Episode 25 of Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone's Broadway podcast The Ensemblist puts a spotlight on the scandalous fundraising event Broadway Bares, which will take place this Sunday, June 22, at the Hammerstein Ballroom. This year's Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! will be the 24th annual installment, created by Tony-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
In this episode of The Ensemblist, Broadway Bares alumni James Brown III, Lindsay Janisse, and Josh Rhodes share their memories from participating in the glitter- and nudity-filled community gathering. Brown, a five-time Bares veteran who currently works with Broadway's Rocky, discusses the challenges of rehearsing for the benefit while performing onstage eight times a week. Janisse (Wicked, Rock of Ages) and Rhodes (Cinderella, First Date) also share their own insights on the backstage creative process that goes into this yearly celebration of the Broadway community.