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Jun 20 2016
Sh*t Just Got Highlights Reel: BROADWAY BARES Recap Video Comments (0)

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Looks like Broadway Bares 26: On Demand was a resounding success.

From a press release:

Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: On Demand raised an impressive $1,482,724 in two performances on Sunday, June 19, 2016. 

Broadway Bares: On Demand featured 198 of New York’s sexiest and most talented dancers, entertaining standing-room-only audiences at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. The evening was dedicated to the victims, families and friends of last week’s Orlando night club tragedy.  

For the first time in the event’s history, Stripathon, an online fundraiser by the show’s cast and crew, was the single largest contributor to the total, raising by showtime a record $612,212.

Also worth noting is the incredible haul made by some of the show's already hard-working dancers:

This year’s top Stripathon fundraiser was Ricky Schroeder*, who raised a remarkable $21,500. He was closely followed by Ariana DeBose, raising an impressive $16,116 – setting a record for most money raised by a woman inBroadway Bares history. Rounding out the top five were Ben Ryan with $16,000, Ed Stanley with $13,347 and Madeline Reed with $12,661.

*Not that one.

Keep reading to watch a sizzle reel of all the highlights from this year's show ...

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Switching It Up: An Illustrated Review Of BROADWAY BARES 26: ON DEMAND Comments (0)

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If you have the names of anyone I referenced but did not name in this review, please feel free to forward to me here. More pics on Facebook. Order Bares DVDs here.

It's that time of year again, when Broadway Bares hosts another pair of burlesque-themed shows to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS—which just handed $150K to the Orlando victims' families—and I worry about getting a good spot.

When I first started going, the show was loud and clear about not wanting photography. There even used DSC00001 to be printed banners asking us to respect the dancers; perversely, I own one. (A sign, not a dancer.) But in spite of the stern warnings, photography was never policed, attendees indulged in it liberally, photos and videos littered the Internet and—in spite of protestations from the powers that be concerning the dancers' feelings—the dancers loved everyone's cellular attention and tagged themselves in photos across social media.

I would guess this only broadened the show's reach and helped sell official DVDs and tickets to future performances.

Order Bares DVDs here.

This year, the show's director, the indefatigable Nick Kenkel, granted a fantastic interview to Billboard. Kenkel noted the show is loosening up on its approach to photos. Even without that official word, the photo-friendly atmosphere last night couldn't be missed—no announcement was made, no signs were spotted. Let the games begin. (Within hours of posting a video consisting of 60 seconds of snippets from the show, I received a friendly take-down notice, the first time I've ever heard of this happening after the fact. Perhaps it was because it was video, but Instagram has plenty of that up already, too. Hm.)

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 2.37.07 PMWith stand-outs Erik Altemus (top), Mark MacKillop (L) & Ben Ryan (R)

I was front-and-center for the June 19, 2016, midnight edition of Broadway Bares 26: On Demand at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The theme was TV, which is kind of like radio doing a special about TV in the '50s considering TV is theater's biggest rival! It seems like millennial gays are increasingly addicted to their shows, like old ladies used to be to soap operas—it's a wonder they can be counted on to buy tickets to anything, even a show like Bares, which is a reliable taint buffet.

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In line waiting to get in, an adorable young guy from Utah was trying to remain spoiler-free, looking away from the phones of the guys ahead of him ... they were watching Game of Thrones. He later had to put up with a precociously smashed guy groping him and asking him such long-lost Proust Questionnaire queries as, “How are you even here?” and, “Where do you sleep?”

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DSC09372Not-so-secret stache: Erik Altemus

The show kicked off with “Bares TV,” setting up the plot: Failing TV station (fronted by Lesli Margherita and populated by Morgan Weed, Erik Altemus and Michael Longoria) decides that sex sells, so decides to sell sex from within every offering on the network: News, weather, soaps, VOD and more.

Who knew On Demand was a docuseries?

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6-PACK — Jeffree Star Gives Till It Hurt$ + Euro Pride Events, Sir Paul McCartney Honor Orlando + Mexican Soccer Fans Are Still Anti-Gay + Father's Day At Guy Ritchie's + Rupert Everett Continues To Be An Embarrassment! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureMakeup genie Jeffree Star is anti-Kylie Jenner, but pro-LGBT Orlando victims—donated $20K to the cause!

*widget boy cultureEuropean Gay Pride events have expressed solidarity with Orlando: Vienna, Berlin and beyond.

*widget boy cultureSir Paul McCartney wore a rainbow flag while crooning “Yesterday” in honor of the Orlando victims. Help here.

*widget boy cultureMexican soccer fans continue to chant the anti-LGBT slur “puto,” even in the shadow of Orlando.

*widget boy cultureUncomplicated Daddy's Day for Guy Ritchie.

*widget boy cultureRupert Everett demeans Caitlyn Jenner as a “cross-dresser,” Madonna as “the anti-Christ.” Go back into the closet, Rupert. 

 
Jun 16 2016
6-PACK — Marines Mock Orlando, Promise More + Obama Meets With Victims' Families + Broadway Cares About Orlando + Hillary's Veep Shortlist + Bernie Is Bernie Or Bust + A STAR IS RE-BORN! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureTwo West Coast marines are under investigation for an obviously Orlando-related threat to gay bars. Disgusting thugs.

*widget boy culturePresident Obama meets with, hugs Orlando victims' families: “These families could be our families—in fact, they are our families...”

*widget boy cultureBroadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS donates $150K to Orlando victims' families. Exec. Dir. Viola: “We stand with our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community in Orlando ...”

