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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

TOP SHELF COCKTAIL TALES OF SIPPING AND STRIPPING at DNA Lounge June 17 at 8pm



The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) Presents…
Broadway Bares San Francisco Strips III Top Shelf COCKTAILS: Tales of Sipping & Stripping
New York’s Sexiest AIDS Benefit Show Comes To San Francisco
Sun., June 17, 2018 - 8:00 pm (doors open 7:00 pm)
DNA Lounge - 375 11th Street (Harrison St.) in SF 94103 
With Special Guests:
Jai Rodriguez          - Broadway / TV star
Cassandra Cass     - reality TV star
Leanne Borghesi  - Cabaret, performance star

Broadway Bares San Francisco Strips III - Top Shelf COCKTAILS: Tales of Sipping & Stripping. New York’s Sexiest AIDS Benefit Show Comes To San Francisco.
On Sun. June 17, 2918 (Father’s Day) The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) presents Broadway Bares San Francisco Strips III - Top Shelf COCKTAILS: Tales of Sipping & StrippingThis third annual benefit is a Burlesque-style strip show with a modern twist. We have the best talent from the Bay Area donating their time to perform for a great cause! This "annual striptease spectacular" began in NYC as a way to raise money for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the USA.
Join our dancer/strippers as they bar hop around some of San Francisco's favorite watering holes celebrating a variety of signature cocktails in each number. Somehow, they tend to lose their clothes on their merry romp around town.  Special guest performers include
Jai Rodriguez - Broadway / TV star; Cassandra Cass - Reality TV star; and Leanne Borghesi - Cabaret, Performance star.
Broadway Bares San Francisco Strips III - Top Shelf COCKTAILS: Tales of Sipping & Stripping is a one night only event on Sun. June 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm (doors at 7:00 pm) at the DNA Lounge 375 11th Street (Harrison St.) in SF 94103.
For more info - call 415-273-1620

Tickets range from $45 gen. admission (standing) to $100 Premium, upstairs seated. 
VIP Balcony and Voyeur Standing (in front of the stage) include the after-party with the cast in the upstairs lounge post show with complimentary Ketel One cocktails and tasty treats! 

$100    VIP Seated Upstairs $69      Voyeur Standing, in front of stage on main floor
$45      General Admission, Rear Main Floor standing
VIP Seated and Voyeur Standing include the after party with the cast
in the upstairs lounge post show - featuring Ketel One Cocktails.

Tickets are available online at https://www.dnalounge.com/calendar/2018/06-17.html
 “Broadway Bares,” a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, was conceived and produced by Jerry Mitchell (Tony Award-winning director and choreographer), has been an annual AIDS fundraising event in NYC for 27 years raising over one million dollars annually. Jerry, a Broadway dancer at the time and a strong supporter of Broadway Cares, began to raise funds for Broadway Cares by getting his dancer friends together to put on a strip show in a local gay bar as a fundraising event. His modest efforts have grown dramatically and now “Broadway Bares” is one of the largest annual fundraisers in NYC.

The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) has created a West Coast version in SF collaborating with Broadway Bares NY. In 2016, “Broadway Bares SF: Tech Tails” debuted at Club Fugazi, home of Beach Blanket Babylon, featuring over 50 singers & dancer/strippers and that was followed by “Broadway Bares SF; ManuSTRIPT: Literary Tales with Happy Endings” at DNA Lounge in 2017. 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 the San Francisco version focused on a tongue-in-cheek series of theme-based dances where one or more of our dancers strip or get stripped by the end.  

“Broadway Bares” is a good old-fashioned Burlesque-style strip show featuring dozens of hot dancers stripping to raise money for HIV and AIDS services. Our 2018 editionTop Shelf COCKTAILS: Tales of Sipping and Stripping will follow our emcees on a merry romp around many of San Francisco’s favorite watering holes and celebrate their signature cocktails. Special guests appearing in this 2017 edition include Broadway / TV star 
Jai Rodriguez, reality TV star Cassandra Cass, and cabaret/performance star
Leanne Borghesi. Funds raised will support local HIV services through REAF and nationally through Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


Tickets for this Benefit show:
$100    VIP Seated Upstairs $69      Voyeur Standing, in front of stage on main floor
$45      General Admission, Rear Main Floor standing
VIP Seated and Voyeur Standing include the after party with the cast
 in the upstairs lounge after the show featuring Ketel One Cocktails.
Tickets are available online at https://www.dnalounge.com/calendar/2018/06-17.html


Calendar Editors:
WHAT:           The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) 
Presents A Special Benefit Show
BROADWAY BARES/SAN FRANCISCO STRIPS III
“Top Shelf COCKTAILS:  Tales of Sipping and Stripping”
San Francisco’s Sexiest, New Benefit Show
With Special Guests:
Jai Rodriguez          - Broadway / TV star
Cassandra Cass     - reality TV star
Leanne Borghesi    - Cabaret, performance star
WHEN:           Sunday, June 17, 2017 – 8:00 pm  (doors open 7:00 pm)
TIX:                 Tickets are available online at 
VENUE:          DNA Lounge - 375 11th Street in SF 94103  (Folsom & Harrison Sts.)



