PHOTO CALL: Brian Stokes Mitchell, Malcolm Gets, Jan Maxwell, Tituss Burgess and Howie Michael Smith at Broadway Backwards
By Matthew Blank
The eighth annual Broadway Backwards concert — featuring male singers performing songs traditionally sung by women, and women singing tunes written for men — played the Palace Theatre March 18.
Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefiting Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, the performance began at 8 PM.
The evening boasted the talents of Ward Billeisen, Stephanie J. Block, John Bolton, Jake Boyd, Mo Brady, Daniel Breaker, Jim Brochu, Ashley Brown, Tituss Burgess, Len Cariou, Robert Creighton, Victor Garber, Malcolm Gets, Anita Gillette, Judy Kaye, Jose Llana, Kyle Dean Massey, Jan Maxwell, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Stacey Oristano, Estelle Parsons, Eve Plumb, Doris Roberts, Tony Sheldon, Howie Michael Smith, Anthony Warlow, Josh Young, Karen Ziemba, comedian/writer Bruce Vilanch, professional dancers Patrick Corbin and David Grenke and teen poet sensation Noah St. John.
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.*
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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