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Jun 19 2012
Bottoms Up—A Review Of Broadway Bares XXII: Happy Endings Comments (7)

IMG_0488You've gotta hand it to them

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1 IMG_0608It was that time of year again—another  Broadway Bares fleshfest to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS—and we were late. My buddy Jason and I walked up to the Roseland around 10:15PM ahead of the midnight show, and the line had already wrapped around onto Broadway. I figured everything would work out, and yet I also swore that 2013 would be my year to see both the 9:30PM and midnight shows to double up on photos and videos.

1 img674Andy Mills is so hot he must have some beanstalkers out there

We'd been to the show many times before. In fact, you can flash back to those times here, here, here and here.

A sign posted before the show reminded us that photography was disrespectful to the participants, yet their excitement at being asked to pose told a different story. Why look amazing and wear an outlandish outfit if you're not going to let people document you for posterity?

Let's start with the best video: "Rotation"

IMG_0478In line we were joking with friends and came up with a parody that Jackie Beat needs to do—"Christian Fister" set to "Sister Christian", all about a holier-than-thou Bible-thumper who's secretly a pig bottom. These are the kinds of things that get said while waiting to see 200+ dudes and chicks in the almost-buff. That and the remark that Elena Roger is so hated in Evita thaf if she were to do Broadway Bares the crowd would root for HIV. Don't get made at me—I liked the production! (P.S. More seriously, why couldn't Ricky Martin have done Bares this year?)

Hot will photoA Smashing good time was had by all (thanks to Greg for these 2 pix)

My pal Greg exited the first show and promptly told us of seeing Christian Borle (formerly married to Sutton Foster, a piece of trivia that bears repeating at every opportunity), Steve Kazee and Will Chase (all pictured above) entering the midnight show together as VIPs, but mostly we were scoping out the rather hot crowd. We'd just done Folsom Street East earlier in the day (100s of photos coming soon) and it can be hard to turn off being turned on.

IMG_0757Hirsute is back! No stopping me when love handles come back in.

IMG_0491Inside, we dashed to the central of three stages and I glaciered my way from one body away to being right at the stage. It seemed to me to be an ideal spot, though there is an argument to be made against being too close—I wound up shooting straight up at some of the performers, which worked out well in cases where we're talking about a lead performer in a kilt.

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1 1IMG_0489A wandering stud fondled this undercover agent pre-show

Before the show, which was themed to fairy tales, two lovely ladies fluttered overhead like gigantic Tinkerbells as sexy boys made the rounds selling memorabilia but giving everything else away in their skimpy outfits. There was a childlike sense of wonder in the air as well as the rather more grown up scent of balls. One had to be careful not to slip in the pools of Pavlovian drool once the lights went down signaling the main event was about to unfold.

The opening, "Happy Endings",  was one of the most spectacular I can remember, a light-hearted romp starring superfit Kyle Dean Massey (those jean shorts were so lucky) as The (Gay) Boy and GCB's Miriam Shor as his Fairy Godmother. "Well, I used to be a good Christian bitch," she announced. "Now—I'm just a bitch."

IMG_0497Bet leggy Kyle Dean Massey has never needed help seeking happy endings

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Kyle Dean Massey Miriam Shor IMG_0519aKyle & Miriam were a Shor thing

But a well-intentioned bitch, and one who promised to help him find his own happy ending via a magical song she performed with backing by her Goddamnettes (Holly Davis, Chelsea Morgan Stock and Dan'Yelle Williamson)—it was consistently hysterical and bawdy.

Img_0520bThese guys started great...

Img_0520d...but ended even better! (Jeff Metzler front—and back—'n' center!)

How can you not like a song that seamlessly segues into a limerick containing the word "cunty"?

Next up was "Mirror Mirror", an inventive piece featuring Grasan Kingsberry as an Evil Queen (the kind that lives in Hell's Kitchen and eats a lot of whey) scrutinizing his image in the mirror to the point of obsession.

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IMG_0521BAdam Fleming & Guto Bittencourt certainly didn't have any frogs to kiss


IMG_0528Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's got the fairest one of all?

The dancers (including favorites of mine Adam Fleming and Guto Bittencourt) mirrored each other's movements to perfection and helped get the dancetastic show off to a running (man) start.

