More than 100 performers will “take it off” next week in Wilton Manors to benefit two local charities.
After a five-year hiatus, “Broward Bares It!” billed as a “one-night-only traipse through the world of tantalizing temptations, titillating temptresses and torrid testosterone,” will return to the Crystal Ballroom at the Venue on Thursday, Jan. 24.
The show, produced by Bill Huelsman and directed by Terry DeCarlo, will feature more than 24 local acts, including drag and burlesque performers, singers, dancers and comedians, and benefit Deliver the Dream and Latinos Salud.
“We are excited for the return of ‘Broward Bares It!’” DeCarlosaid. “It’s an event where you have no idea what is going to happen on stage…When we started,we had no clue if it would work or not, and then it was voted Fort Lauderdale’s favorite event three years in a row. I mean, heck, that first year we had the world’s oldest showgirl—at 92—show up onstage and perform for the crowd, it was fun and hysterical.”
DeCarlo and Huelsman were eager to restart the show and other fundraising events after returning to South Florida. They recruited an all-star line-up, including the boys of Johnson’s and Le Boy, Angeliki Tasik, the Rainbow Circus, Funk & Flow Dance Studio, Kitty Meow, Dame Edna and Jennifer McClain. Many of the performers are veterans of the Hard Rock productions.
“We always advertise 98 percent of what’s going to happen, but we hold back two percent as a surprise,” DeCarloteased. “You may think it’s going to be a serious act, but then there’s some off-the-wall stuff that makes the audience wonder what the hell is going on! People literally come and have the time of their lives.”
“Broward Bares It!” will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Venue, 2345 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors. Tickets start at $40 at BrowardBares.com.