62 posts categorized "BROADWAY BARES"

Oct 19 2013
A Roseland By Any Other Name... Comments (0)

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The destruction of NYC's nightlife and cultural history continues with a major loss: The legendary Roseland, a fixture on the music scene for 55 years, will close forever in April.

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I've had so many good times at the Roseland, originally a roller skating mecca, including Madonna's Hard Candy promo tour and, of course, countless Broadway Bares experiences (gee, I hope they'll find a new spot for those):

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Okay, maybe they weren't countless. But six is a lot!

Sean-Ewing-underwearThe most recent Broadway Bares was also, unfortunately, the last for Roseland.

It's a crying shame, but even though the Roseland is still popular and profitable, I would imagine the plan is to raze it and rake in zillions thanks to its location, location, location.

 
Aug 17 2013
YouTube & I: Boy Culture's Greatest Video Hits Comments (0)

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 MADONNA @ Roseland: About to Pick 4 Finalists! 

My closeup footage of Madonna (and Brahim) at Roseland for her oddball tour-dancer selection broke the Internet for an hour, and wound up in my personal Top 10. Loved when she chastised us for taking her picture...what were we going to do? She was 20 feet away from us and in hotpants a stripper would have been shy to try.

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ALYSSA EDWARDS: "Baby, honey...we're ALL bitches!" 

RuPaul's Drag Race figures prominently into my most-watched videos. The first Top 10 entry is this one-on-one with Alyssa Edwards, in which she admits everyone on the show is a bitch. I loved her in person! This was before seeing any part of the season. I liked her on the show, too.

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SHARON NEEDLES Live (Sorta...Mwah-haha) @ XL 4.30.12 with Amanda Lepore, Susanne Bartsch 

Gothic glamour gal Sharon brought the house down to Hell at XL when she won RuPaul's Drag Race. I was there to capture it, but the musical element means no revenue sharing. Still, fun to watch.

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RAQUEL WELCH on Meeting Mae West for MYRA BRECKINRIDGE + Impersonation 

You could've knocked me over with a feather boa when this one went kinda-viral: Who in the world woulda thunk a video on septuagenarian sexpot Raquel Welch would attract attention? But Welch, who was speaking at a screening of her mega-bomb Myra Breckinridge (1970), whipped out a fabuous Mae West impersonation, complete with deep dish, and HuffPo UK picked it up. The rest is herstory.

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12-Year-Old Transgender Star of I AM JAZZ Interviewed at GLAAD Awards 

Covering the GLAAD Media Awards, you're forced to decide whether you want to bother raising your camera for every single person who comes by. After all, some of them aren't famous, even they're doing good work. I tend to say yes to everyone. But I almost passed on then 12-year-old Jazz, not knowing anything about her and being uncomfortable having to interview someone so young. I had nothing to worry about—she's a very sweet girl, and if her status as transgender attracted a large number of my 40,000+ views, all the better...you couldn't find a better ambassador for the cause.

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Jun 25 2013
ROTATION: It Was Better Than CATS...In Heat! Comments (1)
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Dozens of images in the above gallery, kicked off by that heart-stopping Patrick Boyd snap.

ABOUT THIS POST: Please let me know of any names I got wrong or am missing. Please feel free to pluck photos for posting on Facebook (not the nudes), but tag me and the people in them. Shots too naughty for this blog appear at my adult tumblr (Work Unfriendly). And finally, my main Bares review is here. Enjoy, and please donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

In the gallery above, enjoy some hot images from the "Rotation" sequence of Broadway Bares: United Strips of America.

Below, a few stand-out images with dancers and/or situations identified.

Be sure to check out the Work Unfriendly butt-and-bulge shots (here and here) over at my raunchy tumblr...

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States Of Undress: A Review Of BROADWAY BARES 23, UNITED STRIPS OF AMERICA Comments (5)
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Above, over 75 bonus shots from the night!

ABOUT THIS POST: Please let me know of any names I got wrong or am missing. Please feel free to pluck photos for posting on Facebook, but tag me and the people in them. Shots too naughty for this blog appear at my adult tumblr (Work Unfriendly). And finally, a whole separate post for "Rotation" photos is here. Enjoy, and please donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

As most of my readers know, I am obsessed with Broadway Bares, the annual show that benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Part of recovery is learning to admit you have a problem, and I have no qualms acknowledging that for someone wholly uninvolved with the production, I spend entirely too much time thinking about Bares.