"Puss in Boots" began as a female-dominated number as a dozen or so women in catsuits purr-formed to Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'", but it soon became a male vs. female West Side Story, complete with a duel in place of a knife fight.

IMG_0536cThe stage was on fire with hot pussies (Candice Monet McCall & Charlie Sutton)

The leads definitely showed their claws and sank their teeth into this one. They left us all with our tails in the air for more.

The sexiest number I've ever seen at a Bares arrived next in the form of "Goldilocks and the Bears". In this retelling, Goldilocks (played by Andy Mills, who seems to have taken the mantle of Bares MVP from absent veteran Joshua Buscher) played a frightened twink and the bears, headed up by beefy Justin Smith and including my pal Armando Farfan Jr., were, well, bears.

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Watching them paw at and easily disrobe Mills was simultaneously funny and boner-producing (any fairy tale can benefit from a magic wand, right?), but seeing Smith spread Mills and lap at his honey pot made one squint to see if a dental dam might be in use.

IMG_0544Papa Bear Justin Smith was too hot (which is just right)

IMG_0546Smith, Taylor Sternberg & Michael Blatt watch their prey


IMG_0536hIs Andy Mills the ultimate in bear bait?

Even crazier, Mills was then dumped into a net and hoisted into the air with Farfan, being swatted and straddled all the way—I wonder which of the violations he received in this number was "just right"? Truly a daring and perfectly choreographed/executed number, one that ended with plenty of fairy tail.

Jennifer Tilly poured on the Elizabeth Ashley as an Evil Stepmother. "Just think of me as a sort of a Patti LuPone, only without the stepmother part," she cracked.

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Kyle Dean Massey IMG_0557An opportunity to further ogle Massey's massive package

Her other zinger included the suggestion that watching reruns of Smash is a form of torture, which everyone howled at because I have no doubt everyone in the room has seen every episode against better judgment. Wonder how Borle and Chase took that one?

"Snow White" tossed in some adwarfable dancers and starred a pleasingly vampy Nikka Graff Lanzarone. Truthfully, I found it to be one of the least satisfying conceptually of the lot, but she and her boys were flawless and it definitely had a wonderful, old-school burlesque quality as it wound down.

IMG_0560_bAn apple a gay keeps all your dwarves gay

IMG_0568Cedric Leiba Jr. sparkled

Snow white broadway bares IMG_0564Fishing for attention (Nate Braga, Anthony Rooar Decarlis, Cedric Leiba Jr. & Michael Munoz)

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"Snow White" also had the misfortune of being the only number during which the track cut out—and I must say the performers handled it very well (no rose-red faces) until the sound returned just in time for it to wrap. Pure professionalism.

"Pinocchio" was another of the show's highlights, a raunchy routine featuring another Bares regular—sex imp Matthew Skrincosky—as the boy made of wood who really sticks it to his daddy (Kevin Loomis). As the inventive choreography demonstrated in a variety of ways, being wooden isn't all bad.

IMG_0560fThe outfit Matt should always be forced to wear

Nothing wooden about Skrincosky, who's firm in some spots and plush in others, and who always has the best facial expressions for this kind of show; the boy really throws himself into the camp aspect of every number I've seen him do.

IMG_0560hThis Daddy/boy action made for Geppetto's most memorable Father's Day

IMG_0560cI'm an avowed ass man, but even if I weren't, my nose would grow if I didn't admit the eye-popping perfection of his—framed in a red jockstrap, it was all but presented to us on a platter (a deep squat, even a quick one, is something to cherish in your mind or on Vimeo forever, even if I regret I wasn't able to capture it at 100%). If you were going to create yourself an ideal boy, you could do a lot worse than whittling yourself Mr. Skrincosky.

Hot on the heels of "Pinocchio" was "Aladdin", which was probably the show's best overall. It wasn't the most daring (though it had plenty of skin), but it was a Broadway-ready production number featuring the prodigious talents of Reed Kelly.

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Aladdin reed kelly IMG_0596E"Aladdin" left me wanting to rub someone's magic lamp

Kelly's dancing and that of the entire troupe was just spectacular—to get this for $50 would have been enough, but to get an entire show plus this was charity in reverse. The costumes were also stunning, in particular the menacing yet erotic Middle Eastern masks on the dancing boys.

