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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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Q&A: James Brown III

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James' Episode: Broadway Bares (#25)

Where are you from? Born in Baltimore, MD. but raised in Orange County, CA (Dana Point)

Broadway credits: Rocky (OBC), Ghost (OBC), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (OBC), Memphis, The Little Mermaid (OBC), The Color Purple (OBC), Wicked, The Frogs (OBC)

How did you hear you’d booked your first Broadway show? Fun story…My agency brought in a new Theater agent and I was meeting him for the first time in the office, just days after my final callback for The Frogs and he had just gotten off the phone with Tara Rubin minutes before the meeting. He got to tell me in person!!!!

What is your favorite event in the Broadway community? Broadway Bares is one of my favorite events. It’s a really fun event that raises money for a cause that I am obsessed with, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, and every year it baffles me that literally hundreds of artists, techies, and theater enthusiast come together for free and put on this huge show. I don’t think that an event to this magnitude happens in any other place on a volunteer basis. Plus who doesn’t love getting naked, dancing on stage in front of thousands of people, getting money for it, and still being respected more than strippers?

What’s something about Broadway that fascinates you? It fascinates me that the Broadway Community feels so small and yet really is a big industry. It actually operates like a community, a community that is improbable for most to get into, but a community nonetheless.

What, other than theatre, has inspired you recently? I am always inspired by fashion. Elie Saab is one of my favorite designers and the couture collections are always unbelievable and impeccable. I dream of designing gowns that gorgeous!!!!

If I could have coffee with any living person, it would be…Michelle Obama, what an amazing woman!

If I could trade places with anybody for a day, I would choose…A Victoria’s Secret Angel, preferably Karlie Kloss, Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima, or Joan Smalls. I don’t have any desires of being a woman, I love being a man, but can you imagine waking up and being that “perfect”…those women are like aliens!!!

To be successful in this business, it takes…these days it really just takes believing in yourself. Everyone who’s “made it” has made it for different reasons. Some have talent, some have a great look or the right look, some know the right people, some people are hard workers and persistent, and some all of the above. But the common denominator is that success in this business only comes when you truly believe you can do it.

Tell us a secret. I secretly want to be in the C.I.A., I’m obsessed with all things spy and high level military. I would instantly trade being on Broadway for being a Navy Seal or director of the C.I.A.