Last night Horshack made me cry. For realz. At Broadway Backwards, the fourth annual NYC LGBT Center fundraiser show which featured a galaxy of Broadway stars, it was Welcome Back, Kotter’s Ron Palillo’s skit about Prop 8 that had me in tears. Another highlight was Florence Henderson’s raunchy take There Is Nothing Like A Dame from South Pacific which featured references to muff-diving and a lesbian relationship with Brady Bunch maid Alice. And I don’t care how famous you are, having a packed house of show queens sing happy 75th birthday to you in a Broadway theater on 42nd Street….that’s got to be a lifetime highlight. 75. Years. Old. And looking amazing.
And yeah, Sandra Bernhard totally forgot the words, but having Cheyenne Jackson singing a funny-only-to-the-gays You’re The Top from Anything Goes to her, ending up on his hands and knees….well, you get the picture. “Baby, I’m the bottom…” (looks up) “…and you’re my top!”
I’ll have reviews of the show, hopefully with video, once the Broadway sites get their stories up. Performers included Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Yazbeck (swoon), Jim Caruso (hilarious), Aaron Lazar, Gina Gershon, Alan Cumming, John Tartaglia, Tituss Burgess, Jai Rodriguez, Len Cariou, Michael Urie, Becky Newton, Mario Cantone, Maureen McGovern (!!!), Sally Mayes, Marty Thomas, and on and on. Here’s a few shots I grabbed at the after party.