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Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Judith Light Was There

Broadway’s hottest dancers and two explosively responsive audiences came together for a fierce and steamy evening of fun and sensational striptease at Broadway Bares: Game Night, this year’s record-breaking edition of the annual spectacular.

Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: Game Night raised $1,875,090 with two standing-room-only performances on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Stripathon, the online fundraiser led by the show’s cast and crew, raised a record-shattering $953,153, marking the third year in a row that Stripathon was the single largest contributor to the grand total.

This year’s Broadway Bares gave your ordinary game night a tantalizing twist with unparalleled striptease production numbers inspired by beloved board games, video games and arcade games.

An unplanned stop at a mysterious mansion led to the evening of frisky and festive game play that included sunken battleships, conjured spirits, a not-so-old maid, high-flying flashlight tag, a surprise video from Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong and special guest appearances by the cast of the hit Broadway revival The Boys in the Band.

To start the show, four friends out on an adventure - recording artist Mila Jam, Jay Armstrong Johnson (The Phantom of the Opera), Marissa Rosen (The Marvelous Wonderettes) and L. Steven Taylor (The Lion King) – stumbled on the mansion and its delightfully devious maid and butler, played by Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita and Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants).

For the Clue-inspired opening number, the four were transformed into scantily clad Bares versions of the game’s iconic characters: now dubbed Miss Harlett, Colonel Must Hard, Mrs. Pee Pee Cock and Professor Plums. Margherita and Taylor then invited the foursome - and the audience - to explore the mansion as games unfolded in each risqué room.

The number was choreographed by this year’s directors, Nick Kenkel, who returned to direct Broadway Bares for the sixth year, and Laya Barak, an accomplished dancer and choreographer whose work has appeared in the last four editions of Broadway Bares. The opening number was written by Troy Britton Johnson, with music by Lynne Shankel and lyrics by Amanda Greene.

In the show’s finale, Margherita revealed that she was actually the mastermind behind the mysterious gaming mansion, powered by beauty and brains. And to reinforce the point that women run The Game of Life, she invited Broadway leading ladies Alison Luff, Ryann Redmond and Rema Webb (Escape to Margaritaville); Kirstin Maldonado (Kinky Boots and the Grammy-winning Pentatonix); Ashley Park (Mean Girls); Chondra Profit (The Lion King) and Lauren Zakrin (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812). Ultimately, the entire cast of more than 200 dazzling dancers flooded the stage, providing an electrifying conclusion to the evening’s game play.

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 some tantalizing trivia questions. For each incorrect answer by the cast, Carver had to strip off an article of clothing. The Boys may have lost, but the audience surely won when Carver was stripped to nothing but his cowboy hat.

The evening’s fun-and-games adventure included:

Sexy seamen were ready to sink battleships and strip to their skivvies in a number choreographed by Barak and Jonathan Lee. Led by Robert Walters (Hamilton) and Juan Zapata, this explosive and hardcore hip hop piece featured an all-male ensemble of irresistible sailors running tight ships.

A birthday party for Joe Beauregard (Kinky Boots) found his frolicsome friends playing a rousingly sketchy game of “Striptionary.” Each time an article of clothing was drawn, Beauregard’s handy friends stripped it off him. This playfully provocative number, choreographed by Michael Lee Scott, ultimately left a smiling Beauregard in his proverbial “birthday suit.”

A Ouija-playing Spencer Clark (Frozen) conjured up something mythically gorgeous in the form of aerialist Reed Kelly, who spun and flew above the stage in supernatural swirls of silk. The poetic pair passionately performed the ballet-infused romantic choreography by Kellen Stancil, supported by an all-male chorus of alluring spirits. The aerial work was directed by Mathieu Leopold.

The classic board game Candy Land got a spicy twist with Donald Jones Jr. (Frozen) as a luscious Lord Licorice. Joined by fellow game characters Ehizoje Azeke, Justin Keats (Escape to Margaritaville) and Ricky Schroeder (Kinky Boots) and backed up by an ensemble of eye candy, the fabulous trio unwrapped Jones down to his gumdrops. The scrumptious number was choreographed by Al Blackstone.

