WEST END BARES
West End Bares is an initiative created by legendary Broadway and West End choreographer/director Jerry Mitchell, to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids charities. This annual ‘sold out’ event called “Take Off” was on Sunday 20th September at Cafe de Paris. The show combines the naughtiness of burlesque and the razzle-dazzle of the West End, featuring some of Theatreland’s hottest performers.
This year we were delighted that Graham Norton fronted the show. With entertainment by platinum selling artist and West End star Beverley Knight, Ru Paul’s Drag Race winner Bianca del Rio, comedian Joe Lycett, Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor, West End sensation Velma Celli and The Supreme Fabulettes. With music by Emmy Award-winning composer and lyricist Lance Horne.
The numbers this year were choreographed by David Grewcock (Artistic Director for West End Bares and soon to perform in DV8’s JOHN), Joanna Goodwin (recently appeared in the UK tour of Barnum), Racky Plews (Director on American Idiot), Mitch Leow (currently performing in Miss Saigon), Stuart Rogers (previously appeared in The Bodyguard, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins), Sean Parkins (currently in The Book of Mormon), Ashley Nottingham (currently in Sinatra), Aaron Renfree (Choreographer and Dancer who has worked with The Saturdays and on X Factor), David Allwood (Starlight Express), Ryan Lee Seager (X Factor and American Idiot) and James Cousins (winner of New Adventures Choreographer Award).
The numbers featured cast members from American Idiot, Cats, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Gypsy, Mamma Mia!, Matilda, Memphis, Miss Saigon, Sinatra, Wicked and many more. The performers confirmed to bare all were Perry O’Dea, Luke Baker, Aaron Renfree, Sean Parkins, Gen Nicole, Kiel Payton, Lucy Jane Adcock, James Butcher, Will Knights, James Darch, Katie Bradley, Holly James, Maria Graciano, Michelle Andrews, Callum Evans, Kyle Seeley, Lisa Welham, Albert Linsdell, Jack Cooper, Llandyll Gove, Sophie Carmen Jones, Jason Winter, Charis O Connor, Mitch Leow, Matt Gillett, Peter Cork, David Muscat, Ella Nonini, Jono Cordin, Katrina Dix, Hannah Cauchi, Aston Hannington, Steve Rushton, Busola Peters, Lloyd James Green, Simeon John Wake, Frances Dee, James Revel, Peter McPherson, Natalie Woodward, Will Lucas, David Allwood, Russell Preston Fine, Lucy Thatcher, Jack Jefferson, Francis Haugen and Jamie Firth.
The Make A Difference Trust is the entertainment industries response to HIV/AIDS funding grass roots community projects in the UK and Southern Africa. The projects benefits people affected by HIV/AIDS as well as providing practical financial support to members of the entertainment industry experiencing hardship due to a chronic health condition. Building on the legacy of 25 years of fundraising by the Theatre industry, they continue to make the vision a reality having distributed over £1.6 million in grants to support individuals across the UK as well as over £1million to support projects with their UK and international partners.