Sunday, January 28, 2018

ONE NIGHT ONLY with the cast of the Book of Morman Presents Songs off the Resume February 19, 2018 at Marines Memorial Theatre




BOOK OF MORMONsinging…
“Songs Off the Resume”
An Evening of Music & Comedy
Mon., Feb. 19, 2018 - 7:30 pm

Marines’ Memorial Theater

609 Sutter St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco 94102
Philanthropy and stellar entertainment take center stage as the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation  (REAF) presents a special one-night-only benefit cabaret to raise funds for 

The Richmond /Ermet Aid Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. 
Cast members will sing many of the songs they used to audition for their Broadway roles.

Songs from The Book Of Mormon will not be performed.
The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation has worked with over 48 touring casts to date to produce "One Night Only Cabaret" events. To date, REAF has distributed over $3.5 million to AIDS service agencies, hunger programs and programs for homeless youth.
Tickets for this "One Night Only Cabaret" are

$75 – VIP Front Orchestra – includes cocktails & desserts after party with the cast

$50 – Rear or Side Orchestra
$30– Balcony

Tickets are available by phone by calling 415-273-1620
Book of Mormon plays at Orpheum Theatre in SF Feb. 6 - March 4, 2018

Saturday, October 28, 2017

HELP IS ON THE WAY with the cast of ALADDIN - December 4, 2017 at Marines Memorial Theatre.






Featuring:
Cast members from the hit Broadway Show Disney’s ALADDIN
Broadway, TV and recording stars:
Kimberley Locke: American Idol, recording star
Jake Simpson:        2-time Star Search grand champion/recording star
Shawn Ryan:        America’s Got Talent semi-finalist
Kim Nalley:           Jazz star

(Cast list as of 10-25-17 - Additional Cast to be announced.)

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
6:00 pm: Limited silent auction in theater lobby
7:00 pm: Doors open for seating
7:30 pm: Performance
9:45 pm:  After party with the cast at Clift Hotel’s Redwood and Velvet Rooms

Tix      $60 -  General admission
$125 up - includes Gala post performance reception with cast
at the CLIFT Hotel - Velvet & Redwood Rooms - 495 Geary (at Taylor St.) in SF 94102
For Tix and info www.helpisontheway.org or call 415- 273 -1620

Tickets $60 - General Reserved Seating - Performance only; and $125 and up (Underwriter level tickets include the Gala Post Performance Reception and a chance to meet and mingle with the cast) at the nearby CLIFT Hotel - Velvet & Redwood Rooms - 495 Geary (at Taylor St.) in SF 94102. Doors open for the general public at 6:30 pm.

For Tix and info www.helpisontheway.org or call 415- 273 -1620

         Silent Auction:                                                                                  6:30 pm  
         Star-studded AIDS Benefit Concert:                                             7:30 - 9:45 pm  
         Post Performance Underwriter Dessert & Wine Party w/ cast:           9:45 - 11:45 pm
         (includes complimentary wine, champagne and desserts)  

Visit our web site for additional info  www.helpisontheway.org  or call  415/ 273 -1620

Underwriter ticket prices for Help is on the Way for the Holidays are tiered from $125 to $5,000.
                                   
The 2017 Cast for HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS 16 gala will feature:

Cast members from the hit Broadway Show Disney’s ALADDIN
Kimberley Locke:       American Idol, recording star
Jake Simpson:                2-time Star Search grand champion/recording star
Shawn Ryan:               America’s Got Talent semi-finalist
Kim Nalley:                 Jazz star

 (Cast list as of 10-25-17 - Additional Cast to be announced.)

 

To get photos or bios of any of the performers go to



PERFORMANCE ONLY TICKETS are $60 (GENERAL RESERVED SEATING).