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I think about Bares so much that I have its many stand-out performers dancing around in my head in the days leading up to the show. This year, two days out, I spotted Peter Nelson—featured prominently in signage for the show—riding his bike, and promptly Facebooked that I'd seen him, and that it might herald the beginning of summer. Never mind that I've only met him briefly a couple of times. He gamely "liked" my comment and replied; a friend and I had been joking about this in terms of stalking, but I told him even most of my arresting officers agree that stalking has to be done on purpose, and chance encounters like this are just luck—his bad, my good.

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Instead of laying off a bit this year, I doubled down—I decided to attend both the 9:30 and midnight shows. My reasoning was that perhaps I'd get lots of great photos from the first show and could then relax and watch the second one. This is the pretty lie I told myself.

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*IMG_8882 broadway bares ticketI wound up with extra tickets for 9:30, so figured I'd pick them up early at the Roseland, around 3, and try to give them away. As I got my tickets, who is the only dancer walking up at 3 but Peter Nelson. We said hello and I promptly prayed for death; I hated the idea that he might think I was camped out at the theater hours early. If I made too much of a nuisance of myself, I worried I'd wind up in a half-Nelson, which isn't nearly as much fun as the full Monty.

I couldn't get rid of my tickets, so I offered the agents a swap—three G.A. tickets for VIP standing for the first show. Deal! I found myself in line with two really sweet guys, one of whom wound up being the boy pulled onstage by Brandon Rubendall in a video I'd shot for Boy Culture! It's a small, perverted world.

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The most gorgeous guy ever came by selling souvenirs and making change; I just couldn't believe he wasn't a performer with an ass so bewitching it had something similar to the Medusa's power to turn men into stone upon viewing it. (Well, at least parts of them.) He gamely posed for a photo, thinking he'd never see it again. Later, I realized it was none other than Justen Kilmer, and had to beg him to let me post them. He thinks he looks out of shape, I think he looks like the last thing a straight man sees before swearing off pussy. You be the judge.

Not that we couldn't have watched the 250-pound drag queen working the entrance to Lucky Cheng's across the way all night, but it was a relief when they let us in early as a break from the steamy heat. Having never been to the first show, I was shocked to see very specific places to stand for priority vs. VIP vs. G.A. attendees, clearly marked off by ropes. I was afforded a spot flush against the central catwalk, a seemingly golden position. Determined to take great photos, I had to consciously overlook the wall-sized posters positioned everywhere, begging us to "respect the performers" and refrain from taking pictures. See, putting Peter Nelson's bare butt on a poster demanding that I not take a picture of it just does not work for me.

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Unfortunately, my spot lost its charm early on. In spite of the gorgeous Latin guy across from me whose dark skin glowed under the blue gels, I had to deal with a jerk in front of me who pushed his way in after I'd staked my spot. He also maneuvered to get two more friends against the stage, pressing me into the seam between the catwalk and its circular termination. Not comfy, but a good way to brace myself for disrespecting every performer who came near. (Later in the show, he leaned back hard on me to get me to back off, so I said directly into his ear, "My shoulder is in the exact same spot it was when I first got here. You're pushing me. I'm not moving—at all—and I'm not going anywhere." He stopped.)

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A male/female singing duo called The Skivvies took to to stage as the openers, or as they put it, the "fluffers." They were fun, singing a medley of America-themed songs. (But no "American Life," boo.) The adorable dude, Nick Cearley, went bare-assed at the end, but too quickly for me to shoot...yet another reason seeing both shows would come in handy.

Finallly, it was time for Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America to begin. From here on out, I'm talking about both shows combined, mixing and matching the best of both worlds.

First, let me get out of the way my scant criticisms. (Hey, I'm slavishly devoted to the show, but it can't all be goodness and Judith Light.) I thought the show overall was less special than some previous years have been. I wasn't wild about the American theme, which gave us numbers based on states like Nebraska, Maine and Georgia, and the writing was not funny. It was also a huge let-down that Cyndi Lauper didn't "surprise" us; she did Bares one other time and she and the show's creator Jerry Mitchell just won Tonys for Kinky Boots, so a visitation seemed a shoo-in. There are so many gigantic stars on Broadway who would've been a treat to have pop up, not least of which was Bette Midler. If Bette had shown up in a towel, it would have been legendary.

