Betty Buckley, LaChanze, Adam Pascal, Andrew Rannells, Sierra Boggess and More Go Backwards March 5
By Andrew Gans
The annual Broadway Backwards concert — featuring male singers performing songs traditionally sung by women, and women singing tunes written for men — plays Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre March 5 at 8 PM.
Creator Robert Bartley again directs and choreographs, with musical direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. The creative team also includes lighting designer Ryan O'Gara, costume designer Philip Heckman and co-choreographers Stephanie Klemmons and Patrick O'Neill.
The starry line-up boasts Tony winner Betty Buckley, Adam Pascal, Andrew Rannells, Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch, TV icon George Takei, Bryan Batt, Sierra Boggess, Jim Brochu, Charles Busch, Dan Butler, Tony winner Len Cariou, Mario Cantone, Jenn Colella, Cicily Daniels, Robin De Jesús, Nancy Dussault, Harvey Evans, Anthony Fedorov, Barrett Foa, Shawna Hamic, Jackie Hoffman, Tony winner LaChanze, Telly Leung, Jessie Mueller, Brian Charles Rooney, Jason Michael Snow and Elizabeth Stanley.
Broadway Backwards 7 is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefits Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.
"I consider myself blessed to be able to collaborate with so many extraordinary artists to create something that celebrates the most wonderfully universal thing of all — love," Bartley said in a previous statement. "In doing so, together, we are able to raise funds to assist two organizations I deeply believe in, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the LGBT Center of New York, and support so many here in New York City and around the country. I can't think of a better way to do that than with some of the greatest songs of the Great White Way sung by performers we all admire and love."
BC/EFA executive director Tom Viola added, "Broadway Backwards has not only grown into a major fundraiser for Broadway Cares and the Center, but also offers its audience the chance to see and hear the best of Broadway in a way we haven't heard before. At last year's Broadway Backwards, we had the privilege of seeing the magnificent Bebe Neuwirth turn the tables on one of the musicals for which she is known and won her second Tony Award, Chicago. Bebe sang 'All I Care About is Love' with a chorus of gorgeous women and those signature fans from the show. Seeing Tony Yazbeck perform the entire 'Music and the Mirror' song and dance from A Chorus Line opposite Derek Hanson's Zack was something very special for this audience. And Clay Aiken and Lillias White each brought the house down with, respectively, a rousing rendition of 'Home' from The Wiz and a special Ray Charles arrangement of South Pacific's 'Some Enchanted Evening.'"
A limited number of $40 rush tickets will be released for sale at 6:30 PM March 5. The rush tickets will be sold outside the Al Hirschfeld Theater (302 West 45th Street) and will not be available at the box office. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, cash only and are limited to two tickets per person.
Tickets, which begin at $75, are available by visiting broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268. For more information visit broadwaycares.org.
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