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Aladdin reed kelly IMG_0596FTops, bottoms & the Middle East

It wouldn't have worked thematically, but "Aladdin" could easily have been a show-closer. As it was, it was a real show-stopper.

I enjoyed "Rapunzel" for its clever appropriation of Lady Gaga's "Hair".

IMG_0597aAngela Brydon was the mane event

Bare ass IMG_0597cWho was hornier—Lady Bunny or her unicorns?

The girls really worked this one out, then things went to the next level when Lady Bunny emerged with some gigantic scissors (very slimming it is to hold huge instruments) and began hacking at everything in sight to the tune of "Turn Me On". I wouldn't hire Bunny for any intimate hair removal you may need around your carrot, however.

"The Pied Piper" (with my new crush Nick McGough and with another on my list of all-time crushes, Sidney Erik Wright), called to mind Madonna's Drowned World Tour. It was another out-of-the-balls-park piece of choreography, starring a gang of guys in kilts who of course stripped off and discarded their underwear mid-song.

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Broadway bares pied piper IMG_0599eThese boys didn't skirt any issues

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Broadway bares pied piper IMG_0599dNick McGough = wow, just wow!

I didn't catch any underwear, but I sure caught it when the guys did flips and/or spun around, flashing the kinds of rumps that just about anyone would have a hard time resisting pursuing. It's not always about the pipe.

A big wow came in the form of the gorgeous "Sleeping Beauty", enacting a truly romantic and convincingly sensual tale of boy-on-boy love that made judicious use of the leads' (Brandon Pereyda and Barry Lowin) aerial skills.

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Broadway bares sleeping beauty img_0607cGiving "air ball" a whole new meaning

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Broadway bares sleeping beauty img_0607eAll's well that ends well

Seeing them dangling above us nearly nude, entwined and "in love" was one of the night's many tender moments. As dirty as the show as—and it many agents are probably having heart attacks still—it was also quite romantic. This number was no mere "Sleeping" booty-call.

"Ugly Duckling", starring Brandon Rubendall and stunning, Rihanna-esque female lead Adar Wellington, had a lot of nice anti-bullying messaging and some of the evening's most tightly choreographed and hippest moves.

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Broadway bares ugly duckling IMG_0625Their swan song was a real feather in their caps

It felt modern in spite of the somewhat obvious choice of using Lady Gaga's "Born This Way".

The finale's highlight, "Happily Ever After", was a spine-tingling, heartfelt cover of "We Found Love" by Evita's Rachel Potter with beautiful John Carroll arriving in the form of Prince Charming to take the hand of Massey's Boy in marriage. (A joke about enjoying marriage equality for five more months until Mitt Romney becomes president made me squirm...let's try to avoid that scenario.)

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1 broadway bares john carroll IMG_0636Here we go a'Carrolling

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Hot rachel broadway bares rachel potter IMG_0638Rachel's lovely voice = Smooth Potter

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Kiss 1 broadway bares kyle dean massey IMG_0648It was a fairy-tale bromance

It was giddily positive, a perfect Gay Pride Month confection.


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IMG_0630ESkrincosky, Mills & others having a gay old time at show's end

Tony Judith Light IMG_0659The show ended with Judith Light being called to the stage to thank the company and to introduce a "very special guy"—even though she recently won a Tony, a hilarious heckler was thinking of another when he shouted out, "Tony Danza!" Light took it with a grin but instead wound up introducing Jerry Mitchell, whose adult baby Broadway Bares is.

Judith Light IMG_0661A Light in the darkness

IMG_0664He's the boss—Jerry Mitchell

The top money-earners were introduced, including my good friend Andrew Glaszek as first runner-up among guys—congrats to him on that. Reed Kelly was the overall winner again, raising over $30,000 on his own. He is truly the silly goose who laid the golden egg. (And who definitely got laid after the show if that was on his to-do list.)

Sidney IMG_0658Love Sidney—Sidney Erik Wright pre-"Rotation"

IMG_0666Looking up to Mr. Mitchell

IMG_0667An arty-looking photo of a John Carroll nip slip


IMG_0671Tony Guerrero, Andrew Chappelle & Ray Sheen

IMG_0670Nothing could have camouflaged this prize-winner

It was finally time for the best part of Bares, "Rotation".

