Rocky and Rock of Ages Ensemblists Bare It All for Broadway Bares
''The Ensemblist'' goes behind the scenes of Jerry Mitchell's annual fundraising striptease.
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.