Monday, June 27, 2011

Tonight - CABARETION 2.0! Honoring Charles Busch

The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, the organization dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway,

will Charles Busch with the 2011 Innovative Theatre Luminary Award
at CABARETION 2.0!

[KA-ba-'RAY-sh-un !], noun - The fusion of contribution, performance, and celebration of the Off-Off-Broadway community.

Monday, June 27, 2011
6 - 9 pm

Therapy's upstairs lounge
348 West 52nd Street

Tickets begin at $40 per guest and can be purchased at www.nyitawards.com/shop.

Host:  Harrison Greenbaum

Performers:
Internet sensation Drew Droege
Three Tenors in Search of an Act
Tracie Franklin
Christopher Weikel

Special Guests:
Charles Busch
Julie Halston
Carl Andress

In a special presentation by Julie Halston, the 2011 Innovative Theatre Luminary Award will be presented to Charles Busch. A luminary is someone who is an inspiration to others and has achieved eminence in their field.

As an Off-Off-Broadway alumnus, Busch knows the challenges that face artists in this sector. Busch was one of the founders of the legendary OOB company Theatre in Limbo in the 1980's, where he honed his skills on such plays as Sleeping Beauty or Coma and Psycho Beach Party. It was the Theatre in Limbo's production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom that first propelled Busch into the lime light. While he has reached great success, he continues to be a part of the OOB community. He was the first host for the Innovative Theatre Awards in 2006, celebrating the Off-Off-Broadway community and his roots. His productions of Shanghai Moon (1999) and The Divine Sister (2010) both premiered at the OOB house, Theatre for a New City. His dedication, generosity and numerous talents continue to be an inspiration to his fellow artists.

"I'm enormously touched to be recognized by the Innovative Theatre Awards," says Mr. Busch. "From the beginning, my career has taken me on a twisted and frequently fascinating back road. I'm delighted if my experience has in some way illuminated that path for young artists to travel."

The $40 ticket includes:

The special award presentation

Cabaret performance

1 hour of passed hors d'oeuvres

3 hours of open beer and wine bar


CABARETION 2.0!
Monday, June 27, 2011
6pm to 9pm
At Therapy - The Upstairs Lounge
348 West 52nd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Tickets begin at $40 per guest and can be purchased at www.nyitawards.com/shop.

Friday, June 24, 2011

New York Neo-Futurists to Present 5th Anniversary Edition of LGBT-Themed "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" This Weekend

Recipients of the 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Awards Cafe Cino Fellowship
“Best Performance Artists in New York”-Village Voice
“2009 Artists of the Year”-Artists Forum Magazine
“2009 People of the Year”-nytheatre.com

Recipients of The 2009 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Ensemble NEW YORK NEO-FUTURISTS are pleased to present their 5th anniversary special edition of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, benefiting LGBTQ advocacy and activism in Uganda for the second year in a row. TOO MUCH PRIDE MAKES THE BABY GO GAY: 30 GAY PLAYS IN 60 STRAIGHT MINUTES will be presented at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003) on Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th at 10:30pm.

30 short plays, curated from the past five years of LGBTQ-themed Neo-Futurist plays (with several newly commissioned works written exclusively for this Pride Show), reveal the struggle, the joy, the power of being out and proud in New York City in support of acceptance and freedom for all the world's citizens.

Too Much Pride Makes the Baby Go Gay: 30 Gay Plays in 60 Straight Minutes, will be raising money to benefit LGBTQ advocacy in Uganda through the Fund for Global Human Rights, in an effort to combat the continued push for legislation that could make it a criminal offense to be gay, with punishment by imprisonment and even execution, and to reverse the hatred and violence which led to recent murder of gay Ugandan activist David Kato.

The cast will include current New York Neo-Futurists Christopher Borg, Roberta Colindrez, Cara Francis, Ryan Good, Nicole Hill, Jacquelyn Landgraf, Dan McCoy, Joey Rizzolo, brand new Neo-Futurists Cecil Baldwin and Kate Jones, and Neo-Futurists alums Yeauxlanda Kay and Sarah Levy. Founding New York Neo-Futurist and award-winning slam poet Regie Cabico is scheduled to open both shows with a spoken word performance.

