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Photo Call: Las Vegas’s 5th Annual Solo Strips

September 29th, 2015 Comments off
Alberto del Campo and David Underwood (Photo: Christopher Grabowski via The Broadway Blog.)

Alberto del Campo and David Underwood (Photo: Christopher Grabowski via The Broadway Blog.)

More than 400 guests packed the Absinthe Theater at Caesars Palace last night for the Fifth Annual Solo Strips to watch 15 of Las Vegas’ hottest performers strip down for solo performances. The midnight event doubled its initial goal of $10,000 raising a Vegas Solo Strips record of nearly $20,000 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA) and Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN).


The Absinthe tent heated up with burlesque-style numbers including a steamy bathtub scene by “Sexxy The Show” creator Jennifer Romas; a blindfolded scaffold striptease by Alex Stabler and breathtaking barely there aerial performances from Alyssa Mccraw and Miguel Garcia.
Miguel Garcia (Photo: Christopher Grabowski via The Broadway Blog.)

Miguel Garcia (Photo: Christopher Grabowski via The Broadway Blog.)

Five-year Solo Strips host Bryan Chan encouraged the audience to tip the performers on stage while Showboy Cake Shop passed chocolate covered strawberries from sexy waiters in backless aprons.

Illusionist and magician Murray Sawchuck  and pro BMX rider Ricardo Laguna were spotted in the audience along with “Zowie Bowie” star Chris Phillips and Mark Shunock of “Rock of Ages.”

Director/producer and recent “Le Reve – The Dream” retiree, Ryan Lyons, first brought the show to Las Vegas five years ago and has since raised nearly $35,000 towards helping those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Alexander Stabler (Photo: Christopher Grabowski via The Broadway Blog.)

Alexander Stabler (Photo: Christopher Grabowski via The Broadway Blog.)

“It is truly an honor to have 11 successful years within the entertainment community in Las Vegas,” said Lyons. “I could not think of a better way to take my final bow than to do so with so many kind-hearted and talented individuals by my side, coming together for such a worthy cause.”

To honor the Las Vegas community, BCEFA teamed up with AFAN this year to keep funds here in Southern Nevada. AFAN’s Executive Director Antioco Carillo said, “We are honored to take part in Solo Strips this year to keep moving forward in our efforts to provide quality support within our community to the men, women and children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.” He continued, “It’s so important to be there for one another in this fight against a disease that touches so many.”

Just Released: Broadway’s Carols For a Cure, Vol. 16

December 15th, 2014 Comments off

carolsIf you’ve grown tired of the old stand-by holiday tunes, be sure to add Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, Volume 16 to your collection. Now available on iTunes, the 21-track album of original and traditional holiday music features stars and casts from the current Broadway line-up, and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. The entire album is available for $15.99, and includes a digital booklet with liner notes about each participating cast, designating soloists and session photos. Individual tracks also may be purchased for $.99 each.

Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, Vol. 16 includes Grammy-award winner Sting singing an original version of “Soul Cake” with the cast of “The Last Ship,” and features the voices of Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller and the cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical; Tony winner Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham with the cast from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder; Keke Palmer, Tony winner Judy Kaye and Sherri Shepherd with the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; Carly Hughes and Kyle Dean Massey for Pippin; Ryan Shaw (Stevie Wonder) and cast members from Motown: The Musical; plus Jason Tam and the cast of If/Then; and celebrity blogger and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fan Perez Hilton singing David Friedman’s My Simple Christmas Wish.

CDs of Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, Volume 16 can still be ordered for $25 through BC/EFA at broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770 x238 Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST. Volumes from previous seasons are available, too (check online or call for price).

To order on iTunes, click here

 

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“Pageant” Returns to Off-Broadway

June 29th, 2014 Comments off
The cast of "Pageant" (photo: Jenny Anderson via The Broadway Blog).

The cast of “Pageant” (photo: Jenny Anderson via The Broadway Blog).

After a sold-out benefit run for BC/EFA this February, Pageant – The Musical returns for a limited Off-Broadway engagement at The Davenport Theatre beginning June 29 with an official opening scheduled for July 14.

Like every beauty pageant you’ve seen before, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions—the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. But unlike beauty pageants you’ve seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night. Let the beauty begin!

