Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2017’
The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) Presents…
Broadway Bares SF II: ManuSTRIPT: Literary Tales with Happy Endings
DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA, June 18, 2017
REAF, which for over 22 years has been raising funds for HIV/AIDS charities, has hitched its wagon to the highly successful New York fundraiser “Broadway Bares”, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, conceived and produced by Jerry Mitchell (Tony Award-winning director and choreographer), that has been an annual AIDS fundraising event in NYC for 26 years. This collaboration was spearheaded by former Broadway Bares dancer Deb Leamy who moved to SF from NYC in 2014 and who conceived the idea of creating a West Coast version of this unique benefit show. Deb teamed up with REAF’s event producers, Ken Henderson and Joe Seiler, to create San Francisco’s first edition focused on a tongue-in-cheek look at the tech industry based in the Bay Area and social media aps in particular.
This year’s theme focused on all manner of literary tales; sexy, wonderfully costumed dancers presenting characters from Gone with the Wind, The Three Musketeers to Harry Potter and many more. The packed audience at DNA were heavily invested in the wild burlesque themes, accentuated by hot, steamy slow strip teases. Its heavy boy and girl action, thumping dance music and athletic dance moves. You’ve never seen Scarlett O’Hara, Dorothy Gale, Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d’Artagnan done quite this way!
Guest performers included hunky country singing sensation Steve Grand who performed his hit “We Are the Night”. Not a shy wallflower by any means, Grand, like all the other performers, stripped down to jockstrap which, as lights dim, is ripped off (hence the show’s title “with Happy Endings). The cast from the touring production of Hamilton and the buxom transgender reality TV star Cassandra Cass added to the quality of this show, which whizzed by all too fast. Kudos to Deb Leamy and the cast of amazing dancers who spent long hours working on their routines. Next time, a bigger better venue is in order to match the quality of this new series.