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Broadway Bares Solo Strips Canceled

BroadwayBares 2015 Solo Strips art 200x300A message from Executive Director Tom Viola:

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s edition of the Broadway Bares Solo Strips fundraiser, which was scheduled for May 10 at the NYC club 42West. We cannot in good conscience hold an event at a venue whose owners have alienated our community, as reflected in an April 23 New York Times story and an April 24 follow-up post.

We do business with and accept fundraising support from a variety of people across a wide spectrum of political and religious affiliations. The rich diversity of our community makes what we do together so special. It is a rare instance where the actions of a donor negatively impacts us as an organization and potentially jeopardizes our relationship with others whose support is integral to our success. But when it does occur, in a way that’s blatantly against all we stand and work for, we can’t pretend it doesn’t come with consequences. Silence is not a neutral position. It is complicit.

This is not about partisan politics or punishment. This is about doing what’s right to ultimately ensure that our commitment to the men, women and children we serve cannot be questioned.

Ticket purchasers are being contacted by email. If you have questions about your Broadway Bares Solo Strips tickets, please contact Cat Domiano at domiano@broadwaycares.org.

We do hope you'll join us for this summer's 25th edition of Broadway Bares, one of BC/EFA's annual signature events. This year Tony Award-winning director/choreographer and Bares' creator Jerry Mitchell returns to the director’s chair to helm Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque, a special edition of the show inspired by the golden age of Broadway. Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque will feature a cast of colorful characters for every desire and fantasy. Broadway’s iconic personalities - from devilish divas to charismatic casting directors, luscious lyricists to studly stagehands - will combine the naughtiness of burlesque with the razzle-dazzle of Broadway.

More than 150 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City will take to the stage at Hammerstein Ballroom at 311 West 34th Street for two sensational shows at 9:30 pm and midnight. Get tickets. The show will be co-directed by Nick Kenkel, who also directed last year's Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! and Broadway Bares: United Strips of America in 2013.

On May 30, Broadway Bares heads back to the beach to kick off the summer season with a sizzling edition of Broadway Bares Fire Island, which will feature an evening of new numbers directed by Michael Lee Scott. The show will be performed at 7 pm and 9 pm at Whyte Hall's Brandon Fradd Theater in Fire Island Pines and is produced in association with Fire Island Pines Arts Project. All tickets to Broadway Bares Fire Island include free cocktails on the Albert Lepage Pavilion at Whyte Hall a half-hour before curtain.

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