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Adam Lambert Sings National Anthem at Record-Breaking 'Broadway Bares': VIDEO


Adam Lambert sang the National Anthem on Sunday night at Broadway Bares 23, the annual strip-a-thon fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The show broke records again this year, Broadway World reports, making $1,430,241:

With this year's record total, the 23 editions of BROADWAY BARES have now raised more than $11.3 million for Broadway Cares. Last year's 22nd edition of BROADWAY BARES raised $1,254,176. BROADWAY BARES started in 1992 and featured seven dancers stripping on a bar, raising about $8,000.

This year's edition of BROADWAY BARES was directed by Nick Kenkel (Catch Me If You Can, Peepshow, Legally Blonde).BROADWAY BARES was created by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) who serves as executive producer. It was produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS led by Producing Director Michael Graziano.

Watch a (partial) video of Adam Lambert's stunning rendition the National Anthem at Broadway Bares 23, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Another tour de force by Jerry Mitchell and company. Always a wonderful show for a great cause. Have to hand it to the Broadway community. They come together and go all out. Happy to continue to support Broadway Bares and Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.

    Posted by: Scott | Jun 25, 2013 7:30:15 AM

  2. Now he is black too.

    Posted by: Monrocsol | Jun 25, 2013 7:40:50 AM

  3. 3, 2, 1, until the haters show up to trash Adam.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jun 25, 2013 8:14:15 AM

  4. Hmm...not so sure.
    Yea, he's got a voice, but I really, really feel like the National Anthem is not a time to show off your "diva" skills. No matter who sings it, it should be done with the most respect possible.
    No need to make it all about you.
    That's just how I feel.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 25, 2013 8:23:47 AM

  5. Adam's voice is glorious and there is no need to hide it. This was part of the show ,apparently you didn't see what came next.

    ADAM is now surpassing Whitney as the very best singer ever of the SSB..I believe Adam Lambert will become this generations's POP ICON.

    Posted by: Melody | Jun 25, 2013 8:32:42 AM

  6. Huh. He didn't perform at the Broadway Bares I went to on Sunday. It must have only been the midnight show.

    Posted by: Rich B | Jun 25, 2013 8:43:55 AM

  7. "I really, really feel like the National Anthem is not a time to show off your "diva" skills"

    Uh, tell that to every diva ever who's sang it.

    Posted by: ripper | Jun 25, 2013 8:56:33 AM

  8. His voice is insane. While I prefer a more restrained approach, you can't deny he is a very gifted singer. Better than Whitney? He's definitely in the game.

    Posted by: dattexas | Jun 25, 2013 9:21:17 AM

  9. It definitely was a SMASH at the midnight show!
    As was the energy and talent of all who participated..

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Jun 25, 2013 9:25:51 AM

  10. Yeah, he only sang at the midnight show and that video doesn't do it complete justice.

    Posted by: Alco | Jun 25, 2013 9:26:46 AM

  11. I think he did this awesomely. And I think it's great that different singers take liberties and freedom in the ways they render the National Anthem. After all, that's kinda what it's about.

    Posted by: Douglas | Jun 25, 2013 9:27:52 AM

  12. To Monroscol: Gurl that's right...we ALL ARE!

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Jun 25, 2013 9:28:45 AM

  13. Haters can hate all they want, but there is no doubt that Mr. Lambert can bring it.

    Well done, Adam!

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Jun 25, 2013 9:30:40 AM

  14. Perfect. Period. The song is written for a "diva skills" voice - one of the most difficult songs to sing ever written. And his version perfectly fits into the context of the rest of the show. It was an amazing moment.

    Posted by: | Jun 25, 2013 9:47:54 AM

  15. Love him. Love his voice. Still hate that our national anthem is based on a musically insane British drinking song. (Also hate that the lyrics are basically two long, rambling, gramatically-challenged questions.) Would love to hear Adam turn his chops loose on "God Bless America" or "America the Beautiful," though.

    Posted by: Dback | Jun 25, 2013 11:21:33 AM

  16. It is a patriotic song for a patriotic people. In America that means diva, country, operatic, pitch perfect or off key. Sing it how ever you want just sing it loud and proud.

    Posted by: Bob | Jun 25, 2013 11:29:42 AM

  17. I agree totally with jrmartine. Think about how difficult a song it is to sing even in its original version. Add to that the fact that this was a theatrical/Broadway crowd, now multiply the intensity of a "cold walk on" to a Broadway-like stage and factor in an acapella rendition of THE most well-known, beloved patriotic song in the United States. It was a Herculean feat that would have left many (most?) performers quaking and in shambles. Lambert is ridiculously talented! Bravo! Standing O!

    Posted by: RedRoseQueen1 | Jun 25, 2013 11:33:55 AM

  18. Christina Aguilera called. She wants her shtick back.

    Posted by: Martin Haro | Jun 25, 2013 11:47:16 AM

  19. Martin Haro, you are an idiot.

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 25, 2013 11:58:38 AM

  20. He was awesome!...Stop being jealous and hit a gym already....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jun 25, 2013 12:05:20 PM

  21. I don't know if people who post here are truly idiots or just work hard at pretending to be. The show is an outrageous over the top tour de force. It's for a good cause and is every definition of the word theatrical. People should really research before they open their mouths and show just how stupid they are. This was a fund raiser. The theme of the night was the military hence the star spangled banner. How Adam sang it was not only appropriate but necessary and no one could have pulled it off like he did.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 25, 2013 12:08:41 PM

  22. I'm not really a Lambert fan, but…...WOW! How can anyone not be blown away by this? And where is the full video?? That just blew EVERY version out of the water.

    Posted by: colin | Jun 25, 2013 12:11:43 PM

  23. FYI - He only sang from "and the rockets red glare" onwards, so this is the full video.

    Posted by: Brian | Jun 25, 2013 12:22:08 PM

  24. Adam Lambert does not need to "show off his diva skills" HE is a master at his craft. Unlike anyone I, and probably you,have ever seen or will see in our lifetime. His voice is explosive and soft as silk, then "blow the roof off" outstanding, and lullaby soft again, sometimes, all within one song. You can't 'learn' this kind of talent. It's a gift. And it's a gift I am so grateful to receive. Please don't trash Adam. THIS was a masterpiece, show-stopping rendition of the National Anthem!!

    Posted by: Sandi Shader | Jun 25, 2013 1:02:14 PM

  25. Poor Martin Haro.

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 25, 2013 1:02:28 PM

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