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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.

I hope you'll come back for frequent visits, to see new reviews, to share opinions, to take a survey (or two), and to celebrate the shows and show people that have made the TheatreScene!

Jeff

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Broadway Bares at 20: The Middle 10 Years, Part I

TODAY'S BLOG MAY NOT BE WORK SAFE!

Originally, I thought I'd blog about the 20th edition of Broadway Bares each week, but I thought I had more time after the Tonys.  So, instead, I'll be blogging about it the rest of the week.  Hope that's ok...




Broadway Bares VI: Less is More

Directed by: Jerry Mitchell
When: May 5, 1996
Where: The Palladium
How much was raised: $76,000
Firsts: This was the first year of a Broadway Bares Theme Song, written by a Broadway composer.  This year's song: "Grin and Bare It"




Broadway Bares VII: The Barest Show on Earth

Directed by: Jerry Mitchell
When: May 4, 1997
Where: Webster Hall
How much was raised: $140,000! (almost double the previous year)
Theme: The Circus
Opening Number: "The Barest Show on Earth"
Firsts: MAC joined as the first annual corporate sponsor, and SpotCo developed a complete advertising campaign.  There were over 100 dancers and a custom built set.



Broadway Bares VIII: Peep Show

Directed by: Jerry Mitchell
When: May 10, 1998
Where: Webster Hall
How much was raised: $160,000!
Theme: Mother Goose
Opening Number: "Peep Show"
Firsts: Major celebrities were no longer just hosting, they are performing.




Broadway Bares IX: Calendar Girl

Directed by: Jerry Mitchell
When: May 23, 1999
Where: Roseland Ballroom
How much was raised: $226,000
Theme: The Calendar/Holidays
Opening Number: None this Year
Firsts: The show moved to its current home, the Roseland Ballroom.




Broadway Bares X: 10 Years of Sass, Class and Ass

Directed by: Jerry Mitchell
When: May 2000
Where: Roseland Ballroom
How much was raised: $283,000
Theme: Greatest Hits of the Past Shows
Opening Number: None this Year
Firsts: With the more permanent set and larger space, more dancers, and designers for each number, vintage numbers were revamped and restaged.

  • Information and photos for this series of blogs comes from http://www.broadwaybares.com/ and the book Broadway Bares: Backstage Pass from Universe Books. Absolutely no copyright infringement is intended. All photos and facts are from those sources only, and in no way is its authorship and photography implied to be by anyone else.
  • For more information on the benefactors of Broadway Bares, go to: http://www.broadwaycares.org/.
  • Broadway Bares: Openings a CD of opening numbers is available for pre-order at the Broadwat Cares online store/Broadway Bares Collection at http://www.broadwaycares.org/.

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Jeff

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