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Don’t Miss: Broadway Cares Benefit at Don’t Tell Mama

March 24th, 2017 Comments off

rainbows and ribbons“Rainbows & Ribbons,” a new show by Ross Hewitt, will be presented tomorrow, Saturday, March 25, at 5:00 p.m. at Don’t Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, New York City).  This is a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and all proceeds will go the organization. Musical director for the production is Phil Hall.  Director is Alyson Reim Friedman.

The show will feature songs from musical theatre and films including: The Colors of My Life (Barnum), Hurry! It’s Lovely Up Here (On A Clear Day…), It Couldn’t Please Me More (Cabaret), Do You Love Me? (Fiddler On The Roof), A Little More Mascara (La Cage aux Folles), My Time of Day/I’ve Never Been in Love Before (Guys and Dolls) as well as other songs from Funny Girl, Hello Dolly, Oklahoma and other musicals.  Mary McKinley will also join Ross and perform other numbers.

Dr. Ross G. Hewitt has been involved with the AIDS epidemic since its beginning, caring for some of the country’s first patients as a medical student at Bellevue Hospital in 1981. He completed training in Internal medicine and Infectious Diseases and became the first Medical Director of the AIDS Designated Center Program at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, for 18 years.

Dr. Hewitt was an active clinical researcher, conducting trials that helped usher in the first 15 antiretroviral medications. He moved back to New York City, his hometown, in 2004 and since has worked in Harlem with the HIV programs at Heritage Health Care, North General Hospital and currently, the Institute for Family Health – Family Health Center of Harlem. He became the Associate Medical Director for HIV services at MetroPlus Health Plan in June, 2015, where he oversees the quality of care delivered to over 8,000 HIV+ members.

$20.00 cover/2-drink minimum.
Reservations can be made by calling (212) 757-0788 or by clicking here.

‘Fun Home’ Concert Raises More than $113K for Equality Florida

July 25th, 2016 Comments off
Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical, raised $113,000 in ticket sales and additional donations, in support of Equality Florida and the LGBTQ community of Orlando during a one-night-only benefit concert performance at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 S Magnolia Ave) in Orlando last night.  All nine of the show’s onstage company members, including Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris, four-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn, 2015 Tony Award nominees Beth Malone, and Emily Skeggs, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, Cole Grey, Zell Steele Morrow, and Joel Perez flew down to Orlando to participate in the special concert version of the musical for the Orlando community. The show’s Tony Award-winning creators Lisa Kron (Book & Lyrics), Jeanine Tesori (Music) and Sam Gold (Direction) were also on hand, and joined the cast on stage afterwards for a discussion with the audience, which included employees from Pulse Nightclub as well as families of the victims.  100% of the net proceeds of this benefit performance will support the future work of Equality Florida, and the victims of the horrific Pulse shooting. Half of the money raised will be distributed directly to victims and their families, and half will support Equality Florida's work to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.     Fun Home was able to fly down to Orlando for this benefit performance thanks to the generosity of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the producers and co-producers of Fun Home, and the Wyndham Orlando.

The cast of ‘Fun Home’ raised more than $113K for Equality Florida.

Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical, raised $113,000 in ticket sales and additional donations, in support of Equality Florida and the LGBTQ community of Orlando during a one-night-only benefit concert performance at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando last night.

All nine of the show’s onstage company members, including Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris, four-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn, 2015 Tony Award nominees Beth Malone, and Emily Skeggs, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez,Cole Grey, Zell Steele Morrow, and Joel Perez flew down to Orlando to participate in the special concert version of the musical for the Orlando community. The show’s Tony Award-winning creators Lisa Kron (Book & Lyrics), Jeanine Tesori (Music) and Sam Gold (Direction) were also on hand, and joined the cast on stage afterwards for a discussion with the audience, which included employees from Pulse Nightclub as well as families of the victims.

One hundred percent of the net proceeds of this benefit performance will support the future work of Equality Florida, and the victims of the horrific Pulse shooting. Half of the money raised will be distributed directly to victims and their families, and half will support Equality Florida’s work to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Fun Home was able to fly down to Orlando for this benefit performance thanks to the generosity of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the producers and co-producers of Fun Home, and the Wyndham Orlando.

Don’t Miss: ‘Broadway Bares SF: Tech Tales’

July 8th, 2016 Comments off

by Jim Gladstone

Broadway Bares SF: Tech Tales (Photo provided by the Richard/Ermet Aid Foundation.)

