Stars of "Glee," Hedwig, Phantom and Wicked Join Broadway Backwards

News   Stars of "Glee," Hedwig, Phantom and Wicked Join Broadway Backwards
 
Lena Hall, Robin de Jesús, Norm Lewis, Telly Leung and Lillias White are among the stars who will be part of the tenth anniversary edition of Broadway Backwards, a one-night-only event in which traditional Broadway songs are re-imagined for the LGBT community.

Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell

The tenth anniversary presentation of Broadway Backwards, which features male singers performing songs traditionally sung by women, and women singing tunes written for men, will take place March 9 at the Hirschfeld Theatre.

Creator Robert Bartley directs and choreographs the popular evening that has musical supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and musical direction by Tim Rosser.

The 2015 edition promises to "include some of the biggest showstopping acts from previous editions of Broadway Backwards (#bwaybackwards) and will features the return of many of the show’s most popular performers."

Newly announced are Hall (Hedwig), de Jesús (Wicked), Lewis (Phantom), Leung ("Glee") and White (The Life), as well as Charles Busch (The Divine Sister), Mario Cantone (Assassins), Lee Roy Reams (The Producers), Douglas Sills (Living on Love), Maureen McGovern (Little Women), Micah Stock (It's Only a Play), Jim Brochu (Zero Hour), Jenn Colella (If/Then), Harvey Evans (Follies), Shawna Hamic (The Last Ship), Brian Charles Rooney (Bedbugs) and Jason Michael Snow (The Book of Mormon).

Previously announced to appear are Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate), Tony Yazbeck (On the Town), Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid), Julie Halston (You Can’t Take It With You), Ann Harada (Cinderella, Avenue Q), Florence Henderson (Oklahoma!, "The Brady Bunch"), Jackie Hoffman (On the Town) and Aaron Lazar (The Last Ship).  Last year's Broadway Backwards raised $483,182 for Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. 

Read Playbill.com's coverage of the event, featuring performances by Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Stephanie J. Block and more, here.

"I'm thrilled to welcome back so many talented performers for this special 10th edition of Broadway Backwards," Bartley said in a statement. "Through the nine editions of Broadway Backwards so far, we've been able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars that help provide lifesaving medications, counseling and support for LGBT youth and those struggling with HIV/AIDS."

Adam Roberts serves as associate choreographer with lighting design by Ryan O’Gara and costume design by Bernadette Banner.

VIP ticket packages and special "Backstage & Beyond" packages are also available. For tickets, beginning at $85, visit broadwaycares.org or phone (212) 840-0770, ext. 268.

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is at the heart of the LGBT community in New York City, providing quality health and wellness programs in a welcoming space that fosters connections and celebrates our cultural contributions. Visit gaycenter.org.

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