Posts Tagged ‘Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’

Woof! Broadway Barks Takes Over Shubert Alley

July 17th, 2013 Comments off
 The Jersey Boys opened the Broadway Barks celebrity presentations with the hit song, Beggin which had Bernadette Peters beggin for more! (photo: Mica Ringo,

The Jersey Boys opened the Broadway Barks celebrity presentations with the hit song, Beggin which had Bernadette Peters beggin for more! (photo: Mica Ringo,

Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters hosted the 15th annual Broadway Barks! this past Saturday — a star-studded dog and cat adoption event benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, sponsored by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and additional sponsorship by the New York Times, Barks! took over Shubert Alley in the heart of the Broadway Theater District.

Michael Urie holding a long haired Chihuahua puppy who is up for adoption with its liter mates at Animal Haven.  (photo: Mica Ringo,

Michael Urie holding a long haired Chihuahua puppy who is up for adoption with its liter mates at Animal Haven. (photo: Mica Ringo,

Marking its 15th anniversary of the organization, Broadway Barks! once again helped hundreds of New York City’s shelter animals find permanent homes by informing New Yorkers about the plight of the thousands of homeless dogs and cats in the metropolitan area. The actual number of pets adopted is still being formulated due to the rigorous review process to ensure that all of Broadway’s four-legged friends find themselves placed in suitable homes.

The ASPCA is proud to sponsor Broadway Barks as it celebrates 15 years of showcasing rescued cats and dogs,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “This event clearly highlights the joys that animals have to offer, but it’s important that we not forget the larger issue of animal homelessness in this city, where thousands of animals are still at risk each year. This event reminds potential pet owners to make pet adoption their first option.”

“Since 2003, the lives of more than 237,000 dogs and cats have been saved through the combined efforts of the Alliance Participating Organizations, many of which, including Animal Care & Control of NYC, have participated in Broadway Barks over the years,” says Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. “This spirit of a collaborative community, manifested so clearly in Broadway Barks!, is moving us closer to the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament will be killed simply because we do not have a home for them. We congratulate Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore for 15 brilliant years of saving lives through Broadway Barks!”

If you missed the event (or didn’t bid high enough to snag your favorite pooch), you can still order a Broadway Barks 2014 Calendar online by clicking here.

Bill Berloni, Lilla Crawford, and Jane Lynch (cast of "Annie") presenting adoptable dogs from the Humane Society of New York. (photo: Mica Ringo,

Bill Berloni, Lilla Crawford, and Jane Lynch (cast of “Annie”) presenting adoptable dogs from the Humane Society of New York. (photo: Mica Ringo,

Broadway Bares Raises the Roof for BC/EFA

July 3rd, 2013 Comments off
Broadway Bares 23 featuring Marty Lawson. (photo: Ryan Mueller)

Broadway Bares 23 featuring Marty Lawson. (photo: Ryan Mueller)

Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America, a randy road trip of modern-day burlesque featuring 220 of New York’s sexiest dancers, raised an all-time record high for the fourth year in a row, hitting $1,430,241 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The 23rd edition of the consistently sold-out annual show (this year’s crowd topped 6,000 attendees) celebrated America’s fruited plains and mountains majesties with a host of spectacular stripteases. The 23 editions of Broadway Bares have now raised more than $11.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Bares 23 featuring Michael Cusumano. (photo: Thomas Vrzala)

Broadway Bares 23 featuring Michael Cusumano. (photo: Thomas Vrzala)

Broadway Cares relied on more than 900 volunteers of every stripe, variety and department whose generosity of time and talent make such an intricate and complicated event like Broadway Bares possible.