Tickets are $20.00. Advance tickets can be purchased online at http://www.nyneofuturists.org/ or by calling 212-352-3101.

For more information visit http://www.nyneofuturists.org/

THE NEW YORK NEO-FUTURISTS are an ensemble of dynamic writer/performer/directors who present the critically acclaimed, energetic show of original short plays, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind--a non-illusory collage of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental, while embracing chance, change, and chaos. Developing out of the format that has been a success in Chicago since 1988, the New York NeoFuturists have roots in NYC from the mid 90’s. Since opening TML in New York, they have created over 2,300 plays and continue to present new and vital work every weekend in the East Village. For more info: http://www.nynf.org/

FUND FOR GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS Securing basic dignity and freedom for people worldwide requires that front-line organizations challenge abuse wherever it occurs. The Fund finds and funds local human rights heroes who often work at great personal risk to strengthen and bring global attention to their struggles. For more info: http://www.globalhumanrights.org/

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Interview with Mark Jason Williams of "The Other Day"

Name: Mark Jason Williams
Play: The Other Day
Relationship to production: Playwright
Website: http://www.markjasonwilliams.com/

Tell me a little about your play.

The Other Day is a funny, poignant and authentic look at the complexities of intimate relationships, both gay and straight. It follows the story of Mark and Santo, who fall in love after a chance meeting, and do their best to make things work over the years, until Mark’s friend Dina rips away the shiny veneer covering the men's fragile relationship. With the hope of moving on, Mark takes Santo and Dina on a vacation to Amsterdam, where each faces an emotional journey that redefines their relationships in surprising ways.


When it comes to relationships, do you think gay couples face the same issues as straight couples?

Relationships, whether they are between gay or straight couples, are universally complicated. I think we all face the same issues relating to insecurities, doubts, jealously, compromise, and making sure the person you are with is the right person. I think gay couples often have the “what now?” challenge that straight couples don’t, meaning that society has a set a standard for men and women to fall in love, get married, have children, and though we’ve made some progress, it’s still not the easy for gay people. I’m not suggesting a couple needs to follow society’s pattern in order to love another, but it would be nice to have the option. I also see a lot more open relationships within the gay community, which is something that fascinates me. I can understand and appreciate the notion of wanting sexual freedom, but then couples have all of these rules. Don’t kiss. Don’t have sex on a Tuesday. And I think, if you need all of these rules, then you’re not really free.

Tell me a little about the cast and crew of The Other Day.

They are some of the most talented people you will ever experience. Lars D. Drew, who plays the character of Mark, captures the nuances and insecurities of a gay man in his 30’s with raw honesty and humor. Amadeo Fusca, who plays Santo, is like a young Marlon Brando--a real dramatic powerhouse, yet charming and easy to relate to. Zach Wegner, who comes to us following The Deep Throat Sex Scandal, charms the pants off the audience, and makes them laugh and cry with one shot. And Elena Zazanis, winner of the 2010 Planet Connections Award for Best Actress in a Play, keeps the men in check! Seriously, her portrayal of Dina, a woman trying to help her best friend move on while struggling to come to terms with her own failing relationship, is so natural and so moving, you feel like you’ve known her for 10 years! Of course, last but not least is director Valentina Fratti, who is beyond brilliant. She got the humor, tenderness and themes of the play in about seven seconds, and has been an utter joy to work with. Her direction, in my opinion, is flawless and really keeps the show moving.

I understand that this production benefits the Hetrick-Martin Institute. How did you choose them as your charity?

I admire what Hetrick-Martin does for the LGTBQ youth. I got bullied a lot in high school, and I wish I had a safe place such as the Harvey Milk High School. I think it really does allow LGBTQ teenagers to be themselves and focus on what they’d like to make of their life.

You've written several plays, including "Recovery" which won awards at last year's Planet Connections festival. Do you often focus on LGBT issues or have a gay angle in your plays?

Actually, The Other Day is my first play that has gay characters, and it’s not even so much about them being gay. It’s a love story, and can be very much between a man or a woman, or two women, or even two cats. I’ve just started another play with LGBT themes, because the character told me he wanted to be gay as I was writing him. I’m all about the character! Recovery is a heterosexual love story, but that was never a conscience choice, it just happened. Those characters could easily be gay. I don’t feel like I have a responsibility as a gay playwright to only write gay shows, but I know that when I do write gay characters, I have a responsibility to make them authentic, honest and a non-stereotype. In other words, human.