Though Matthew Skrincosky played the central character in an Indiana Jones video game, there’s no doubt women cracked the whip when indomitable Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) arrived with an ensemble of fierce, fabulous women. DeBose leveled up as she commanded Skrincosky across the stage and stripped him down to his joystick. The number was choreographed by Olivia Cipolla.

The lights went down and the clothes came off in a rambunctious round of flashlight tag that enveloped the entire audience, led by Javier Perez and choreographed by John Alix. Eight aerialists from Las Vegas’ acclaimed Living Art of Armando, choreographed by Armando Farfan Jr., added a flashlight-fueled aerial routine above the dancers on stage and in the crowd, immersed on every level of Hammerstein Ballroom.

“Old Maid” Karine Plantadit was dismissed by a full house of younger Kings, Queens, Jacks and Aces when she initially tried to keep pace with outdated dance moves. However, Plantadit proved she had a card up her sleeve when she stripped down to reveal her inner sultry, sexy seductress. Choreographer Nathan Peck upped the ante as the card-playing chorus supported her winning transformation.

Sexy patient Nicholas Cunningham (The Phantom of the Opera) was just what doctor Kali Grinder (Frozen) ordered in choreographer Charlie Sutton’s homage to Operation. Grinder gave Cunningham a full-body physical, alongside her team of sinewy male nurses. The men flipped her across the stage and unveiled the vixen hiding underneath.

Pinball wizard Henry Byalikov (Dancing with the Stars) transformed into a skinball stripper when futuristic goddess Jena VanElslander emerged from the arcade game. VanElslander entranced and seduced Byalikov and an ensemble of giddy gamers in the number choreographed by Richard Hinds.

Celebrating Parcheesi’s regal status as the royal game of India, choreographer Lisa Stevens delivered a high-spirited Bollywood number, led by Julius Rubio as a charmed snake.

Special pre-show choreography to entertain VIP donors was created by Sidney Erik Wright.

The show’s famous “rotation,” where the entire cast danced to encourage tips from the audience, followed each show. This year’s rotation raised an additional $28,509.

Tony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who created Broadway Bares in 1992 and serves as executive producer, and two-time Tony winner Judith Light thanked the audience at the show’s close. Light reminded the audience: “We are living in challenging and complicated times. But as I look out at this beautiful audience, I know our voices will not be silenced. We must remember that safe is hot sex. Know your status. Testing and treatment equals prevention. Undetectable equals untransmittable. We can best love each other by protecting each other.”

This year’s top Stripathon fundraiser was Mark MacKillop, who raised $45,660, the most ever by a Bares performer. He was followed by the male runners up Taylor at $30,045 and Schroeder at $26,454. The female runners up were Barak at $12,791 and Katie Thrasher at $12,493.

Presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam delivered a $200,000 check, delivered by Sandy Joseph and Janene Machado. The pair saluted the extraordinary skills of the more than 70 M∙A∙C makeup artists who volunteered to create the show’s incredible looks.

Production Stage Manager Johnny Milani led a team of 34 stage managers with more than 700 volunteers behind the scenes to create the show. Aaron Hamilton served as Game Night’s associate director. Joel Shier was lighting designer; Nevin Steinberg handled sound design; and the show’s scenic designer was David Arsenault. Karl Ruckdeschel handled costume coordination; Kevin Thomas Garcia coordinated hair and wig design; and Caite Hevner managed projection coordination. Troy Britton Johnson wrote the show’s book.

Broadway Bares was created by Mitchell as a way to raise money to help those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. In its first year, Mitchell and seven of his friends danced on a New York City bar and raised $8,000. Last year, the event raised $1,568,114. To date, Broadway Bares has now raised $19.1 million for Broadway Cares.

In addition to presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam, Broadway Bares received generous support from BC/EFA corporate partner United Airlines.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, providing lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency assistance.

