Foreword by Jerry Mitchell
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In his foreword to this large and nipple-filled coffee table volume, Broadway’s Jerry Mitchell tells us that “in all honesty dancers are born to strip.” Well, sure, and strip they do. Every season, Broadway Bares in New York City collects the best of the looks-good-naked set to strut their stuff and raise some coin for Broadway Cares: Equity Fights Aids. In its first year, the show pulled in $8,000 for the charity. And last year, in it’s 17th show, $743,000 was collected – the total over the years is close to $5 million. Nipples and glitter make money, kids. To be more precise, last year’s show used 48 jars of body glitter to entertain the 7,000 attendees over two performances. Thumbing through the pages of this new book makes Fashion Week look like community theatre. Capes, eye shadow, it’s all very
gay (in both senses of the word), and may very well be the most extravagant thing to hit Broadway since the days of Ziegfeld. Or maybe “Dance of the Vampires.” Aside from the great photos, the best news about this book is that all the royalties go to the charity. This year’s catwalk down the yellow brick road takes place on 22 June at the Roseland Ballroom. It’s the sauciest tax write-off around. So get some tickets, or, for us out-of-towners, the book will have to suffice.