Laverne Cox Strips or Broadway Fundraiser
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The Orange Is The New Black star was one of the unannounced performers at the yearly event, which raises funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Organizers celebrated the show’s 25th anniversary with the evening’s titled, Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque, at the Hammerstein Ballroom, and Cox joined in the fun by donning long leather gloves, a sheer corset and nipple pasties, as she shimmied onstage, much to the audience’s delight.
The transgender actress danced to songs such as It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World and She’s Got It among others, as she danced with scantily clad men.
Cox later took to Instagram.com to share pictures and videos of her performance with her followers, and wrote, “Wow the experience of a lifetime doing #BroadwayBares tonight. Thank you everyone for your talent and support… Technicians, stage managers, our brilliant costumers. Love you all. What talent in this room. You’re all amazing… I had the time of my life doing this event.”
Wow the experience of a lifetime doing #BroadwayBares tonight. Thank you everyone for your talent and support. #JerryMitchell, #NickKenkel and a special thank you to @kellenstancil my brilliant choreographer Casey and everyone in the #CastingCouch number. Technicians, stage managers, our brilliant costumers, especially #SamBrooks @sewsosam. Love you all. Thanks to @bcefa for this lifesaving work. Let's end AIDS.
Among the 150 performers who also took part in the gala were Broadway stars including Harvey Fierstein and Tony Award winner Christopher Sieber.
This year’s event raised a record $1.5 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which provides essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.