UNDERWRITER LEVEL TICKETS: Includes post-performance dessert party with the cast at CLIFT Hotel - Velvet & Redwood Rooms - 495 Geary (at Taylor St.) in SF 94102- featuring complimentary wine, cocktails and desserts (9:45 - 11:45 pm). A portion of Underwriter level tickets help underwrite the costs of the production. Help is on the Way for the Holidays 16 Underwriter Ticket prices are tiered from $125 and up. Underwriters will also be invited to a special reception in early 2017 to distribute the checks to the beneficiaries of this event. To order Underwriter level tickets, visit www.helpisontheway.org  or call 415 / 273 -1620
Since it’s inception in 1995, The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation has raised well over $3 million for AIDS service agencies in the Bay Area and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS as well as hunger programs and programs that serve and support homeless youth. 100% of proceeds from ticket sales have always gone directly to the beneficiary partners
HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS 16 is produced by The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation, founded in 1995 by Barbara Richmond & Peggy Ermet in memory of their sons, John Richmond & Doug Ermet, who both lost their lives to AIDS. In 1995 They decided not to get mad but get even when they launched a musical AIDS benefit to honor their sons and raise funds for AIDS service organizations.
To arrange an interview with any of the performers, or with Executive Director 
Ken Henderson, call publicist Lawrence Helman at 415/ 661-1260.

CALENDAR EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

WHAT:           THE RICHMOND / ERMET AID FOUNDATION PRESENTS…
HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS 16
A 16th Anniversary Gala Holiday Celebration
Star-studded AIDS Benefit Holiday Concert & Gala  
Benefiting:        Project Open Hand and Larkin Street Youth Services
Featuring:
Cast members from the hit Broadway Show Disney’s ALADDIN
Kimberley Locke:       American Idol, recording star
Jake Simpson:                2-time Star Search grand champion/recording star
Shawn Ryan:               America’s Got Talent semi-finalist
Kim Nalley:                 Jazz star
 (Cast list as of 10-25-17 - Additional Cast to be announced.)

WHEN:           MondayDec. 4, 2017 -

WHERE:         THE MARINES’ MEMORIAL THEATRE – 609 Sutter St. in SF 94102


TIME:              6:30 pm                     Silent Auction
                        7:30 pm                     Performance
9:45 - 11:45 pm       Post-performance dessert party with the cast at
CLIFT Hotel - Velvet & Redwood Rooms - 495 Geary (at Taylor St.) in SF 94102            
Featuring complimentary wine, cocktails and desserts. (Gala & Underwriter tix only.)

TICKET:          $ 60    GENERAL RESERVED SEATING - (Show Only)
PRICES:         $125 & up UNDERWRITER Level - (Preferred seating / Show & Post Party)

TICKETS:           www.helpisontheway.org  / 415/ 273- 1620

Monday, October 16, 2017

Carmen Cusack stars in BRIGHT STAR WRITTEN BY STEVE MARTIN & EDIE BRICKELL NOV 28 - DEC 17





From Grammy® winners Steve Martin and Edie Brickell comes BRIGHT STAR, the new musical that "brings a fresh breeze to the theater" (Charles Isherwood, The New York Times).
Directed by Tony® winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this “downright wonderful” (Newsday) original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s. The story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, BRIGHT STAR is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.
Original BRIGHT STAR lead, Carmen Cusack revives her role, for which she  received universal raves and a 2016 Tony Award nomination. Photo: Nick Stokes.
Original BRIGHT STAR lead, Carmen Cusack revives her role, for which she received universal raves and a 2016 Tony Award nomination. Photo: Nick Stokes.
Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the entire show is framed around Carmen Cusack's Alice Murphy, who is "nuanced and forceful, effortlessly eloquent both as the younger Alice and as her older, sterner iteration."(The Guardian) Literary editor Alice develops a relationship with a young soldier just home from World War II, awakening her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.
"Steve Martin and Edie Brickell are huge talents and Carmen Cusack is a revelation." -Chicago Tribune
"A quintessentially American musical, with a style of music utterly its own, BRIGHT STAR captures the indefinable, often complicated love shared between a parent and child. At its core, it’s a heart-rending tribute to all the shared moments of wonder, mystery, sadness, and above all, joy that make a family what it is." -Carole Shorenstein Hays
Though perhaps not your typical “holiday fare,” BRIGHT STAR is thematically aligned with the spirit of the season. Loosely based on an actual event, BRIGHT STAR explores the strength of family - celebrating the traditional and non-traditional families and, in particular, the unique power of parent/child relationships. BRIGHT STAR elevates the importance of storytelling as an integral part of the human experience, begging us to consider: why do we tell stories and what are the kinds of stories we tell?