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The Ensemblist is an inside look at the experience of being a Broadway performer- from the first rehearsal through performing eight shows a week and beyond. Whether you’re an experienced theatre professional or a passionate fan, The Ensemblist will give you the opportunity to get to know new performers and the great work they do onstage, while also shedding light on some of the hidden innerworkings of the Broadway experience. Created and hosted by Mo Brady (The Addams Family, SMASH) and Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Chicago, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), The Ensemblist is the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out. 

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Why I Hate “The 10 Hottest Chorus Girls and Boys” Lists

Mo Brady

by Mo Brady

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I’m all for a shout out to the talented artists working in Broadway ensembles. I love the opportunity to celebrate and champion these artists. But what I can’t stand is this proclamation that the only thing “chorus boys and girls” can be celebrated for are their bodies.

Of course, these actors wouldn’t be able to celebrated in this way if they didn’t have alluring photographs of themselves posted in various states of undress plastered on their Instagram profiles. But ensemble actors don’t get a lot of chances to be featured in major New York publications. If I were in their shoes, I’m not sure I would pass up the opportunity to be featured either.

However, why does the conversation have to be solely about their physical beauty? Why can’t this list mention the talents, experiences or ideas that actually make them attractive? While the listicle includes a mention of the actors’ Broadway credits, there is not even a single sentence about what make these performers worthy of being celebrated.

Or if we are going to celebrate their bodies, can they be celebrated for the incredible ability these bodies have to kick and turn and tumble eight shows a week? Why do they have to be shown in alluring “come and get me” poses, instead of shown presenting their skills or talents?

This is 2018, people. It’s the year of #TimesUp. Audiences are capable of celebrating beautiful people for more than just their beauty. We can do better.