Broadway Bares SF: Tech Tales (Photo provided by the Richard/Ermet Aid Foundation.)

On Monday, July 11, Broadway Bares, the slick and sexy series of burlesque extravaganzas that’s raised millions of dollars for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS over 24 annual performances is, for the first time ever, being mounted outside of Manhattan.

Taking place at San Francisco’s Club Fugazi as a benefit for the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation, the show will feature Jai Rodriguez, American Idol’s David Hernandez, trans performer Cassandra Cass, Queer as Folk’s Randy Harrison (currently starring in the national touring company of Cabaret) along with a gaggle of local go-go and take-it-off talents.

Created in 1992 by Jerry Mitchell—then a dancer in shows including The Will Rogers Follies and Brigadoon, now a two-time Tony-winning choreographer (La Cage Aux Folles, Kinky Boots)—Broadway Bares has become a sexy staple of the New York theater scene.

The San Francisco production, cheekily themed “Tech Tails”, is fully endorsed by Mitchell and helmed by Deb Leamy, a 2015 transplant to the city and veteran onstage and behind-the-scenes participant in several years of New York Bares events.

Broadway Bares SF: Tech Tales (Photo provided by the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation.)

Broadway Bares SF: Tech Tales (Photo provided by the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation.)

“When I first moved here, I was just out of a long relationship and wanted to get involved with a project that would help me grow some roots and connect to a community,” says Leamy, whose own stage credits include being an original cast member in 1999 Tony-winning review Fosse. “I called Jerry. He was very supportive and he pointed me to Richmond/Ermet as the charity most aligned with the types of events and causes that Broadway Cares supports.”

Six weeks of rehearsals and countless behind-the-scenes hours have added up to what Leamy says is a show closely modeled on the New York events, with opening and closing production numbers bookending ten individual acts in which a striptease is worked into a clever tech-themed scenario. As in New York, says Leamy, the ecdysiasts skew more male than female.

“We don’t have spectacular production values at a New York level yet,” says Leamy. “But we’re hoping to turn this into an annual event that will grow more and more elaborate.”

Patrons are urged to come prepared to supplement their ticket fees with additional charitable donations, which can be conveniently deposited in performers’ outfits throughout the show.

Broadway Bares SF: Tech Tails
Club Fugazi
678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard, San Francisco
Monday, July 11
7:30 p.m.
415-421-4222

Listen: ‘Broadway’s Carols For a Cure, Vol. 17’

November 3rd, 2015 Comments off

carols for a cureThe 2015 “Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, Volume 17” is on sale now! This 2-disc, annual CD 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. “Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, Volume 17” can be ordered for only $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.

As always, the CDs will be sold at participating Broadway and off-Broadway shows in New York during the six-week “Gypsy of the Year” fundraising period, which runs through December 6. Additionally, the CDs are available at select venues throughout the U.S., including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

The CD presents a wide variety of selections, featuring soloists Kelli O’Hara, Ashley Park, Ruthie Ann Miles, Beth Malone, Joel Perez, Lauren Patten, Marrick Smith, Kally Duling, Jim Stanek, Amra-Faye Wright, Leslie Odom, Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Chilina Kennedy, Jarrod Spector, Perez Hilton, James Snyder, James Barbour, Rachel Zatcoff, Arielle Jacobs, Catherine Walker, Chris McCarrell, Wallace Smith, Brennyn Lark, Mary Page Nance, Jonathan Ritter, Kevin Worley, Kristie Kerwin, Ian Knauer, Alan H. Green, Mykal Kilgore, Dennis Stowe, Elizabeth Ward Land, Tom Hewitt, Rachael Ferrera, Toni Elizabeth White, Douglas Baldeo, Graham Montgomery, Jeremy T. Villas and Jonah Halperin.

Track list:

DISC 1

1.   BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical – Christmas Vacation
2.   HAMILTON – Joy to the World
3.   ELF – Happy All the Time
4.   FINDING NEVERLAND – Go Tell It on the Mountain
5.   MATILDA The Musical – A Crunchem Hall Christmas
6.   AT THIS PERFORMANCE… – We Three Cool Kings
7.   THE KING AND I – Auld Lang Syne/River
8.   THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – I Saw Three Ships
9.   DAMES AT SEA  – Sign of the Dove
10. CHICAGO – Christmas in Fishnets

DISC 2
1.  KINKY BOOTS – One Little Christmas Tree
2.  FUN HOME – Home’s with You
3.  A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER – O Holy Night
4.  LES MISERABLES – One Star
5.  SCHOOL OF ROCK – Mary, Did You Know?
6.  ALADDIN  – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
7.  AMAZING GRACE – The First Noel
8.  WICKED – Ave Maria/I Heard the Bells
9.  SOMETHING ROTTEN! – 12 Days of a Something Rotten Christmas!