But really, these complaints are not meant as attacks or to downplay the incredible stamina and talent of everyone involved; it's like ranking orgasms or Madonna tours...they're all amazing, even if some are your favorites and some are not.

On the plus side, the show, directed by Nick Kenkel, had to overcome not featuring some of its most high-profile performers from years past, including Matt Skrincosky, Josh Buscher, Matthew Steffens, Brandon Rubendall, Andy Mills, Guto Bittencourt, Steven Wenslawski and many others, and did so admirably, minting new stand-outs (though all had done the show before) like Nelson, Patrick Boyd, Jamal Story, Daniel Robinson, and others. And as for the choreography (by Kenkel, Derek Mitchell, Paul McGill, Michael Lee Scott, Al Blackstone, Jon Rua, Peter Gregus, Kate Rockwell, Marcos Santana, Mark Myars and Marc Kimelman), it was never less than rigorously entertaining.

Also catching my eye was the fact that the show felt more ethnically diverse, less overwhelmingly male and more peopled with mature men.

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The show's conceit is that two gay lovebirds (my boo Michael Cusumano as "Jay" and formerly mustachioed Evita star Max von Essen as "Jason") are stranded on opposite coasts, so wil travel cross-country and meet in Nebraska (of all places). Both are beyond adorable, though were not given as much to do as last year's central pair, Kyle Dean Massey and John Carroll (neither of whom were in the show this time around). They do make a disturbingly cute couple—cute enough that I could've stood more flesh from both!

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The kick-off number—"United States of America"—featured Christopher Sieber (revealing shots of him here) and Lesli Margherita as smarmy beauty-pageant hosts, sniping at each other as they announce the Top 10. Cusumano and von Essen are picking the show apart by phone, and wind up fantasizing what it would be like if the producers gave America what it really wants...which turned out to be drag queens and hosts who are way into the SM scene—and whose safe word appears to be, "Harder!" Sieber looks good in a harness, by the way.

Next up, my buddy Andrew Glaszek, one of the show's most visible stars year after year (he's done 10 in a row!), headed up Team "New York" as they offered their take on Madonna's "Vogue," playing a photographer who will bend over backwards to get the hottest shots of model Robb Sherman, who's never looked more striking.

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The choreography was light on this one, more about hitting the poses, but I loved the styling; so much ginger and the strong brows on the likes of Dave August and Michael Prince were fierce. (Since a little more skin is always in, click here if you're not at work.)

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"California" (snippet of video here) was up next, using Katy Perry's "California Gurls" as an excuse for delicious Daniel Robinson, a lifeguard, to perform mouth-to-mouth before getting into a conga line for a little mouth-to-ass. Speaking of ass, you can see his here in all its glory.

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Jun 24 2013
Broadway Bares Recap Is Coming... Comments (1)
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Jun 23 2013
More Than You Can Bares Comments (0)

In honor of tonight's dual performances of Broadway Bares, a revisitation of my day with Team New York last week. Don't watch if you're allergic to butts.

 
Jun 16 2013
Chelsea Panhandlers: Raising $ And Eyebrows For HIV/AIDS Comments (1)
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Above, some very easy-on-the-eyes scenes from Team New York's march on Chelsea.

Yesterday, I slavishly ran over to Rufskin in Chelsea (235 W. 19th), where Team New York was making a group personal appearance in order to raise cash to fight AIDS and to become the biggest money-raisers of Broadway Bares. Not necessarily in that order.

The guys, who were (barely) dressed in Speedos and tanks, served drinks and hawked merch to customers, pointing out that Rufskin was donating 30% of all proceeds from afternoon sales to the cause.

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I was lucky enough to tail (literally) my pal Andrew and two other eye-poppers as they marched on Chelsea, invading businesses and personal space with red buckets that were hungry for cash. You'd be surprised how many hot guys will ignore a fellow hot guy when a request for money is involved, so I encouraged the boys to go after softer targets: We gentlemen past 40 are always willing to chat with shirtless youngsters and can often be relied upon to open out wallets to celebrate the occasion.

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Jun 04 2013
Need To Know: Forecast Calls For Ice, Random Hot Guys, Shell Game, Acting Up + MORE Comments (1)

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