Broadway Bares 23 (photo: Danny Roberts)

Broadway Bares 23 (photo: Danny Roberts)

Couldn’t make this year’s Broadway Bares? Here’s a taste of what you missed…

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.
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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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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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VIP Access: Megan Hilty, Broadway Backwards and more…

January 24th, 2013 Comments off

The theater season is kicking into high gear, not just on Broadway but also with special performances and benefits popping up all over town. File your taxes early and use that refund to snag seats to one (or all) of these unique events:

Megan Hilty (photo provided by Dan Dutcher PR)

Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More
March 8
Carnegie Hall

The New York Pops continues its 30th season with an evening of swinging favorites in “Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More.” Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke – described by The New York Times as “young and vigorous, with a playful attitude” (and who doesn’t love that?) – will lead the orchestra as it tips its hat to the Rat Pack, Ella Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe and other stars from the golden age of entertainment. The performance features Broadway and TV starlet Megan Hilty and Ryan Silverman, one of Broadway’s favorite leading men. The program will include “Luck Be a Lady,” “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” music from “Smash” and more.

Tickets $18.50 – $112
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Gyllenhaal Is All Yours, Johannson Slips In & More Theater News

September 21st, 2012 Comments off

Annie Funke & Jake Gyllenhaal in "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet". Photo by Joan Marcus.

You’ve heard of friends with benefits? Well, this is a post with benefits so pucker up and get ready for this week’s theater news round-up…

  • Part theater geek garage sale and part outdoor fan convention, the annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction takes over Shubert Alley & Times Square this Sunday from 10am – 7pm. In addition to the popular autograph table (this year featuring the likes of Cheyenne Jackson, Bebe Neuwirth, Steve Kazee, Bernadette Peters, Jeremy Jordan and more), the marquee event is an auction of priceless memorabilia and events including lunch with Angela Lansbury…with all proceeds going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Start bidding now!
  • Still jonesing for a big ticket reward? The Drama League is sponsoring an online auction of their own with some amazing items including tickets to see If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet including a VIP backstage photo with star Jake Gyllenhaal. Just keep your hands to yourself when you get that picture taken with my boyfriend.
  • David Schwimmer in "Detroit". Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

    There are lots of benefits (ouch, that transition gave me whiplash) to seeing shows beyond Broadway. Check out the glowing reviews for two big, starry Off-Broadway openings this week. First, David Schwimmer and Amy Ryan headline “the superb” new play about downward mobility Detroit at Playwrights Horizons. Then the transcript-based, wrongly accused prisoners docudrama The Exonerated, returns in a revival that “still has the power to unsettle” with its rotating cast including Stockard Channing and Brian Dennehy.

  • Broadway Cares isn’t done yet; they’ve got a benefit — that’s like butter — planned for October 12 titled Hello Gorgeous: A Salute to the Streisand Songbook. Performers scheduled to belt their tuches off include Lorna Luft (Grease 2 again!), Ann Hampton Callaway, Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden), Nick Adams (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert) and Jim Caruso (“Cast Party” at Birdland).
  • The New York Times is reporting that Scarlett Johansson will slip out of her superhero leather and into a slip when she returns to Broadway as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof this winter. Her equally fetching, though perhaps not in a slip, co-stars will be Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson himself Benjamin Walker, Ciaran Hinds and Debra Monk.
  • Finally, start planning your Christmas Day trip to movie theaters now because the big budget adaption of Les Miserables has been moved back two weeks to December 25. Not sure if it will be goodies or coal in your stocking? After the jump, check out a juicy behind-the-scenes preview that made the rounds yesterday. Color me very, very impressed with how some of the singing, recorded live on the set, sounds…

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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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Fire Island Dance Festival Makes a Splash

July 31st, 2012 Comments off

Yosvani Ramos. Photo by Danny Roberts.

Sun, sand and soutenu.

That’s the enticing combo served up at last week’s Fire Island Dance Festival, the annual fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS via the amazing talents of Dancer Responding to AIDS. This 18th edition of the event raised a record breaking $374, 260 and featured ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop, Broadway, and contemporary dance performed against the backdrop of the Great South Bay.

I could try to describe the event — including new works choreographed by Rob Ashford, Monica Bill Barnes, Rennie Harris, Edwaard Liang, and Lizzie MacKenzie — but in this case a picture is definitely worth a thousand words. So take a look at these gorgeous images…

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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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