by Marjorie Failoni
It’s Broadway Bares season! This is such an important fundraiser and is the hottest show of the year! The work that Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS does for so many people across the country is just outstanding.
I had been to Broadway Bares twice before this year and had the time of my life. Watching how much everyone was empowered dancing on that stage and how it promoted body positivity was just incredible. It was always something I wanted to do at least once, but I was either out of town working on a show or the timing wasn’t right for me to be a part of it. But this year, being a current member of the Broadway community and knowing I could fully commit to this project, I thought, this is my chance to do it!
I am extremely lucky because I am working on two different pieces this year. I am assisting Lisa Stevens with her piece and I am performing in Ricky Hinds’ piece. Being on both sides of the table has made me really feel a part of the process. Both numbers are completely different styles and it has been a blast to push myself and work with both choreographers who inspire me. Rehearsals are extremely fun and upbeat and it’s a great way to get to know so many different people. Every number is packed full of energy and heart.
But most importantly, this is a fundraiser! The team spirit that is created to help push people to raise funds for BC/EFA is what really makes this event special. I was never someone who was comfortable asking people for money and I thought this would be the biggest struggle for me. The moment I just started asking and getting ideas from others, the easier it became, and the more comfortable I felt asking for money for an organization that I truly believe in. It’s really exciting to be a part of something that is truly bigger than just “putting on a show.” It has been a truly amazing experience so far and I can’t wait to be up on that stage this weekend!