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Disco Hits Bendel's For MAC AIDS Fund

Henri Bendel in New York City was transformed from a trés chic department store to a disco dance floor Tuesday night.

The View’s Lisa Ling, Heath Ledger of Ten Things I Hate About You and Bendel's bag entepreneur Monica Lewinsky were among the guests dancing the night away at a benefit performance of The Donkey Show, a disco version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which raised money to benefit The MAC AIDS Fund.

The MAC AIDS Fund was established in 1994 and supports 350 plus organizations worldwide. Their mission is to bring support to men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS. Besides helping to promote The Donkey Show, MAC also contributes to the fund through sales of their much hyped Viva Glam lipsticks and the seasonal Kids Helping Kids program.

The performers of The Donkey Show mixed with the audience and brought them into their roles by their interactive musical enactment of the play. Music included sing-along '70s disco hits such as "Car Wash", "Ring My Bell," "You Sexy Thing," and "I'm Your Boogie Man."

The full display could be viewed through the store windows of Bendel’s where passerbys were doing their evening window shopping.

Disco dancer performs at Henri Bendel
The Donkey Show is a new kind of theater experience which has developed quite a following in New York. The physical, interactive, and fun reworking of Shakespeare's classic love fantasy has been dubbed A Midsummer Night’s Disco.

The disco and club scene of the late '70s and early '80s was hit hard by the AIDS epidemic. The Donkey Show is performed at Club El Flamingo, in Manhattan's West Chelsea, but has also become a backdrop for parties and benefits with a political message.

The condoms that MAC appropriately handed out at the end of the night (among other goodies) served as a reminder that one should proceed with caution in the pursuit of lust on a midsummer night.

Written By's Mary Chen, Robin Wood, and Zoy Avgerinos

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