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Broadway Bares Video Preview: The Men of Broadway

May 13th, 2013 Comments off

"Broadway Bares: Greetings from the United Strips of America." (photos: Andrew Eccles)

Forget Gypsy Rose Lee… the men of the Great White Way were greased, sprayed, tanned and buffed last week for a special preview performance of Broadway Bares, the notorious burlesque-style show that raises money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).

This year’s edition, Greetings from the United Strips of America, will play June 23 at 9:30 p.m. and midnight at Roseland Ballroom — but you better snag tickets quickly as the late-night show is already sold out.

If you’re headed to Fire Island this summer, you can catch a special island edition. Fire Island: Calendar Girl, a co-production with the Fire Island Pines Arts Project, will have performances on June 1 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets will be available in the harbor Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Of course, if you can’t see the real thing, you can always visit the BC/EFA website to keep up with eye candy. The site posts a “Stripper of the Month” and also has an online gift shop perfect for those naughty minds. My favorite find is a vintage DVD of the original 1992 Broadway Bares featuring Tony award-winning Jerry Mitchell, the event’s founder executive producer.

Mitchell’s goal was to draw upon the immense talent — and gorgeous bodies — of the Broadway community to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS. To date, the 22 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $9.8 million. So head to the ATM, and withdraw some Andrew Jacksons. That’s a $20 for those of you used to tipping less, but these hotties will be worth it and all of the funds go toward a great cause.

Now… the video you’ve all been waiting for:

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THEATER BUFF: Grasan Kingsberry of “Motown the Musical”

March 20th, 2013 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer will fill out my nosey little questionnaire and offer a glimpse of what they look like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For March, we’re revving our engines for a visit to the Motor City…

Grasan Kingsberry. Photo by Kristopher Kelly.

Name: Grasan Kingsberry – named after my grandfather’s middle name Gray, and great-grandfather’s first name Sandy.

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Current Show/Role: Motown the Musical/Four Tops, Jackson 5 (Tito), Contours

The best part of the show I’m working on now is: Being able to listen to and perform with a 19-piece orchestra playing Motown music!! And then seeing the audience go bananas! It doesn’t get much better than that.

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: I’d have to say was when I did the out of town try-out for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in San Diego.  At the time I had just started dating someone back in New York.  It was only my second show but my first being a part of an original production.  I knew no one in the cast. So being away from home, my boyfriend, and in an unfamiliar environment amidst new and interestingly dynamic personalities in the cast made it a challenging experience.

If I wasn’t an actor, I would be: An athlete. I once had a dream to be an Olympian.

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? Places!!: It’s when all of those jittery emotions and nervousness have to hone in as you ready yourself to take that journey. And as soon as that curtain rises it’s GO time! As my friend Jerry Mitchell would say, “FULL OUT!”

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THEATER BUFF: Andrew Glaszek of “Hustling” & “Broadway Bares”

December 19th, 2012 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer will fill out my nosey little questionnaire and offer a glimpse of what they look like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For December, we’ve got a very special package to put under your christmas tree; he’s not only a talented performer but he’s also a valued contributor to this blog

Andrew Glaszek. Photo by Stephen Mosher.

Name: Andrew Glaszek

Hometown: Detroit

Current Shows/Roles: Hustling/Jay; Broadway Bares Winter Burlesque

The best part of the show I’m in now is: Each episode of Hustling gets better and better… and my character’s story line will get more revealing in January after the holiday break. There’s some really good work being done in web series right now – I’m proud to be a part of one. Bares allows me to help support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and rally for the cause. The audience of each is so generous and supportive!

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: I’ve done 5 page monologues and one that called for a dozen accents but the biggest challenge might be a summer stock production of Hello Dolly! where we had a 3-man Waiter’s Gallop. Full out. There was even a performance where the dance captain was out and I had to cover his tricks and mine. It was ridiculous and exhilarating.                                               

If I wasn’t an actor, I would be: A lot less intelligent – most of what I’ve learned in life has been from the theatre.

As a Broadway Bares regular, what was the most memorable and/or unusual moment from one of the shows? Seeing Rachelle Rak’s Wonder Woman was like a slap in the face. I’ve also gotten a face full of jock in a performance of the football number and a face full of milk in “The Big Man” number – memorable.

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Holiday Shows, Broadway “Blows” and More Theater News

November 30th, 2012 Comments off

The cast of "Elf". Photo by Joan Marcus.

