A sexy, stimulating, strip-a-month journey through the calendar enthralled and entertained two sold-out audiences June 1, 2013, as Broadway Bares returned to Fire Island for a third annual edition of the modern-day burlesque show. More than two dozen dazzling dancers took the stage for Broadway Bares Fire Island: Calendar Girl, a one-night-only production presented by Fire Island Pines Art Project and produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Inspired by 1999’s Broadway Bares IX: Calendar Girl in New York City, the Fire Island show featured several new numbers.
Broadway Bares favorite Christopher Sieber opened the show, leading the company in a rousing opening number that celebrated his love for the 12 sexy performers representing each month.
To start the New Year off right, Sam J. Cahn, accompanied by an ensemble of accomplished dancers, stripped off a formal black tie and tuxedo to reveal a sizzling six-pack.
February featured Anne Otto performing a sensual striptease with two pink feather fans. A scantily clad Billy Steeves helped keep the evening moving by flipping through each month on giant cards. As an ode to St. Patrick’s Day, a quartet of frisky young lads toyed and flirted with a seemingly innocent leprechaun, played by J. Morgan White, eventually teasing him out of all of his clothes.
Representing both April showers and May flowers, Matt Anctil performed a humorous drag number. When backup dancers Sidney Erik Wright and Patrick Boyd clumsily destroyed Anctil’s costume, the drag diva taught them a lesson by leaving them onstage with nothing but rain umbrellas.
June was truly busting out all over as Lauren Strigari entered the stage covered in balloons that she coquettishly popped. July featured Elizabeth Dugas as a feisty beach beauty with an enthusiastic crush for delicious pool boy Daniel Lynn Evans.
For August, Kristine Bendul, Waldemar Quiñones-Villanueva and Ryan Worsing performed “In The Garden,” an elegant pas de trois originally choreographed and performed for Broadway Bares XII and X by Arté Phillips, who passed away in 2008. The number, which was restaged for the Fire Island show by Bendul, received a standing ovation from the audience.
September featured Timothy Hughes as a spirited student with an urge to be teacher’s pet. Selecting a member of the audience to act as his instructor, Hughes playfully encouraged the “teacher” to discipline him with his ruler, much to the delight of the both the student and the audience.
A Halloween-inspired number featured Daniel Robinson as a mad scientist, stripping off a straightjacket before discarding the rest of his clothing. Thanksgiving showcased Benjamin L. Horen as a pilgrim seduced by a bevy of sexy ladies dressed as delicious turkeys.
To cap off the year, a collection of mischievous elves pranced around the stage with Barrett Davis as a particularly impish elf. When spanked for his naughty behavior by a studly Santa Claus, played by Justin Smith, the rest of the elves changed their tune, demanding to be reprimanded as well.
The evening’s finale featured award-winning singer Matt Zarley performing his new single, “Everybody 4 Somebody,” accompanied by the entire Broadway Bares Fire Island: Calendar Girl ensemble.
After the shows, the audience and dancers gathered together on the Albert Lepage Pavilion of Whyte Hall for a Broadway Bares tradition: Rotation. The audience was led out of their seats and into the warm summer evening, where the performers freestyle danced around the pavilion. Rotation master Christopher Sieber encouraged the audience to tip their favorite dancers as a way to give additional donations, raising an extra $3,119 for the evening.
The evening was produced by Michael Graziano and Denise Roberts Hurlin. Michael Lee Scott returned as director for Broadway Bares Fire Island. Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell is executive producer and creator of Broadway Bares.
Broadway Bares Fire Island: Calendar Girl was a sexy tease for one of BC/EFA’s annual signature events: Broadway Bares. For this year’s theme, Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America, more than 200 of New York’s sexiest and most desirable dancers will discover – and uncover – amber waves and mountain majesties that only Broadway Bares could find.
The 2013 Bares season started in January with Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque, which raised $35,428. The season continued with Solo Strips on May 5, then Broadway Bares Fire Island before concluding with Broadway Bares 23 on June 23.
Broadway Bares is presented by M•A•C VIVA GLAM and generously sponsored by United Airlines.
Photos by Gustavo Munroy and Joy Nelson