Zoë Bell's #BossBitchFightChallenge Inspires The Women Of Broadway To "Fight" For Charity
The theatre and dance industries are known for being caring and compassionate communities, but sometimes it just takes a little inspiration from a Hollywood stunt performer and the chance to raise money for charity for the (silk) gloves to come off.
Last week, after Zoë Bell, a world-renowned stunt actress from New Zeland, released the now viral-video she called the #BossBitchFightChallenge, the ladies of Broadway were inspired to get in on the action, too.
In the original video, Bell — who most recently coordinated stunts for Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood and has appeared in films and tv shows like Ironman 3, Thor: Ragnorok, The Final Destination, Kill Bill (Volumes 1 & 2), Xena Warrior Princess, and many more — appears laying on her couch and says, "I just want to play with my friends."
What follows is a globe-circling international fight challenge among female stunt performers and celebrities alike.
Zoë Bell's #BossBitchFightChallenge video.
Katie Goffman — a performer from musicals like Jersey Boys, Clueless, and Rock Of Ages —organized, compiled, and edited the Broadway women's parody video.
I first saw Zoë Bell’s video on [fellow Broadway performer] Sara Andreas’s Instagram story and was instantly inspired. I loved seeing so many amazing women come together during this crazy pandemic to create a fun, badass, and totally hilarious video," Goffman told NYC Dance News & Culture. "I instantly wrote Sara a message saying 'Omg this is AMAZING! I’ll edit one! Can we make one?'"
Andreas — a veteran of Broadway shows like Catch Me If You Can, Escape To Margaritaville, and currently in the national touring cast of Jesus Christ Superstar— responded with an affirmative, "Let’s do one!" and the #BroadwayBossBitchFightChallenge was on its way to becoming a reality.
"We contacted a bunch of our girlfriends and the magic started rolling in," Goffman continued. "It was so much fun to make, and I’m grateful everyone was up for the challenge."
Andreas also explained to DN&C why she wanted to be apart of the video.
"I was obsessed with Zoë Bell's version, and I want to be a badass stuntwoman, but I'm not sure that's in the cards for me," she said with a laugh. "So, this is the closest I think I'll get to the glory."
In the Broadway parody version, Goffman, Andreas, and fellow Broadway performers and choreographers like Chita Rivera nominee Angie Schworer, Mean Girls star Kate Rockwell, International Emmy nominee Lisa Stevens, Tony-nominated director Kristin Hanggi, Olivier winner and Tony nominee Kelly Devine, and so many more recreate — in a way only a group of multi-faceted theatrical talent can — a melee of their own.
And to make the fun even better, these women didn't just decide to beat each other up for fun; the video is done all in the name of charity.
"If you like the video, please consider donating to The Actors Fund," Goffman said. "During this crisis so many performers and artists are out of work for an unknown length of time and any donation helps this wonderful organization support our fellow actors in need."
Also appearing in the video are Natalie Gallo, Caroline Bowman, Megan Sikora, Zurin Villanueva, Natalie Joy Johnson, Rebecca Kritzer, Nadia Quinn, Tessa Alves, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Christine Dwyer, Jenna Leigh Green, Ephie Aardema, Talya Groves, Danielle Marie Gonzalez, Amy Weaver, Sarah Parker, Tiffany Engen, Sara Sheperd, Yasmeen Sulieman, Kristin Piro, Beth Laird, Arianna Rosario, Marina Pires, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Rachel Rhodes-Devey, Charissa Hogeland, Alyssa Fox, Natalie Maltoke, Marjorie Failoni, Tee Boyich, Kaleigh Cronin, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Tessa Grady, Anne Brummel, and Sarah Jenkins.
Watch the full #BroadwayBossBitchFightChallenge video embedded above!
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Michael Mahany serves as NYC Dance News & Culture’s founder and Editor-At-Large. Additionally, he is a professional actor, singer, dancer who appears nightly in the 10th Anniversary production of 'Rock Of Ages' in New York City. He's also a co-host of the 'Pod De Deux' dance podcast. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, or visit www.michaelmahany.com for more. Story tips? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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