The holiday season is in full swing so let’s unwrap some shiny theater news — just be sure to save the ribbon:

  • Thanksgiving week is traditionally a boffo box office week on Broadway and this year was no exception. Twelve shows topped the million dollar mark in receipts. Of particular interest, the holiday themed musicals Elf and A Christmas Story had very healthy totals ($997,145 and $1,104,312) aided by an additional performance per week.  With The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas running elsewhere in town, it would seem that the surest way to success on stage is a torrent of fake snow.
  • Broadway Bares. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

    Speaking of stocking stuffers…wait for it…Broadway Bares, the annual burlesque extravaganza benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, officially announced it is set for Sunday, June 23, 2013. Tickets are on sale now. No word on a theme yet but something tells me it will involve a saucy pun.  Yeah, I’m psychic like that.

  • The holidays are a time for giving…and Broadway is no exception. On December 10, a big name roster of stage talent (including David Hyde Pierce, Patrick Wilson, Julia Murney, Eden Esipinosa and many more) will be singing to support the folks affected by Hurricane Sandy at Broadway Blows Back. (Maybe that was the saucy pun I was seeing in my crystal ball?)
  • Two shows that opened this season got some early presents this week.  Our fine fettle friends at The Mystery of Edwin Drood will be recording an album for the acclaimed revival and the little show that could (about the little tramp that did) Chaplin is getting a national tour launching in the fall of 2014.
  • Fans of Beth Henley’s southern fried comedy/dramas (Crimes of the Heart) or devotees of early aught teen dramas can pop the champagne for an early New Year’s celebration. Producers announced that Amber Tamblyn (star of Joan of Arcadia as well as a genius prank pulled on Tyrese…go look it up) will be making her Broadway debut in Henley’s The Miss Firecracker Contest in the spring of 2013. I’ve got my sash and crown already…


THEATER BUFF: Matthew Steffens of “The Tempest” & More

November 28th, 2012 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month (or thanks to the holiday, the fourth Wednesday), a fabulous actor/singer/dancer will fill out my nosey little questionnaire and offer a glimpse of what they look like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For November, we’ve got someone to be thankful for…

Matthew Steffens. Photo by Leon Le.

Name: Matthew Steffens

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA (I was a Navy brat so I moved around my whole life.)

Current Show/Role: The Tempest at the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway Varietease (at Stage 72 every other  Monday), BC Beat, appearing in NBC’s Smash (season 2).

The best part of the shows I’m in now are: For The Tempest, I get to be in hair and makeup for 40 minutes and then run around stage acting like a crazy monkey as one of Ariel’s mischievous fairies, but more importantly the cast is the most amazing group of supportive performers to work with. And for Broadway Varietease, the sound of people laughing hysterically!

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: The second national tour of Contact. The dancing in that was the most exhilarating/challenging part of the show, but I was the Servant in the first scene with the swing, and the swing had a mind of its own…especially since we were in a different location every week. I would come back to the hotel most nights and put heat on my back, ice on my knees and order Dominos!

If I wasn’t an actor, I would be: A college professor during the school year, and Camp Virginia counselor during the summers.

Places, Intermission or Curtain Call?  PLACES. I love seeing the full cast before places and try to do so before every show. When I did Promises, Promises we all started on stage and it was awesome. Subsequently, during Women on the Verge we did an energy/prayer circle before every show. I love that community.

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THEATER BUFF: Reed Kelly of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”

September 19th, 2012 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer will fill out my nosey little questionnaire and offer a glimpse of what they look like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For September, our buff is a real high flyer with a heart of gold…

Reed Kelly. Photo by Richard Gerst.

Name:  Reed Kelly@thereedkelly

Hometown:   Saint Paul, MN

Current Show/Role:  Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark as the debut Spider-man, the evil villain Swiss Miss, and the u/s for the Green Goblin flyer. Also, a dancer on the upcoming second season of Smash on NBC.

The best part of the show I’m in now is:  With Spider-Man I get to do such a wide variety of things every night; from playing a superhero and a villain, dancing, singing, to flying and puppeteering. It’s kind of like getting paid to just go out there and have fun every night doing crazy things, not to mention the amazing people I get to work with over there at the Foxwoods. Smash is a blast because what dancer wouldn’t love to dance great musical numbers with your friends, choreographed by Josh Bergasse and recorded to be broadcast to the nation?

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was:  Likely it would be the preparation and filming of the movie I Am Legend staring Will Smith. I was one of the actors hired to play the infected. They put us through a very rigorous month-long training camp to get us in shape for the movie, which included everything from yoga, pilates, calisthenics, stunt training, parkour and endurance training to dealing with live explosions. After we finished our training we shot for the next six months in all sorts of crazy conditions, like two weeks of night shoots in the middle of February down in Washington Square Park wearing essentially nothing. Physically it was probably one of the most demanding jobs I had ever had the opportunity to participate in … but it was so much fun.

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Backstage at “Broadway Bares”: The Afterglow

June 19th, 2012 Comments off

We tapped actor Andrew Glaszek to give us a personal report (talk about going undercover or, in this case, under covered as a performer in the show) from Sunday night’s Broadway Bares extravaganza. Check out his blow by blow coverage, backstage pics and some cheeky links (just click on the highlighted words for some surprising finds)…

Andrew Glaszek & Dave August. Image via Andrew Glaszek.

