Cariou and McClanahan Join Line-Up for Broadway Backwards 4

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As previously announced, the annual Broadway Backwards concert — featuring male singers performing songs traditionally sung by women and women singing tunes written for men — will be presented Feb. 9 at the American Airlines Theatre.
Rue McClanahan is Mother in the Ogunquit Playhouse's Crazy for You.
Rue McClanahan is Mother in the Ogunquit Playhouse's Crazy for You. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

A benefit for New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center, the starry evening will boast the talents of the previously reported Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, Tony and Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg, current Shrek star Christopher Sieber, Assassins' Mario Cantone, stage and screen actress Megan Mullally (Young Frankenstein, "Will & Grace"), Jai Rodriguez ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," Rent), Gina Gershon (Boeing-Boeing), Aaron Lazar (A Tale of Two Cities), John Tartaglia (Shrek the Musical), Marty Thomas (Xanadu), "Ugly Betty" stars Becki Newton and Michael Urie, Cheyenne Jackson (Xanadu, All Shook Up), Tony Award nominee Sally Mayes (She Loves Me), Kate Reinders (Good Vibrations, Gypsy; one-half of TASTiSKANK), Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy, A Chorus Line), Sandra Bernhard (I'm Still Here… Damn It!, "Rosanne"), Florence Henderson (Fanny, "The Brady Bunch"), Maureen McGovern (Little Women, Nine) and Ron Palillo (Hot L. Baltimore, "Welcome Back, Kotter").

Newly announced for the one-night-only event are Tony Award winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music) and Emmy Award winner Rue McClanahan (The Women, TV's "The Golden Girls").

Jim Caruso will host the evening with musical direction by Paul Staroba.

Robert Bartley will again direct the 8 PM benefit concert; John Kander and Terrence McNally are the evening's co-chairs. A party with the show's artists will be held following the performance.

A limited number of tickets priced $250 are still available by calling (212) 352-3101. There are also some $1,500 and $5,000 tickets, which include preferred seating, the after party and membership in the Leadership and President's Circles. The American Airlines Theatre is located in Manhattan at 227 West 42nd Street.

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