Speaking of Recovery, it will be part of this year's Fringe Festival. Do you have similar plans to bring The Other Day back for the New York or other regional Fringe Festivals?

Yes! I’m very excited about Recovery returning to the New York stage, and it’s an honor and a thrill to be part of FringeNYC this year. The Other Day will be appearing in this year’s Chicago Fringe, which is also very exciting, and then I would love to bring it back to New York for an extended run, if I can find a producer...

Good luck and thanks for taking the time to talk about your show.


The Other Day plays its final performances at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity on Tuesday, June 21 at 4:00PM and Wednesday, June 22 at 8:00PM at the Robert Moss Theatre (440 Lafayette Street).

Monday, June 20, 2011

1ST ANNUAL OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARDS RECEPTION TO BE HELD AT SARDI’S JUNE 21

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing firms, will present the inaugural Off Broadway Alliance Awards Reception on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at Sardi’s. Honorees will be on hand to receive their awards and Romulus Linney, Ellen Stewart and Lanford Wilson will be posthumously inducted into the Off Broadway Hall of Fame.


The announcement was made today by Peter Breger, Chairman of the Off Broadway Alliance.

“Off Broadway’s vibrant contributions to the cultural and economic fiber of New York City are on display from Broadway to the Bowery, from the Upper West Side to the Lower East Side, in theaters, concert halls, places of worship and even a hotel,” said Breger. “What an auspicious time to honor the best of Off Broadway past and present and to celebrate the 2011 theater season.”

Among the attendees will be Legend of Off Broadway honorees Charles Busch, Julie Halston, Tom Jones, Everett Quinton and Blue Man Group. Tanya Berezin, a founder of Circle Repertory Theater, will posthumously honor Off Broadway Hall of Fame inductee Lanford Wilson and Laura Callanan will posthumously honor her husband, Hall of Fame inductee Romulus Linney.

Other honorees scheduled to appear include producer Tom D’Angora and Christine Pedi accepting the award for Best New Musical for NEWSical the Musical: Full Spin Ahead; Playwright Mark St. Germain and the cast of Freud’s Last Session accepting the award for Best New Play; Lori Fineman, executive director of The Transport Group, accepting the award for Best Musical Revival for Hello Again; Punchdrunk accepting their award for Best Unique Theatrical Event for Sleep No More; and Colin Lewellyn and Danielle Pakradooni accepting the Best Long-Running Show Award for Blue Man Group.

Other distinguished guests include The Book of Mormon’s Andrew Rannells and Lewis Cleale as well as Rita Gardner and Blaire Stauffer – the original Luisa and Mute in the 1960 company of The Fantasticks.

The awards honor outstanding achievement in Off Broadway theater for the 2010-2011 season. Admission to the awards ceremony is by invitation only.

The Off Broadway Alliance is a non-profit corporation organized by theater professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of Off Broadway theater and to making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences. The Alliance holds monthly meetings and membership is open to everyone in the Off Broadway theater community.

Among its initiatives, The Off Broadway Alliance founded and sponsors 20at20, the biannual event where you can buy $20 tickets to dozens of Off Broadway shows twenty minutes before curtain. It produces a free Seminar Series focusing on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway featuring major players from the Off Broadway scene. It also administers the free "This Day in Off Broadway History" online calendar. The Alliance released the first ever Off Broadway Economic Impact Report, which detailed Off Broadway's $461 million annual impact on the economy of the City of New York.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Drunken! Careening! Writers! - Glitter and Be Gay Edition

Drunken! Careening! Writers!
"Glitter and Be Gay"

Featuring: Isa Coffey, Joel Derfner, Jenifer Levin and Bob Smith

Thursday, June 23 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

KGB Bar

85 E. 4th St.
New York, New York

FREE!

Drunken! Careening! Writers! is a reading series based on the proposition that all readings should be by: 1) Good Writers; 2) Who read their work well; 3) Something in it makes people laugh (nervous laughter counts). And 15 minutes tops.