The cast of tiara-crazed beauties includes Nick Cearley (“The Skivvies”), Frankie J. Grande (Mamma Mia), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu), Seth Tucker (Our Kiki), Curtis Wiley (Motown), and Emmy Award-winner Kevin Meaney (Hairspray, “Uncle Buck”) as the host.

Pageant has book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show, The Last Smoker in America) and Frank Kelly with music by Albert Evans and was conceived by Robert Longbottom. Matt Lenz directs, with choreography by Shea Sullivan, music supervision by Mark Hartman, music direction by Micah Young, scenic design by Paul Tate DePoo III, costumes by Stephen Yearick, lighting by Paul Miller, sound by David Sanderson, and casting by Duncan Stewart and Company.

Pageant debuted Off-Broadway in 1991 at the Blue Angel in New York where it ran for more than a year before playing successful engagements on the West End and around the world. Pageant was last seen this February in a sold-out five-show special engagement that benefitted Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at the Red Lacquer Club, which was the first time it had returned to the New York stage in more than twenty years.

Take the jump for an exclusive interview with co-creator Bill Russell!

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Broadway Bares 24: Rock Hard!

June 16th, 2014 Comments off

bb24 copyThey’re at it again… those sexy singer/dancers will strut their stuff on June 22 to raise funds and awareness for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Only a limited number of tickets are left, so you better snag yours soon so you can revel in all the rocking’ glory that will be overtaking Hammerstein Ballroom.

The fundraiser dates back to 1992, when seven of Broadway’s hottest men danced on the bar at the now defunct Splash bar. Jerry Mitchell choreographed the opening number and after the performance the guys did their own “solo strip” routines and the “Rotation” was born.

More than two decades later, Broadway Bares had raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. BC/EFA awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.

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photos: Andrew Eccles

Don’t Miss Broadway Bares: Solo Strips

May 11th, 2014 Comments off
Can't make Solo Strips? Purchase tickets for Broadway Bares: Rock Hard.

Can’t make Solo Strips? Purchase tickets for Broadway Bares: Rock Hard.

This Mother’s Day, give mom a gift she will always remember: an evening with 11 of the most delectable male dancers from Broadway Bares. Bring your mom to this Sunday’s Broadway Bares: Solo Strips and she will get in free with your paid admission at the door for the evening of sexy, choreographed stripteases benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Bares: Solo Strips (#bwaybares) will heat up Mother’s Day with one show only at 9 pm onSunday, May 11, at BPM Nightclub (516 West 42nd Street, NYC). Doors open at 8 pm. Purchase a general admission standing ticket at the door for a $15 donation and your mom will be admitted free. Moms must be with the ticket buyer when the ticket is purchased. No refunds on previously purchased tickets. Reserved table seating for the show is sold out. Additional standing room tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at broadwaycares.org or by calling 212.840.0770, ext 229.

This year’s lineup of performers features Callan Bergmann (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Joshua Michael Brickman (Broadway Bares 23), Anthony Rooar DeCarlis (Broadway Bares 21-23), Todd Hanebrink (Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity), Vince Oddo (Rocky), Julius Rubio (WonderlandBroadway Bares 21, 23), Ricky Schroeder (Broadway Bares 22, 23), Michael Scirrotto (Broadway Bares 19), Dennis Stowe(AladdinBroadway Bares 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20), Sheldon Tucker (Bring It On: The MusicalBroadway Bares 21-23) and Ryan Worsing (ChicagoBroadway Bares 21, 23). Hosting the evening will be Terren Wooten Clarke of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon appearing as Kizha Carr. See photos of all the performers at broadwaycares.org/solostrips.

Broadway Bares: Solo Strips will be directed by Tony Spinosa (La Cage aux Folles).

Broadway Bares began in 1992 when Jerry Mitchell, then a performer in The Will Rogers Follies, organized a benefit burlesque show featuring himself and six friends performing original strips at a bar for a $10 donation plus whatever tips the audience gave the dancers. Mitchell, now a Tony Award-winning director and choreographer, is executive producer of Broadway Bares, which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Bares: Solo Strips is a sexy tease for Broadway Bares, one of BC/EFA’s annual signature events.Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! will feature 150 of New York’s most desirable dancers. The show will be directed by Nick Kenkel (Catch Me If You CanPeepshow, Legally Blonde), who also directed Broadway Bares 23.

