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Beloved show tunes will get a fresh perspective when Broadway Backwards returns with gender-reversed and star-studded twists on classic and modern favorites.
The evening features performances from stars of stage and screen with men singing songs originally intended for women, and vice versa. Artists will honor the great songs of musical theatre while celebrating the LGBTQ community and creating an environment of equality, awareness and love.
The one-night-only event will include performances by Clyde Alves, Tony winner Len Cariou, Lilli Cooper, Tony winner Gavin Creel, Tony nominee Ariana DeBose, Nathan Lee Graham, Robyn Hurder, Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones, Caitlin Kinnunen, Caissie Levy, Isabelle McCalla, Tony winner Donna McKechnie, Bonnie Milligan. two-time Emmy Award and Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth, two-time Tony nominee Andrew Rannells, Tony nominee Jarrod Spector, Academy Award and Tony nominee Kathleen Turner, plus the Grammy Award-nominated Broadway Inspirational Voices. Performers are subject to change.
Broadway Backwards will be hosted by Tony Award nominee Jenn Colella, who is currently inspiring Broadway audiences eight times a week as pilot Beverley Bass in the hit musical Come From Away. Colella’s accomplished career on Broadway also includes roles in If/Then, Chaplin, High Fidelity and Urban Cowboy.
Broadway Backwards is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefits Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. Colella is a longtime friend of Broadway Cares and The Center and a passionate advocate for and member of the LGBTQ community.
Creator Robert Bartley will return to direct the show. He will be joined by Mary-Mitchell Campbell as music supervisor and Ted Arthur and Christopher D. Littlefield as music directors, with Jeff Brancato as production stage manager. The show will be choreographed by Bartley and Robbie Roby, with additional musical numbers staged by Paul McGill, Mimi Quillin, Stephen Reed and Tony Yazbeck.
What began as a small, grassroots concert performed at The Center in 2006 quickly grew into a highly anticipated event presented in Broadway’s best theatres. In its 13 editions, Broadway Backwards has raised more than $4.1 million for Broadway Cares and The Center.