ISA COFFEY was turned down last summer (post hire) for a job teaching high school sexuality after the faculty scanned the web only to discover that she didn't use a pseudonym for writing smut. When not writing work inappropriate for high school students, Isa Coffey can be found teaching tenderly raucous sexuality workshops including how to whip up aphrodisiac liqueurs; puff on erotic smoke; and, once and for all, find that elusive clitoris. Her work has been seen in Best Lesbian Erotica 2008 and the award-winning Sometimes She Lets Me.


JOEL DERFNER is from Charleston, South Carolina, where his great-grandmother had an affair with George Gershwin. Musicals to which he's written the score have played in London, New York, and several cities in between (going counterclockwise). Joel is or has been an aerobics instructor, a knitter, a go-go boy, a math teacher, a cheerleader, and the author of Gay Haiku and Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Happened Instead. He can be found at joelderfner.com.


JENIFER LEVIN is the Author of novels Water Dancer, Snow, Shimoni's Lover, and The Sea of Light; short story collection Love and Death, & Other Disasters. Short fiction and nonfiction widely anthologized. Have written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, Forward, and others. Taught fiction writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and at The Writer's Voice in NYC, back when it was a fun place. My new nonfiction and fiction old and new will be available this year through publisher UnTreed Reads...anywhere Ebooks are sold.


Bob Smith's Lambda Literary Award winning collection of essays Openly Bob was published to acclaim by Rob Weisbach Books/William Morrow. Way To Go, Smith! was also nominated for a Lammy. Bob's comic essays have appeared in the anthologies: America's Best Contemporary Humorists: Mirth of A Nation, 101 Damnations and When I Knew edited by Robert Trachtenberg. Bob's first novel, Selfish and Perverse, was published by Carroll & Graf in Sept 2007 and his second, Remembrance of Things I Forgot is available everywhere fine books are sold as of June, 2011.

For more information, email careeningwriters@aol.com, or visit http://www.kathleenwarnock.com/.

Liza Minnelli Tickets On Sale Friday at 10 AM

LIZA MINNELLI


ON SALE THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 17 AT 10AM



Join Liza as she performs her biggest hits and holiday songs in NJPAC's beautiful Prudential Hall.

Friday, December 16, 8:00PM

NJPAC

Newark, NJ

Tickets: $39 - $125 (plus applicable fees)

**On Sale Friday, June 17 At 10AM**

Buy Tickets

Liza Minnelli is a star who’s truly earned the status of “living legend.” For her work on stage and screen, Minnelli has won all of the entertainment world’s major awards, including the Oscar (for her iconic performance in Cabaret), the Emmy, the Tony, and the Grammy. For this NJPAC engagement, Minnelli will bring a holiday-themed concert that’s sure to light up NJPAC’s Prudential Hall with some major star power.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Planet Connections Second Annual LGBT Date Auction

Join Planet Connections Theatre Festivity on June 17th at 9PM for an evening of love, glitter and pink punch!

Drag diva Muffy Mailbox hosts this year’s extravaganza, benefitting the LGBT Center of New York. They’re auctioning off members of the Planet Connections community as well as the fabulous LGBT community at large, including a special MYSTERY COUPLE! This is an evening not to missed, complete with glitter tattoos, pink punch, and paddles (to bid with! What were you thinking?).

Each delightful dateable comes complete with a date to go on! Dates include wine tastings and gift cards to some of the city’s hottest spots. Bids start at $5 and everything raised during the auction goes directly to The Center!

Free for Festivity Participants. $5 for all others.

$10 to purchase a bidder’s paddle which will be refunded to the winning bid!

http://www.gaycenter.org/


Friday, June 17 at 9:00PM


The Gene Frankel Theatre
24 Bond Street
New York, NY 10012

The closest subway is the Broadway and Lafayette Station: 6, F, M, B & D train

This Month's Title Photo

This month's photo comes from The Eyes of Babylon, part of Americas Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters. Photo courtesy of the Mehadi Foundation and features actor and playwright Jeff Key.



U.S. Marine Jeff Key transforms his Iraq journal into a gritty, humorous and poetic solo performance about going to war as a 34-year-old gay man at the heady start of the Iraq invasion.

