Tony winner Judith Light and superstar Adam Lambert were among several celebrities to appear at Sunday night’s popular modern-day burlesque show Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America event in New York. Broadway Bares combines the naughtiness of burlesque with the razzle-dazzle of Broadway and has been a smashing success since its inception in 1992. In total, Broadway Bares has raised more than $9.8 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Besides Judith and Adam, special appearances were made by 2013 Tony Award winner Billy Porter, Tony and Olivier Award winner Alan Cumming and musical performers The Skivvies and Bravo TV host and executive Andy Cohen.
As Judith came out to introduce the corporate sponsors for the event someone yelled out that she was the boss (referring to her stint on television’s “Who’s the Boss”) and Judith remarked, “Yes, I am the boss. I always was, and I always will be.” She’s got that right! In her speech the beloved HIV/AIDS activist shared the message, “The best way that we can love each other is to protect each other. Safe sex is hot sex.”
Adam Lambert was also there to lend his stellar pipes to the cause. In spirit with the theme of the event he belted out an amazing a capella version of The Star Spangled Banner. Adam ended the song with a salute and the crowd went wild as he marched off stage. Adam was definitely a hit at the event, as one attendee stated, “Ummm and excuse me @adamlambert KILLED “The National Anthem” last night!!!!! Killed it!!!” Watch him performing most of the song in the video below.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based HIV/AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Last night was obviously a fun-filled night for those in attendance. For those unable to attend the event, be sure to catch the event next year at Broadway Bares 24!
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