Broadway Backwards

Broadway Backwards 2022 poster8 pm on Monday, May 23
New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City

Broadway Backwards, a celebration of LGBTQ+ stories told through the great songs of musical theater, returns to the stage for the first time since before the pandemic hit. A star-studded evening filled with triumph and joy, Broadway Backwards salutes love in all forms through the vitality of live theater.

Broadway Backwards is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefits Broadway Cares and New York City’s LGBT Community Center. The show begins at 8 pm.

Ticket prices for Broadway Backwards (#BroadwayBackwards) range from $100-$1,100. Sponsorship packages also are available, offering premium seats and a special post-show cocktail reception.

Among the special guests announced Alexandra Billings, Len Cariou, Jenn Colella, Veanne Cox, Matt Doyle, Claybourne Elder, J. Harrison Ghee, Lena Hall, Z Infante, Michael R. Jackson, Joaquina Kalukango, Norm Lewis, Bill Nolte, Ken Page, Lauren Patten, Bernadette Peters, Eve Plumb, John Riddle, George Salazar, Mary Testa, Brandon Uranowitz, Lillias White, BD Wong and the Broadway Inspirational Voices.

The LGBTQ+ celebration will also feature an ensemble performing fully staged production numbers, a live orchestra and more special guests to be announced in the coming weeks. Colella, who hosted the last in-person performance in 2019 and starred in last year’s virtual edition, will host the 2022 event.

“This year’s Broadway Backwards fittingly marks our first event inside a theater since the pandemic hit in March 2020,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “In the continually tumultuous and dangerous political climate we still find ourselves in, we join with The Center in not only saying ‘gay,’ but singing it loudly and proudly for all to hear.”

This year’s show will again be directed by Broadway Backwards creator Robert Bartley. He will be joined by Mary-Mitchell Campbell as music supervisor and Ted Arthur as music director. Bartley will co-choreograph the production with Joshua Buscher-West, James Kinney and Adam Roberts. The production stage manager of Broadway Backwards is Gregory R. Covert.

Broadway Backwards began as a grassroots concert performed at the Center in 2006. The event quickly grew and now is performed every year in a Broadway theater. Since 2010, the evening has raised more than $5.5 million.

In 2020, Broadway Backwards was just four days away when the pandemic shut down theaters and most of New York City, forcing the event to be canceled. The 2021 virtual edition raised a record $749,555.

“LGBTQ+ people are still facing bigotry and adversity across the country,” Bartley said. “This night is an opportunity to embrace what we believe in; showing there can be a better tomorrow when we speak out and make our voices heard.”

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