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Uptown Players celebrates 20 years of ‘Broadway Our Way’ with cruise-themed fundraising show RICH LOPEZ | Staff Sara Shelby-Martin, Emily Truelove and Linda Leonard in Broadway Our Way (Photo by Mike Morgan) Thursday night kicked off Uptown Players annual fundraising revue Broadway Our Way, a night of show tunes performed by a cast of local actors familiar to Uptown audiences that always makes for a funny and twisted night of revelry.

But for director, writer and cast member BJ Cleveland, BOW, now in its 20th year, is far more than a just another fundraiser. “It’s a unique fundraiser, first of all.

But really, it’s a love letter to Uptown Players,” Cleveland said by phone. “We have all this donated talent and time here to support Uptown.

I also feel like it’s this gift to the community as well.” Cleveland has been involved with Uptown since its very first show and has been in all the BOW’s save for “maybe two of them.” He goes on about the special quality that separates BOW from other fundraising efforts. “We don’t have a gala or a seven-course meal here.

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