For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Heidi Klum

Priyanka Chopra

Judith Light

Judith Light along with Priyanka Chopra,  looked stunning and in pure Emmy fashion as she arrived at the 68th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater tonight, in Los Angeles, California. Heidi Klum also was stunning and in pure Hollywood style!

Thursday, May 08, 2014


Paula Zahn

Tamsen Fadal

Julia Monk

Ali Stroker

Loreen Arbus

Judith Light

Judith Light along with Tamsen Fadal, Julia Monk, Loreen Arbus and others, attended The 13th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, at Cipriani in New York City. 

Monday, June 10, 2013



Cyndi Lauper

Cicely Tyson

Valisia LeKae

Victoria Clark

Tracy Letts


Tom Hanks

Scarlett Johansson

Sally Field

Patina Miller

Pam MacKinnon

John Lee Beatty

Judith Light

Jerry Mitchell

Gabriel Ebert

Diane Paulus

Billy Porter

Courtney B. Vance

Andrea Martin

We love the Tony Awards, but we are so happy that Cicely Tyson won last night. I have photographed Cicely over the years around NYC, but my recent visit to her dressing room backstage to her hit Broadway show The Trip To Bountiful, proved that the old timers are pure class. And Cyndi Lauper once again proved that New Yorkers have style and class. 

Congratulations to all the Tony Winners!

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play

WINNER: Tracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Other nominees: Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy; Nathan Lane, The Nance; David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Tom Sturridge, Orphans

9.8% of USA TODAY Broadway's Best app readers voted for Letts.

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a play

WINNER: Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Other nominees: Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place; Amy Morton, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Holland Taylor, ANN

33.6% of USA TODAY Broadway's Best app readers voted for Tyson.

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical

WINNER: Billy Porter, Kinky Boots

Other nominees: Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical; Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella; Rob McClure, Chaplin; Stark Sands, Kinky Boots

37.2% of USA TODAY Broadway's Best app readers voted for Porter.

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical

WINNER: Patina Miller, Pippin

Other nominees: Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Carolee Carmello, Scandalous; Valisia LeKae, Motown: The Musical; Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

47.8% of USA TODAY Broadway's Best app readers voted for Miller.

Best revival of a play

WINNER: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Other nominees: Golden Boy; Orphans; The Trip to Bountiful

44.7% of USA TODAY Broadway's Best app readers voted for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Best play

WINNER: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Other nominees: The Assembled Parties; Lucky Guy; The Testament of Mary

31.8% of USA TODAY Broadway's Best app readers voted for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Best musical

WINNER: Kinky Boots

Other nominees: Bring It On: The Musical; A Christmas Story, The Musical; Matilda The Musical

49.8% of USA TODAY Broadway's Best app readers voted for Kinky Boots.

Best revival of a musical

WINNER: Pippin

Other nominees: Annie; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

52.4% of USA TODAY Broadway's Best app readers voted for Pippin.

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play

WINNER: Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy

Other nominees: Danny Burstein, Golden Boy; Richard Kind, The Big Knife; Billy Magnussen,Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy

39.8% of USA TODAY Broadway's Best app readers voted for Vance.

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play

WINNER: Judith Light, The Assembled Parties

Other nominees: Carrie Coon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Judith Ivey, The Heiress; Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful

43.7% of USA TODAY Broadway's Best app readers voted for Light.

Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical

WINNER: Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical

Other nominees: Charl Brown, Motown: The Musical; Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody; Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Terrence Mann, Pippin

23.6% of USA TODAY Broadway's Best app readers voted for Ebert.

Best performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical

WINNER: Andrea Martin, Pippin

Other nominees: Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots; Victoria Clark, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella; Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody; Lauren Ward, Matilda The Musical

37.5% of USA TODAY Broadway's Best app readers voted for Martin.

Best direction of a play

WINNER: Pam MacKinnon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Other nominees: Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Bartlett Sher, Golden Boy; George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy

29.6% of USA TODAY's Broadway's Best app readers voted for MacKinnon.