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.

Photo Call: “Pageant”

February 6th, 2014 Comments off

 

The cast of "Pageant."

The cast of “Pageant.”

Pageant, the musical comedy beauty contest, sold out so quickly that another performance has been added for February 24, 10:30 p.m.

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. Unlike some beauty pageants you’ve seen before, the female contestants are all played by men. And the audience gets to select the winner each night. Filled with excitement and suspense, but first and foremost, beauty, let the beauty begin!

Proceeds from this limited-run revival benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Want to take a sneak peek at the contestants? See their glamour shots below!

The beauty contests of "Pageant."

The beauty contestants of “Pageant.”

SHOW FOLK: Gavin Creel on Gay Marriage, Loving Audra & Very Bad Dogs

April 11th, 2012 Comments off

Gavin Creel at Birdland. Photo by Monica Simoes.

Two-time Tony-nominee Gavin Creel is on a roll–and it’s rolling him into a theater near you. Producers just announced that he’ll be playing the lead in the first national tour of the smash hit The Book of Mormon. But that’s just the latest in a string of bold moves for the charming and handsome Creel. From a new pop album to his groundbreaking work for marriage equality with Broadway Impact, he’s long been winning hearts and minds far beyond the Great White Way.

Two months ago (and sadly before I could grill him about Mormon), I caught up with Creel via phone to interview him for the May issue of “Passport Magazine” (hitting newsstands any day now). However, we had so much to chat about and so much that was too juicy for the print edition, it couldn’t be contained in one article–so I thought I’d share the extras here. Serious or silly, whether discussing his own wedding dreams or his codependent relationship with his dog, Creel proves why he’ll always be one of our favorite leading men…

Hi Gavin. How are you doing?

I’m good. I’m literally standing on a marina in Key West so I’m going to step outside so we can have a little chatty poo.

I’m sorry to interrupt; I didn’t realize it was vacation time.

I’m not on vacation; I’m doing a Broadway Across America concert. Doing a little presentation for eleven new musicals for next season. Just coming down to sing a song. I literally flew in an hour and a half ago and am flying out tomorrow morning.

Fun times.

Crazy. That’s the life of being a show business whore.

[laughter] Honestly, the first thing I have to do is thank you. My partner and I of eleven years just got engaged last week.

Oooh! Congratulations!

It truly is because of people like you that we were able to do this.

I appreciate that; it’s very kind of you but I’m not getting married or engaged yet so it’s people like you who are doing it. Even though we’re still fighting for the rights it takes people like you to do it, to stand up and face all the stupid that might come your way even though it’s legal.

Have you had a chance to attend any weddings since it became legal in New York?

No gay weddings yet.

None! Oh no…

I’ll be looking for the invite.

It’s in the mail now.

[laughter]

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Broadway Bares Boys Return for Solo Strips

March 24th, 2011 Comments off

Image via Youtube

‘Tis the Season!  Well, not that season—though there will be bells jingled. No, ‘tis the season for stripping or so it would seem from all the fundraisers planned in the run-up to Broadway Bares: Masterpiece, the annual burlesque-style charity event coming this June 19. The first package being unwrapped is a night of teases by some of the fittest—and bravest—men of the Great White Way called Broadway Bares: Solo Strips. Bring your dollar bills (it’s for charity—make ‘em tens) to Splash on Sunday, April 3  at either 8 or 10pm and catch cast members from Memphis, Spider-Man, Catch Me If You Can and more showing off their dance moves and their dance belts. In a sense, it’s a nostalgic return to 1992 and the very origins of Broadway Bares, when Tony-winner Jerry Mitchell and six friends climbed up on the bar at Splash to raise money. Or it’s just a reason to see sexy guys get almost naked. Either way, everybody—including the amazing programs of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS—wins.

After the jump, see a video from last year’s Solo Strips but be warned: unless you’re a scout for Playgirl Magazine, this is not safe viewing for work.

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