Launching with 9/11, traveling through the Iraqi desert and finally “coming out” on CNN, The Eyes of Babylon is a personal, poignant story of one brave marine’s personal battle with the war, his country and himself.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Iraq War and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell explored in "The Eyes of Babylon"

59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) announces the New York City premiere of The Eyes of Babylon, written and performed by Jeff Key and directed by Yuval Hadadi, which is part of Americas Off Broadway. The Eyes of Babylon begins previews on Tuesday, June 14 for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM and 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM and 7:15 PM. The regular ticket price is $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit http://www.59e59.org/.

U.S. Marine Jeff Key transforms his Iraq journal into a gritty, humorous and poetic solo performance about going to war as a 34-year-old gay man at the heady start of the Iraq invasion.

Launching with 9/11, traveling through the Iraqi desert and finally “coming out” on CNN, The Eyes of Babylon is a personal, poignant story of one brave marine’s personal battle with the war, his country and himself.

Jeff Key (playwright/actor) is a former Marine, Iraq war veteran, peace activist and queer civil rights activist. He sits on the Board of Directors for Iraq Veterans Against the War and is the founding board member of The Mehadi Foundation, which provides support for returning veterans and develops philanthropic projects; specifically, clean water supplies and other basic necessities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Key is an award-winning playwright, performer and author of The Eyes of Babylon and two other plays in development. He is also the subject of the Showtime documentary "Semper Fi." Key lives in Salt Lake City with his husband, Adam, a second-year medical student at the University of Utah.

Born and raised in Israel, Yuval Hadadi (director) moved to NYC in 1993 and became Co-Artistic Director for the Absolute Theatre Company. Among his productions are King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare and Soil by Charles Drew Jr., which had its world premiere Off Broadway at the Mint Theater. Hadadi also directed for The Habitual Theater Company, The House of Tribes in NYC, The Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, as well as regional theater. In the '99-'00 season, he was Assistant Director at The Public Theater. His Los Angeles theatre directing credits include Soil at the Lillian Theatre, the long running 21 Stories: A Broadway Tale at the Elephant Theatre, and The Eyes Of Babylon, which is the recipient of an Ovation nomination as well as the subject of a Showtime documentary. Currently, Hadadi serves as the artistic advisor for the new Broadway musical In a Word…Wow! by Kenneth Bonavitacola.

The Eyes of Babylon Teaser Reel from Semaphore Projects on Vimeo.

Tom Judson Returns to Dixon Place in "The Tom Judson Show"

In the wake of the smash run of his Canned Ham at Dixon Place this past March, Tom Judson returns for a special two-performance preview of his new show, The Tom Judson Show, which will run in Provincetown, MA from the end of June through mid-September. Prepare yourself for a tune-filled evening of songs both familiar and new; including a handful written by Tom himself.

“Since the musical sections of Canned Ham went over so well,” explains Tom, “I thought I’d try to do something along the lines of a more straightforward cabaret evening. Of all the different genres I’ve worked in over the years, cabaret (as opposed to Cabaret) is one form that I’ve missed. I think it’ll be fun.”

This time, though, he’ll stick to just the piano. Of course The Man Who Was Gus Mattox won’t disappoint the fans of his adult work. Skin will most likely be bared. “Y’know, to sell tickets,” says Tom. “I’ve never had a problem with gratuitous nudity.”

“Mostly, though, I have this great trove of terrific, little-known songs that I’d like to share with people. Of course there will be some stories from my crazy life thrown in, and some give-and-take with the audience. Maybe I’ll have a Q&A so they can ask me about things I didn’t cover in Canned Ham. I might even interview them.”

The Tom Judson Show
Written and Performed by Tom Judson
Directed by Michael Schiralli

Friday, June 24th - 7:30PM
Saturday, June 25th - 7:30PM

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
(Delancey/Rivington)

Tickets: $15 / $12 (stu/sen) in advance; $18 / $15 (stu/sen) at the door


Broadway Bares XXI: Masterpiece Announces Special Guest Stars

BROADWAY BARES XXI: MASTERPIECE
ANNOUNCES SPECIAL GUEST STARS
MORE THAN 200 OF BROADWAY’S HOTTEST DANCERS TO BE JOINED BY

