Just in from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS:
Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), four-time Grammy Award nominee Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Tony winner Cady Huffman (The Producers), three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello (Sweeney Todd) and Tony nominee Santino Fontana (Cinderella, TV’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) are joining the spectacular cast of Broadway Backwards, a show celebrating equality, community and love through gender-reversed interpretations of the great songs of musical theatre.
Also just announced for the 12th annual edition are Robert Creighton (Cagney), Eric Petersen (School of Rock – The Musical), Megan Sikora (Holiday Inn), Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), six-time Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch and Jersey Boys original cast members Dominic Nolfi, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard.
Tony winner Julie White will return to host. The Monday, March 13, event is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefits Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.
These additions join the previously announced celebrated cast of Broadway’s best: Sierra Boggess (School of Rock – The Musical), 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), 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!). Performers are subject to change.
Broadway Backwards (#broadwaybackwards) features the great songs of musical theatre with a twist: men sing songs originally intended for women, and vice versa. It’s a show where gender doesn’t matter, but love does. The show starts at 8 pm at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC), home to the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots.
Here are some clips from recent years. I think I’ve been to every one.