Len Cariou, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Karen Ziemba, Ashley Brown Join Lineup for Broadway Backwards Concert
By Andrew Gans
Additional artists have been announced for the eighth annual Broadway Backwards concert — featuring male singers performing songs traditionally sung by women, and women singing tunes written for men — which will be presented March 18 at the Palace Theatre.
Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefiting Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, the performance will begin at 8 PM.
Newly announced for the evening are Tony Award winners Len Cariou, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Karen Ziemba as well as Ashley Brown and Stacy Oristano. These artists join the previously reported four-time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons, two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye, two-time Emmy Award-winning comedian Bruce Vilanch, Daniel Breaker, Anita Gillette, Tony Sheldon, Jose Llana, Jim Brochu, Ward Billeisen, Stephanie J. Block, Tituss Burgess, Robert Creighton and Kyle Dean Massey.
Directed and choreographed by creator Robert Bartley, Broadway Backwards is described as an "annual celebration where gays and lesbians see their stories told through the great songs of musical theatre, performed by their favorite Broadway performers." Amy Jones is co-choreographer.
Tickets, which begin at $75, are now available by visiting broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 268. (VIP tickets include premium seats and a special post-show party with the cast. A limited number of “Backstage & Beyond” ticket packages also are available, which include the opportunity to see the dress rehearsal, exclusive backstage access, a “meet and greet” with some of the stars of Broadway Backwards, premium seats for the show and more.)
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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