Broadway legend and two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera, Tony nominees Stephanie J. Block and Tony Sheldon, Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple, “Orange is the New Black”), and Laura Michelle Kelly (Finding Neverland) are among those joining the stunning cast of this year’s Broadway Backwards, a one-night-only musical celebration, custom-made for the LGBT community, our friends and families.
Tony winner Julie White, a longtime supporter of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will host this year’s 11th edition.
Also just added to the roster of performers are Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Josh Grisetti (It Shoulda Been You), Eddie Korbich (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Karen Mason (Sunset Boulevard), and Kenita R. Miller(Xanadu).
This year’s Broadway Backwards (#broadwaybackwards) will take the stage at 8 PM Monday, March 21, at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC), home to the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots. The evening is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefits BC/EFA and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York.
These new names join a list of Broadway favorites announced earlier: Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Little Mermaid), Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, TV’s Blue Bloods), Andre De Shields (Gotta Dance), Telly Leung (Allegiance),Beth Malone (Fun Home), Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea), Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!), Ken Page (Cats), Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening, TV’s Smash), Emily Skinner (Side Show), Ricky Ubeda (On the Town, TV’s So You Think You Can Dance), Treat Williams (Follies), Tony Yazbeck (Finding Neverland) and Broadway trio Apollo Link. Performers subject to change.
Tickets for the event are available exclusively at broadwaycares.org or by calling 212.840.0770, ext. 229. VIP tickets include premium seats and a special post-show cocktail reception with the cast. A limited number of “Backstage & Beyond” tickets 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 Backwards Creator Robert Bartley will again direct the show. Also returning are Mary-Mitchell Campbell as music supervisor and Tim Rosser as music director. Bartley, Al Blackstone, David Bushman, JoAnn Hunter and Adam Roberts will choreograph. Chris DeCamillis serves as production stage manager; Paul Miller is lightning designer, Matt Kraus is sound designer and Matthew J. Kilgore is costume designer.
Broadway Backwards is sponsored by Facebook, The New York Times and United Airlines.
About Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
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.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.
For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, at facebook.com/BCEFA, at twitter.com/BCEFA, at youtube.com/BCEFA and at instagram.com/BCEFA.
About The Center
Established in 1983, New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center celebrates diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity. Each year, The Center welcomes more than 300,000 visits to our building in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan from people who engage in our life-changing and life-saving activities. To learn more about our work, please visit gaycenter.org.
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