Broadway’s Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Returns!

April 21st, 2014 Comments off
The 2012 Easter Bonnet Competition (photo: Monica Simoes) via The Broadway Blog.

The 2012 Easter Bonnet Competition (photo: Monica Simoes)
via The Broadway Blog.

The Easter Bonnet Competition is the culmination of six intensive weeks of fundraising efforts by company members of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions. Curtain speeches, bucket collections, autographed poster and program sales, auctions and cabaret performances bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars from audiences prior to the competition.  The winner of the Easter Bonnet Competition will be the company that raises the largest amount of money for Broadway Cares.  Awards are also presented to the Broadway play, national tour and Off-Broadway production raising the most money. The judges determine awards given to the company with the best bonnet design and presentation.

Broadway veterans will share the stage with celebrated newcomers as Bryan Cranston, Fran Drescher, James Franco, Idina Menzel, Denzel Washington and more than 200 of Broadway and off-Broadway’s most talented performers come together for the 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition.  Presented by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, this year’s Easter Bonnet Competition (#bcefabonnets) will be held Monday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 22.

The 2012 Easter Bonnet Competition (photo: Kevin Thomas Garcia) via The Broadway Blog.

The 2012 Easter Bonnet Competition (photo: Kevin Thomas Garcia) via The Broadway Blog.

Tickets start as low as $30.  They are available online at broadwaycares.org or by calling 212.840.0770, ext. 268. The show will be performed at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre, 200 West 45th Street, home to Disney’s The Lion King. A limited number of tickets will be available one hour prior to each performance in the lobby of the Minskoff Theatre.

Cranston (All the Way), Drescher (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Menzel (If/Then) and Washington (A Raisin in the Sun) will announce the top fundraising and best presentation awards at the Tuesday performance. Franco and his Of Mice and Men co-stars, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester, will introduce the competition’s judges.

More of Broadway’s biggest names this season will grace the stage throughout the competition.  Stars scheduled to appear include Brandon Victor Dixon (Motown The Musical), Hunter Foster (The Bridges of Madison County), Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables), Andy Karl (Rocky), Ron Kunene (Disney’s The Lion King), LaChanze (If/Then), Tshidi Manye (Disney’s The Lion King), Jefferson Mays (A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder), Cass Morgan (The Bridges of Madison County), Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Bryce Pinkham (A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder), Christopher Sieber (Matilda The Musical) and Karen Ziemba (Bullets Over Broadway).

Rory O’Malley (The Book of Mormon) and original Matilda Sophia Gennusa will appear in the original opening number, directed and choreographed by Al Blackstone. Hugh Panaro (The Phantom of the Opera) will close the show with the traditional performance of “Help is on the Way,” BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet anthem.

The show also will include a special appearance by Kim Zimmer (Wicked) in the national touring show presentation, choreographed by Adam Fleming.

Productions scheduled to perform and present bonnets include After Midnight, Avenue Q, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Disaster!, If/Then, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, Mothers and Sons, Murder for Two, Newsies, Once, Disney’s The Lion King and, with a special performance by MOMIX representing Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares, and special presentations by BC/EFA’s affiliate organizations: ASTEP, Broadway Green Alliance, Broadway Impact, Broadway Serves and R.Evolución Latina.

The 27 previous editions of the Easter Bonnet Competition have raised more than $53 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Last year’s event raised $4,250,542.

Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America

June 4th, 2013 Comments off

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words… or more. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS returns with the 23rd installment of their annual fundraiser, which has helped raise more than $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. And those dancers are damn hot.

Limited tickets are still available.
CLICK HERE. What are you waiting for?

Michelle Camaya as Alaska. (photo: Andrew Eccles)

Ian Paget, Kristen DeCesare, Allyson Carr and Angelina Mullins as California. (photo: Andrew Eccles)

Julius Carter as Colorado. (photo: Andrew Eccles)

John Paul LaPorte as Florida. (photo: Andrew Eccles)

John Paul LaPorte and Christina Black as Hawaii. (photo: Andrew Eccles)

We’re on a road trip… take the leap for more sexy photos—all for a good cause. Even if you can’t attend Broadway Bares, you can still donate online or shop in the online store.

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