West End Bares raises money for HIV and Aids charity
20 July, 2018 — By The Xtra Diary
West End Bares fundraiser for the Make A Difference Trust
IT has become a highlight of Diary’s diary: the annual fundraiser by those in the London theatre world for the brilliant Make A Difference Trust – the charity that funds HIV and Aids projects that raise awareness, educate and provide care and support in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Called West End Bares: Top of the Pops, it features the casts and crew from some of the biggest nights out in West End theatre, getting together for one night only.
Featuring a live band alongside more than 100 performers, Diary hears the event, taking place in October, includes: Tony Award-nominated performer Eva Noblezada of Miss Saigon and Les Misérables fame. She’s opening the show with a song written for her and the event by composers Mark Anderson and Luke Di Somma.
“I was a part of it in 2014 but I was such a baby,” says Eva. “I want to bring my own fire to it now that I didn’t have back then. I cannot wait to get on that stage and perform with everyone. This year is something completely different, too.
“It’s going to blow the roof off the theatre. We’re making something pretty special for the opening, with a few surprises that I’ve been sworn to secrecy about. But you really don’t want to miss it.”
Director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who came up with the idea on Broadway of the original concept “Broadway Bares”, added: “Music gets everybody in the mood and I can’t wait for the West End to turn it up and rock out for Bares in London this year with the sexiest tracks and the sexiest dancers.
“What we do together really does make a difference.”
Among such joyous laughter lies a serious message. West End Bares has raised more than £250,000 in the past eight years, and raised many a smile while doing it.
For more information see www.madtrust.org.uk