BETH LEAVEL, JUDITH LIGHT, PATINA MILLER,
RORY O’MALLEY, JIM PARSONS,
DAVID HYDE PIERCE, ROGER REES,
MICHAEL RIEDEL AND CHRISTOPHER SIEBER

BROADWAY’S HOTTEST NIGHT TO BE HELD
SUNDAY, JUNE 19 (9:30 PM AND MIDNIGHT)
AT ROSELAND BALLROOM

PRODUCED BY AND BENEFITING
BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JERRY MITCHELL

PRESENTED BY M·A·C VIVA GLAM

A priceless collection of Tony winners and nominees will be making this year's BROADWAY BARES XXI: MASTERPIECE a truly "starry night" as they join more than 200 of Broadway's sexiest dancers in an auction-themed burlesque show that would make any art critic blush. BROADWAY BARES XXI: MASTERPIECE, which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will be held Sunday, June 19, with two performances only (9:30 PM and midnight) at Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd Street).

This year's BARES will feature Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (Baby It's You) singing an original opening number, "Going, Going, Gone," written by Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar. Tony nominee Patina Miller (Sister Act) will perform the finale, “The Final Masterpiece.” Other special guests include Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Judith Light (Lombardi), Tony nominee Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon), Emmy winner Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart), Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce (La B├ęte), Tony winner Roger Rees (The Addams Family), Tony nominee Christopher Sieber (La Cage aux Folles) and the always provocative New York Post columnist Michael Riedel.

The opening number is available now for download exclusively at broadwaycares.org/masterpiecesingle. “Going, Going, Gone” carries on a BARES tradition of featuring an original song to start the show. A collection of 13 original BARES opening numbers, recorded by the Broadway stars who debuted them, also is available at http://www.broadwaybares.com/.

It's been said that “all art is erotic” and Broadway's sexiest bodies will prove that to be true as the 21st edition of BROADWAY BARES takes you inside an auction too hot for Sotheby's and Christie's. The most delectable dancers in New York will emulate the art world's seductive nudes and give life to history's sultriest sculptures.

BROADWAY BARES XXI: MASTERPIECE is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, executive produced by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde) and directed by Josh Rhodes (Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, The Drowsy Chaperone, Working at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago).

BROADWAY BARES, the hotly anticipated annual event combining the naughtiness of burlesque and the razzle-dazzle of Broadway, has been a smashing success since its inception in 1992. The event has become one of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' signature events. The first BROADWAY BARES featured seven dancers performing choreographed stripteases on a bar and raised more than $8,000. In all 20 editions, BROADWAY BARES has collectively raised more than $7.5 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR BROADWAY BARES XXI: MASTERPIECE

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.broadwaycares.org/ or by calling 212.840.0770, ext 268. For more information and merchandise, visit http://www.broadwaybares.com/.

Ticket packages include:

9:30 PM SHOW: $750 Reserved Table Seating, includes reserved seat on the VIP mezzanine at a cocktail table and open bar before the show; $275 VIP Standing, includes non-reserved standing ticket on the VIP mezzanine or in VIP area closest to stage with open bar before the show; $125 Priority Standing, includes non-reserved standing ticket in priority viewing area near the stage; $60 General Admission, non-reserved standing ticket.

MIDNIGHT SHOW: $750 Reserved Table Seating, includes reserved seat on the VIP mezzanine at a cocktail table and open bar before the show; $275 VIP Standing, includes non-reserved standing ticket on the VIP mezzanine or in VIP area closest to stage with open bar before the show; $60 General Admission, non-reserved standing ticket.

For the first time, BC/EFA also is offering the "Stripper Spectacular" package ($2,500) for either show. It includes a reserved table seat at one of the best center locations on the VIP mezzanine, admission to a private cocktail party at the home of Jerry Mitchell before the performance, a backstage tour, an exclusive gift bag, a poster autographed by the cast, a Broadway Bares: Openings CD and the Broadway Bares: Backstage Pass coffee table book.

About Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

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 over $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

BC/EFA awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic and more.

