Popular Burlesque Show Returns to Support Local Nonprofits

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. “Its an event where you have no idea what is going to happen on stageWhen we started,we had no clue if it would work or not, and then it was voted Fort Lauderdales favorite event three years in a row. I mean, heck, that first year we had the worlds oldest showgirl—at 92—show up onstage and perform for the crowd, it was fun and hysterical.

 The show, then held at the former Paradise Theater at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, sold out for four more consecutive years before Huelsman and DeCarlo moved to Orlando, where DeCarlo ran the local LGBT community center. He would go on to play a high-profile role in that communitys response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

 Thats part of the reason we came back,” reflected DeCarlo. We did everything we could. We brought a community together, but we needed to get our lives back.

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 Johnsons 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 whats going to happen, but we hold back two percent as a surprise,” DeCarloteased. “You may think its going to be a serious act, but then theres 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.

 While audiences may need cold showers after the steamy surprises, when the curtain goes down, DeCarlo and Huelsman will get started on their next fundraisers. He promises to bring back his signature versions of The Amazing Race,” drag and bed races in the coming months and all will again benefit local nonprofits.


“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.