Do you believe in fairies, Mary? Well, with the amount of clapping (+ hootin’ & hollerin’) at Roseland Sunday night, Tink & the whole fairy kingdom must be flyin’ high. Hopefully, the cast & crew, designers, volunteers, and the team at BC/EFA can rest well and enjoy the afterglow of HAPPY ENDINGS – Broadway Bares XXII. The show produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has been the buzz for months as those involved took part in a Strip-a-thon to add $300,000+ to the total raised in ticket sales, corporate sponsorship ($250,000 from M•A•C VIVA GLAM!), and cash tips at the event for a grand total of $1,254,000 – a new record.

On the stage and runways, over 200 dancers & actors titillated the full house with revealing new takes on classic Fairy Tales that would’ve made Mother Goose wet her feathers and The Brothers Grimm… very, very… happy. When you are out exploring FB and YouTube for pics and show clips, say “bottoms up” with a shot of tequila in honor of Jerry Mitchell, the creator and Executive Producer, Michael Graziano, Producing Director and Lee Wilkins who conceived and directed this year’s show with associate director Michael Lee Scott.

The skinny on the show sounds like a segment on SNL – so cue Wayne Wilcox’s “Stefon” impression & trust that every year the hottest show in town is Broadway Bares.  Here’s a taste of a few of my favorite tips and assets from Happy Endings:

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“Broadway Bares” (Almost All) This Sunday

June 14th, 2012 Comments off

Broadway Bares. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

Get your tickets now for one of Broadway’s hottest nights: Broadway Bares XXII: Happy Endings! The annual night of burlesque and fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS arrives this Sunday at 9:30 and midnight to make all your fairy tales (and fairy tails) come true.

I could go on and on trying to describe it but, really, isn’t a picture worth a thousand “Wohs!”? See more sensational photography that  might be a little NSFW, after the jump…

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Broadway Strips Down, “Seminar” Skips Town and More Theater News

May 4th, 2012 Comments off

Sure, the Tony nominations were the big theater news this week, but there were a lot of other stories to get hot about as Broadway dropped some shows — and some clothes:

Nick Kenkel for "Broadway Bares: Happy Endings". Photo by Andrew Eccles.

  • If the weather is getting warmer than you know it’s time for Broadway to bare it all. The run up to the big burlesque night of all nights, Broadway Bares, begins this Sunday at 9pm with a curtain raiser, so to speak, of Solo Strips. This one-night-only fundraiser will feature ten of the hottest men of Broadway (including Theater Buffs Nick Kenkel and Sam Cahn) shaking their money makers to make some money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
  • As sure as some producers are popping champagne on Tony nomination morning, others are dropping the axe. Without Tony love to build audience awareness both Seminar and Magic/Bird posted closing notices. While Bird never found its box office magic, Seminar completes a fairly healthy run, suffering only from a drop in sales after the loss of its original marquee star, Alan Rickman.
  • That fiery gal Rebecca is actually making it to Manderlay via Broadway as the on-again, off-again musical announced an October 20 start date for previews. Unfortunately, the presumed leading lady Sierra Boggess has moved on to another Broadway production slated for the same period, Prince of Broadway.
  • Two “hotties” making theater related news this week: two-time Tony nominee (and Sutton Foster main squeeze) Bobby Cannavale will return to Broadway in a revival of Clifford Odets’s The Big Knife and indie-film pin-up Joseph Gordon-Levitt is developing a movie remake of the classic Menken & Ashman musical Little Shop of Horrors. If you’ve seen this little number from 500 Days of Summer, you know that Gordon-Levitt has some dance moves in him…so this might not be a bad thing.
  • The anniversary of an important milestone in the history of musicals passed this week, but no one seemed to notice. Well, no one but my good friend and amazing writer at large (yes, Jason, amazing as in awe-inspiring) Jason Cochran in this insightful article about the film version of Chicago and its “justified” musical numbers. I couldn’t agree more with his analysis and have to say that the box this has created is constraining the musical imagination, even on stage.  Will the film version of Les Miserables swing the pendulum back?

Broadway Bares Gets Its “Happy Endings”

March 29th, 2012 Comments off

Sneak Peek at the Broadway Bares XXII Poster. Photo by Andrew Eccles.

It’s official: the 22nd edition of Broadway Bares is all about Happy Endings, with all of your favorite Fairy Tails…I mean, Fairy Tales…represented. Tickets are already on sale for the June 17 burlesque fundraiser of the year, so don’t miss the chance to see your favorite Prince Charming in person and contribute to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. It should be anything but Grimm.

Want a preview? Check out this very saucy behind the scenes look at the Happy Endings photo shoot.

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