really good time.

    Posted by: Jay M | Jun 24, 2014 8:58:24 PM

  2. Associating AIDS with male homosexuality is extremely anti-gay and anti-male. Broadway needs to stop being anti-gay and anti-male.

    When Broadway portrays male homosexuality, it's always as if we gay men are dead or dying.

    Posted by: petey | Jun 24, 2014 10:32:02 PM

  3. Aw, poor Petey. He doesn't know his history. So sad.

    Posted by: John | Jun 24, 2014 10:33:38 PM

  4. Trust me the men at this event weren't dead or dying.

    Posted by: Jay M | Jun 24, 2014 10:37:10 PM

  5. Jay M,

    The men on the stage were mostly straight guys. It wouldn't surprise me if they were paid by straight organizers.

    Posted by: petey | Jun 24, 2014 10:44:39 PM

  6. The other irony about Broadway Bares is that it uses sexualized images of men to raise money for a sexually transmitted illness. Sad and pathetic and fake.

    Posted by: petey | Jun 24, 2014 10:48:22 PM

  7. Sorry John, but the history and world of gay people does not only include AIDS. There are plenty of other things about gay life worth talking about.

    Posted by: Yup | Jun 24, 2014 11:09:31 PM

  8. Not at all. The whole point of the event is to raise money while celebrating the beauty and artistry of the body and to encourage the healthy expression of sexuality. Also, to have fun.

    None of which--CLEARLY!--has ever been experienced by Petey.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Jun 24, 2014 11:12:19 PM

  9. JeffNYC,

    You're deluded if you think flooding the stage with nearly-naked, writhing straight guys is a "healthy expression" of male homosexuality. It does do wonders for the bank account of Broadway Bares, no doubt.

    Posted by: petey | Jun 24, 2014 11:32:09 PM

  10. Sorry, but whether you like it or not, AIDS still exists and still affects the gay make population to a large degree, so yes, a fundraiser like this which is fun and sexual in a non-dangerous way is quite relevant in this day and age. Glad it's still around and so successful and hope to see it in person one day!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jun 24, 2014 11:46:15 PM

  11. A lovely and fun event! It is a night to raise money... and boy, does it!

    Posted by: Omar | Jun 24, 2014 11:47:52 PM

  12. I give up. Alex Minsky is it for me.

    Posted by: Teeganer | Jun 25, 2014 12:30:52 AM

  13. Petey, et al; No one gets paid to appear or perform at Broadway Bares; participation is all volunteer. The cast is mostly male and female broadway chorus members with a strong representation of straight and gay, just like America... ;-) The choreography is kickass, the feeling is bawdy and fun, everyone lets their hair down (well, there isn't a lot of hair, actually...) and just shows off their body and the moves and does it all to raise money for AIDS & HIV services of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. The fact of the experience is that it's both celebratory and moving...and a very healthy expression and experience of empowerment for all concerned.

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Jun 25, 2014 1:31:11 AM

  14. I think this event is a great way to raise money, but there are always people, who think every way is a wrong way.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Jun 25, 2014 3:22:12 AM

  15. Wear condoms !

    Posted by: truthseeker | Jun 25, 2014 5:12:45 AM

  16. While it is ostensibly for a good cause, I think it is a sleazy and awkward way to raise money. As stated, trashy sexualized production is an awkward way to combat a disease spread by sex.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Jun 25, 2014 7:56:16 AM

  17. PETEY!!!! STFU

    Posted by: KURT | Jun 25, 2014 8:07:36 AM

  18. There is a very slight chance that Petey may get laid sometime in the next decade or two. Maybe then he'll understand the healthy expression of one's sexuality.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 25, 2014 8:13:28 AM

  19. Petey - Please do not have children. One of you is more than enough.

    Posted by: jason MacBride | Jun 25, 2014 8:39:47 AM

  20. why do I find Franco so dammed a dirty way.

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jun 25, 2014 8:43:24 AM

  21. Petey Petey Petey.

    "When Broadway portrays male homosexuality, it's always as if we gay men are dead or dying."

    So I guess you missed Kinky Boots.

    "The men on the stage were mostly straight guys."

    Alan Cumming ain't straight, sweetie.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 25, 2014 9:29:52 AM

  22. Broadway Bares is a charity event started by a GAY MAN to raise money to fight AIDS. AIDS is still here, and our community is still affected, along with the straight community. Since it affects us all, why not have straight and gay (and bi, and men and women and people of all races...) participate... For free.... To raise money to fight AIDS? Sex sells and it's been a very successful event for years and years, helping many people in our community. If you find it sleazy, don't go. There are plenty of other ways, like the AIDS walk, for you to raise money to fight AIDS and HIV. But I for one and grateful for all the performers who are willing to bare a lot for a good cause. Bravo!

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Jun 25, 2014 10:16:20 AM

  23. Even if it was overtly sexual, the issue with HIV/AIDS isn't being sexual it's being safe and sexual. To me the paranoia of this being "oversexualized" hints to someone who looks at positive people as non-sexual beings. Are we all only supposed to appear on posters, smile and tell uplifting stories?

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 25, 2014 11:13:25 AM

  24. Petey, you are so ignorant of what you're talking about it pretty laughable.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 25, 2014 11:57:26 AM

  25. Wow, who knew there were so many prissy puritans reading towleroad. It must be hand for all these pursed lips to get along in the world without constantly being offended.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 25, 2014 11:58:23 AM

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