A cast of Broadway favorites has been assembled for the annual Broadway Backwards concert, which celebrates equality and community through gender-reversed interpretations of show tunes. The event will be held March 13 at 8 PM at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC).
Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the evening will benefit Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.
Performers are scheduled to include Sierra Boggess (School of Rock—The Musical), Tony nominee Alex Brightman (School of Rock—The Musical), two-time Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Tony winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, TV’s Blue Bloods), Ariana DeBose (A Bronx Tale), Lora Lee Gayer (Holiday Inn), Tony winner John Glover (The Cherry Orchard), Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town, TV’s Quantico), Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Tony winner Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton), Tony nominee Bobby Steggert (Big Fish), Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (Falsettos, TV’s Girls), Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale), two-time Golden Globe winner, Tony nominee, and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), and Rachel York (Disaster!). More special guests will be announced later this month. Performers are subject to change.
Creator Robert Bartley will again direct the show. He will be joined by Mary-Mitchell Campbell as music supervisor and Laura Bergquist as music director. Choreography will be created by Bartley, Christopher Rice, and Adam Roberts.
Last year’s performance raised a record $480,287. In its 11 editions, Broadway Backwards has raised more than $2.8 million for Broadway Cares and The Center.
Tickets are available at broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 229. Remaining tickets start at $175. Tickets at the $85 level are sold out. VIP tickets include premium seats and a special post-show cocktail reception 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 $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.