Best direction of a musical

WINNER: Diane Paulus, Pippin

Other nominees: Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots; Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical

34.2% of USA TODAY's Broadway's Best app readers voted for Paulus.

Best book of a musical

WINNER: Matilda The Musical, Dennis Kelly

Other nominees: A Christmas Story, The Musical, Joseph Robinette; Kinky Boots, Harvey Fierstein ; Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Douglas Carter Beane

Best original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theater

WINNER: Kinky Boots, music & lyrics: Cyndi Lauper

Other nominees: A Christmas Story, The Musical, music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; Hands on a Hardbody, music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green; Lyrics: Amanda Green; Matilda The Musical, music & lyrics: Tim Minchin

Best scenic design of a play

WINNER: John Lee Beatty, The Nance

Other nominees: Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties; David Rockwell, Lucky Guy; Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy

Best scenic design of a musical

WINNER: Rob Howell, Matilda: The Musical

Other nominees: Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Scott Pask, Pippin; David Rockwell, Kinky Boots

Best costume design of a play

WINNER: Ann Roth, The Nance

Other nominees: Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac; Albert Wolsky, The Heiress; Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy

Best costume design of a musical

WINNER: William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Other nominees: Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots; Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical; Dominique Lemieux, Pippin

Best lighting design of a play

WINNER: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy

Other nominees: Donald Holder, Golden Boy; Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary; Japhy Weideman, The Nance

Best lighting design of a musical

WINNER: Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical

Other nominees: Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots; Kenneth Posner, Pippin; Kenneth Posner, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Best sound design of a play

WINNER: Leon Rothenberg, The Nance

Other nominees: John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful; Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary; Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy

Best sound design of a musical

WINNER: John Shivers, Kinky Boots

Other nominees: Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, Pippin; Peter Hylenski, Motown: The Musical; Nevin Steinberg, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Best choreography

WINNER: Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots

Other nominees: Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical; Peter Darling, Matilda The Musical; Chet Walker, Pippin

Best orchestrations

WINNER: Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots

Other nominees: Chris Nightingale, Matilda The Musical; Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, Motown: The Musical; Danny Troob, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Bernard Gersten

Paul Libin

Ming Cho Lee

Regional Theatre Award

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston

Isabelle Stevenson Award

Larry Kramer

Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre

Career Transition For Dancers

William Craver

Peter Lawrence

The Lost Colony

The four actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway — Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro

Tuesday, March 05, 2013



America Ferrera With Judith Light

Zosia Mamet

Christian Borle

Christine Baranski

Daryl Roth

Jeremy Jordan

Jessica Hecht

Jane Krakowski

Jonathan Groff

Julianna Margulies

Krysta Rodriguez

Lily Rabe

Matt Lauria

Robert LuPone

Victor Garber

Zachary Quinto

Judith Light

Miscast 2013 MCC Theater's Annual Musical Revue and Gala honoring Judith Light, brought out the stars in New York City last night.

Sunday, August 19, 2012







Judith Light On "The Exes"

Desperate to impress her perfect sister Jill (Amanda Detmer), Holly invents an alternative lifestyle for herself that quickly spirals out of control. Meanwhile, the guys are riding high on a "special" dish cooked up by Stuart.

Guest Stars: Judith Light (“Ugly Betty”)

Dot Jones (“Glee”)

Amanda Detmer (“Necessary Roughness”)

Photo Courtesy Of: TV Land


Tuesday, March 27, 2012



Lesley Gore

Neil Meron

Contantine Maroulis

Jonathan Groff

Nicole Parker

Lewis Black

Craig Zadan

Judith Light

Nikki M. James

Ansel Elgort

Adriane Lenox

Jaime Cepero

Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty along with Adriane Lenox, Nikki M. Contantine Maroulis, James, Nicole Parker, Lewis Black, Judith Light, Ansel Elgort, Jaime Cepero and others, attended the 'MISCAST 2012' MCC Theatre's Annual Musical Spectacular at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City last night.

Photos By: Walter McBride / WM Photography / Retna Ltd.