On Sunday, May 16th, things were heating up in Chelsea as the boys from BROADWAY BARES presented the latest edition of this year’s SOLO STRIPS series. Following the success of January’s “Solo Strips” and April’s “Around the World” evenings, the May edition, aptly named “Naughty and Nice,” scored a burlesque hat trick for the year and proved that the “third time” is indeed a charm.
Kicking the evening off was Broadway “nice guy” and host for the night, Marty Thomas, who showed his naughty side in a pair of black leather chaps while belting out his rendition of Adam Lambert’s “For Your Entertainment” in his trademark style. Following on Marty’s heels was BROADWAY BARES veteran Eddie Rabon as a Saved by the Bell-inspired prepster driven to a stripping frenzy by Alice Cooper’s 70s hit “Schools Out!” It was the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” when Matt Anctil, Jermaine Rembert and Charlie Sutton in an all boy WWII three way military strip to the Andrews Sisters’ classic “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company B”. Proving that some things just get better (and hotter) with time was Dennis Stowe’s “My Heart Belongs to Daddy / Pony” strip. Reed Kelly and Robb Sherman gave us some conflicting ideas on the clergy with the night’s title strip “Naughty but Nice”. Andrew Cheng shed it all as a geeky good boy gone bad to the Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling”. Wrapping the show up was John Carroll who, while nice to look at, was 100% pure naughty to Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock n Roll”.
Thanks to director Peter Gregus and choreographers Shea Sullivan and Dontee Kiehn, the evening had the perfect naughty tone and raised a nice $5,000 for BC/EFA. Save June 6th in your calendar when SOLO STRIPS returns to Splash one more time with “Classic Strips”, an evening of classic BROADWAY BARES strips performed by the dancers who debuted them originally on the “big” BROADWAY BARES stage.