Even if you go through life feeling like a hemorrhoid at an orgy—unwelcome and purposefully worked around—"Rotation" is for you. The guys 'n' gals go out of their way to be warm and welcoming, opening their arms (and in many cases their legs) to anyone with paper money and a charitable paw.

Armando farfan IMG_0680Officially an Armando Farfanboy

IMG_680AA couple of tree trunks worth climbing

IMG_680BDuring this frantic 15-minute sea of limbs, buns and Benjamins (or at least Georges), all of the performers gyrate around the three stages, rotating positions when told to by the announcer, as all of us mere mortals jockey for position so we may stuff unwanted cash into their Jockeys. The joy this brings can not be overstressed, even if this year some of my favorites were a tad overdressed—I prefer g-strings or (in rare cases) jockstraps, but granny-panty Speedos seem to be taking over. It's smarter to bundle up in case you rake in a bundle (where to hold cash if your asshole is winking at the world, eh?)...but then again, you might make less if you wear more.


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Ass eric hatch IMG_0740Eric Hatch was clearly one of the stars of "Rotation"

IMG_0742Eric Hatch & Matthew Steffens

Short of stumbling across one of these dudes on, this could be your only chance to touch 'em up, though any dancer I've ever donated to will tell you I personally take the ginger and gentlemanly route, fingering them only with my eyes.

Shirtless andrew glaszek reed kellyMoney magnets Andrew Glaszek & Reed Kelly

I was thrilled to get to see a triumphant Andrew, who introduced me to Reed Kelly. I also found love from Sidney, from a wary Skrincosky, from Andy Mills (so sweet—he always looks like he doesn't really get that everyone in the room is in love with him) and countless others. The more times I attend this function, the more I am remembered by the memorable-themselves dancers, so I'm happy to get willing poses and even a few friendly kisses.

Andy zeffer IMG_680ERan into my old roomie, Andy Zeffer (author of Going Down in La La Land)



IMG_680HSo many men! Especially loved meeting Mr. Beard, above (aka Mario Matthews)

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Andy mills guys IMG_0684Andy is dandy

I actually ran into one well known dancer in the crowd who was just about to kiss an ass onstage, but you know I'm far too discreet to say who it was or to post any pictures.

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IMG_0715"Perfect" is an overused word, but...I mean...right? Wayne Wilcox = perfect.

IMG_0753Others I spotted in the crowd include former (and future? please?) performers James Tabeek and Michael Cusumano (pictured, at left) as well as activist/reality star/model Jack Mackenroth.

Asses broadway bares IMG_0690A sea of bodies to see

IMG_680MWould you have kilt to have been this close to Nick McGough?

Peter nelson broadway bares IMG_0728I wished upon a star and wound up next to breathtaking Peter Nelson

IMG_0697A Matt convention

Dave august IMG_0707A snap with Dave August would be anyone's crowning glory

IMG_0709Sidney Erik Wright & Steven Wenslawski

IMG_0710The money shot

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IMG_0711An opportunity to have one's head between Sidney Erik Wright's legs

The stage emptied quickly this time around—I think we wasted a few minutes just kind of stunned and then a few more duking it out to get to Andy, whose area was clotted with desperation—but the final moments were unforgettable, including a couple of guys doing a scissor sisters pose (not the band, the original meaning) and then passionately making out.

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Gay ass IMG_0737Barrett Davis is the expressive one

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Bare butt IMG_0743zThere were rears for years and years

IMG_0755I'm assuming his beans are magic

IMG_0756The shy and retiring Colin Cunliffe strikes a modest pose

Sure, I take pictures and videos of all this, but I'm also sure to stuff twenties, not ones and certainly not coins, into everyone's coffers. I figure it's the least I can do when they're so charitably donating their time, talent and tender parts.

IMG_680NNow that's a motherfuckin' finale, y'all! (Tony Guerrero + Rory Hughes)

Please support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS here—this year, the show raised over $1.2 million. And see you next year for Broadway Bares XXIII! I think next year should be an '80s tribute.


Finally, here are some highlights from the program...

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