Here it is—a titillating photographic chronicle of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’s annual Broadway Bares event! Event creator and Executive Producer Jerry Mitchell’s book features sizzling behind-the-scene photos, performance shots and stunning studio stills of men and women from the Broadway stage who have been a part of this spectacular burlesque event over the years. It includes as little text as costumes worn in the show, but the history is succinctly outlined and mentions the names of the “A”-list celebrities who have proudly participated in the proceedings, including Cyndi Lauper, Alan Cumming, David Hyde Pierce and Nathan Lane.
Backstage Pass is the photographic chronicle of how one bright young man in a loincloth, dancing atop a giant drum on a Broadway stage, began one of the Great White Way’s most worthy and exciting traditions. Future Tony®-winner Jerry Mitchell was amazed at the tremendous attention his nearly naked body garnered in Tommy Tune’s production of The Will Rogers Follies in 1990. He quickly capitalized on this fascination with exposed skin to raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). Over the next 18 years, this “ah-ha” moment grew into the annual tradition that is Broadway Bares —an event where the most beautiful bodies of New York City’s theatre community take it all off and do what they do best—strut their stuff!