This year's total surpassed the previous record of $329,000, set last year.
Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the sold-out event benefits both Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.
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 was 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.