PHOTO CALL: Inside Broadway Backwards! Exclusive Performance Shots from Theatre's Gender-Bending Night of Song

News   PHOTO CALL: Inside Broadway Backwards! Exclusive Performance Shots from Theatre's Gender-Bending Night of Song
Broadway Backwards, the gender-bending night where classic and contemporary Broadway songs are re-imagined for the LGBT community, returns for its tenth anniversary March 9 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Stars of stage and screen fill the roster of performers.

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

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

Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actress, comedian and writer Lily Tomlin made a special guest appearance as part of the night that also featured Rob McClure (Honeymoon in Vegas), Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), Lena Hall (Hedwig), Robin de Jesús (Wicked), Norm Lewis (Phantom), Telly Leung ("Glee"), Lillias White (The Life), 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), Jason Michael Snow (The Book of Mormon), 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'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.


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

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