BROADWAY BARES XXI: MASTERPIECE is presented by M·A·C VIVA GLAM

and generously sponsored by United Airlines




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For more information on BROADWAY BARES, please visit:

http://www.broadwaybares.com/ or http://www.broadwaycares.org/

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Broadway Sings for Pride - Monday, June 27th

Over fifteen Broadway and National Tour performers will join notable personalities on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 7PM to celebrate New York City's Gay Pride at The LGBT Center in Manhattan. Broadway Sings for Pride: A Benefit Concert is being produced by Neal B of NealB.tv and will benefit The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Attendees will enjoy the vast array of songs from Lady Gaga to The Beatles, along with a plethora of Broadway hits. Musical performances will feature cast members from The Book of Mormon, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Rent, Wonderland, Mamma Mia, Anything Goes and many more! Jim Lahti will serve as the evening’s musical director and Carly Jibson (Broadway’s Hairspray and Cry-Baby) will emcee. Musical accompaniment will be provided Jim Lahti on piano, Sean Harkness on acoustic & electric guitar and David Silliman on percussion. There will also be American Sign Language interpreters signing for the hard of hearing and deaf community.

Audiences will also hear first-hand stories of pride from some of New York's famous: Sonja Morgan ("The Real Housewives of New York City"), Reichen Lehmkuhl (“The Amazing Race”, “The A-List: New York”), Randy Jones (multi-platinum recording artist, founding member of Village People), Darius de Haas (Broadway's Kiss of the Spider Woman, Carousel), Marti Cummings (Broadway Speaks OUT) and Matt Martin (Real Housewives of Twitter) will share their stories of pride.

The show will begin promptly at 7PM and will consist of speeches, and musical performances.

100% of the event’s proceeds will be given to The LGBT Community Center of New York City

FOR TICKETS AND INFO: http://gaycenter.org/node/6779

Musical guests currently scheduled to perform are: Rory O'Malley (Broadway's "The Book of Mormon"), Raymond J. Lee (Broadway’s “Anything Goes”, “Mama Mia!”), Athena Reich (Singer/TV Personality, Outmusic Awards’s Best Outstanding Pop Song of 2009), Russell Fischer (Broadway's "Jersey Boys" ), Tracy McDowell (Broadway's Final Cast of "Rent"), Rebecca Larkin (Broadway's "Avenue Q" & "South Pacific"), Matt Leisy (Off Broadway's "The Fantasticks"), King Aswad ("Rent" Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, "Rent" National Tour), Renee Marino (Broadway’s “West Side Story” “Wonderland”), Antoine L. Smith ("Cats" National Tour, Regional Tour of "Rent"), Luis Villabon (Associate Choreographer "A Chorus Line" National Tour, Off Broadway's "Naked Boys Singing"), Moeisha Mcgill (Broadway's "Rent" and "Mamma Mia"), Heather Parcells (Broadway's "Wonderland" "A Chorus Line", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"), Anthony Lee Medina (National Tour of "Spring Awakening"), Jenn Furman (National Tour of "Wicked"), Erica Ash (Broadway’s “Baby It’s You”), Derek St. Pierre (Broadway’s “Rock of Ages”), Will Sheridan (Villanova basketball player, musician), Cristy Candler ("Wicked"), Cedric Leiba Jr. ("Miss Saigon" National Tour, "Rent" National Tour), Joshua Min (Singer/Songwriter), Tonya Thompson (Regional Tours of Little Shop of Horrors, Drowsy Chaperone)

Monday, June 13, 2011

"It's Not Just For Gays Anymore"

You don't have to be gay to like Broadway (but it helps).

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tony Awards at Splash's Musical Mondays


Splash's Musical Mondays is proud to present a special TONY Awards edition of "Curtain Call" featuring singer Anna Harrington. On June 13th, weigh in on your Tony award opinions during our post mortem Tony wrap up and then sit tight while Anna belts her heart out!

Singer/Songwriter Anna Harrington made her National TV Debut on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009 after being handpicked by Oprah from hundreds of thousands of entrants in a national singing contest. She also recently appeared on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Anna is currently writing and in production for her first solo EP.

Make sure to get to Splash early to grab a seat. Watch the legendary musical numbers on the big screens and then prepare for a festive set of showtunes from Anna and a gossip fest about the Tonys! It all kicks off at 11:30pm.

Admission is free until 10pm, $5 after.

Must be 21 w/ id. Splash - 50 west 17th st (b/w 5th and 6th)

http://www.splashbar.com/