Broadway Bares: Game Night, the annual striptease spectacular benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, took place June 17 at the Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th Street). This years performance raised $1,875,090 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The evening gave game night a tantalizing twist with striptease production numbers inspired by board, video, and arcade games.
The show was directed by Nick Kenkel, co-choreographer of Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse, and Laya Barak, a dancer and choreographer whose work has appeared in the last four editions of Broadway Bares. Aaron Hamilton was the associate director.
The Boys in the Band’s Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesús, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins appeared as special guests and were challenged with trivia questions. For each incorrect answer by the cast, Carver had to strip off an article of clothing.
Other special guests included Summer Tony nominee Ariana DeBose, The Phantom of the Opera’s Jay Armstrong Johnson, Escape to Margaritaville’s Alison Luff and Rema Webb, recent Kinky Boots star Kirstin Maldonado, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita, Mean Girls Tony nominee Ashley Park, The Lion King’s L. Steven Taylor, SpongeBob SquarePants’ Wesley Taylor, and two-time Tony winner Judith Light.