*widget boy cultureHillary's veep shortlist has zero surprises, including Warren, Brown, Kaine, Perez, Castro and others.

*widget boy cultureBernie Sanders still thinks he's a thing.

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are about to remake A Star Is Born. I'm not seeing the chemistry, nor am I seeing the need for another remake of this ...?

 

 
6-PACK — BROADWAY BARES On Demand + Friendly Skies + Jamaican A.G. Dishonors Orlando Dead + Republicans Spit In Face Of Orlando Dead + Nick Jonas Advertises Firm Booty + YOU CAN PEE NEXT TO ME! Comments (0)

13450859_10153452491796152_1716994846620615283_nPledge to help Mark MacKillop reach his charitable goal here. (Image via Mark MacKillop)

*widget boy cultureThe June 19 Broadway Bares installment will be TV-oriented with a “brand-nude spin.” Plus, Laverne Cox landed Rocky Horror from last year's perf.

*widget boy cultureHow an Orlando victim's grandma was treated on a JetBlue flight will bring you to tears.

*widget boy cultureJamaica's A.G. has a problem with the U.S. embassy raising a rainbow flag in honor of Orlando. I, in turn, have a problem with Jamaica's A.G.

*widget boy cultureIn the shadow of the Orlando mass shooting, Republicans blocked a gay-rights bill in the House. Fuck you, Gays for Trump.

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 12.42.10 AMNick was ambivalent about the idea of furries. (Video still via Bravo)

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas tells Andy Cohen he absolutely likes getting spanked: “I've got a firm ass.”

*widget boy cultureOkay with trans people in the bathroom? Urine good company: George Takei agrees! Shirt benefits Equality NC.

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 12.29.55 AM(Image via George Takei/Equality NC)

 
Jun 15 2016
This Pride Month, Send A Crystal-Clear Statement On Orlando Comments (0)

 

 
Jun 14 2016
Support Homeless LGBT Youth: Join Michael Longoria & Ashley Austin Morris At SONGS FOR NEW ALTERNATIVES Comments (0)

12823358_1120375877981272_2044742191335143240_oLongoria's current album: Broadway Brick by Brick (Image via Michael Longoria)

Original Jersey Boys cast member Michael Longoria is hosting Songs for New Alternatives, a June 23 Pride concert that will benefit homeless LGBT youth via the charity New Alternatives.

With special co-host Ashley Austin Morris, Longoria's lineup features Constantine Maroulis, Diana DeGarmo, Daniel Reichard, Marty Thomas, Christina Bianco, Tori Scott, Ryan Raftery, Willito Rivera, Matthew Gagnon, Felicia Finley, Alexa Green, Ashanti J’aria, Danny Longoria, Tim Young, Jennifer Malenke, Michelle Dowdy, Cameron Mitchell Bell, Jennifer Bishop, Matthew Roscoe, Jenna Miller, Kristina Nicole Miller, Marissa Pontecorvo and Andrea Nardello.

Longoria says, “I strongly identify with the need to feel at 'home,' which is deeply missed when you are young and LGBT, estranged from family, and feel that there is nowhere that you belong. We need to look out for the LGBT youth of our community, if we don’t, who will?”

From a press release:

Broadway singer/actor Michael Longoria, along with Taylor James of 42West PR and Kristina Bramhall from Telsey + Company, are putting together a benefit concert for "New Alternatives", an organization that helps homeless LGBT youth (16-24) become self-sufficient and transition out of the shelter system and into stable adult lives. Their services include case management, education services, life skills training, community-building recreational opportunities for self-expression and support services for HIV+ youth. 

The benefit is also a celebration of PRIDE kick off! ...

There will be a raffle at the event with prizes including:

Tickets to The Color Purple (Broadway)

Broadway Records Album Package

Bottle of Pinot By Tituss Autographed by Tituss Burgess

Tickets to Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway)

Tickets to Kinky Boots (Broadway)

Tickets to Finding Neverland (Broadway)

Tickets to Himself and Nora (Off Broadway)

Tickets to Trip of Love (Off Broadway)

Tickets to Feinstein’s/54Below

The show starts at 9 p.m. at Hardware, 697 10th Ave., NYC, NY 10036. $10 suggested donation.

 
Jun 13 2016
6-PACK/orlando — McConnell's Tone-Deaf Call For Silence + Trump Accuses Obama Of Terrorist Sympathies + Shooter Facebook-Friended Gay Club Owner, Cased Disney + Remember The UpStairs Lounge + MORE Comments (0)

The #Senate will hold a moment of silence at 4:00 PM this afternoon to honor the victims of the #Orlando tragedy.

*widget boy cultureLaughably, pro-gun, anti-LGBT Mitch McConnell directs moment of silence in Congress—best reply: “y'all BEEN silent.”

*widget boy cultureTrump implies Obama is in cahoots with terrorists. White House: Obama's record “includes a lot of dead terrorists.”

*widget boy cultureOmar Mateen allegedly sent Facebook friend request to owner of another Orlando gay bar. 2nd wife claims he cased Walt Disney World. Mom once arrested!

*widget boy cultureDavid Mixner invokes terrible memory of UpStairs Lounge (32 burned alive in '73) in piece on tragedy at Pulse, knocks Republican gay-baiting.

*widget boy cultureTMZ grabs UFC superstar Daniel Cormie, who tells LGBT people: “The entire world is behind you and we'll get through this together.”

*widget boy cultureT-shirt being sold to raise money on behalf of the victims and survivors of Pulse.

One_pulse_paul_richmond_largeGive till it hurts, or until it stops hurting. (Image via Paul Richmond)

 


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