The thirteenth annual, one-night-only fundraiser Broadway Backwards hits the boards at the historic Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 West 45th Street, New York, on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (one of the nation’s leading nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations), Broadway Backwards will benefit both Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (www.gaycenter.org) in New York City.
The show takes its name from gender-bending performances of showtunes by Broadway’s brightest stars—men singing songs originally written for female characters, and women singing songs written for men. (Imagine, for instance, Andrew Rannells singing “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story, or Bernadette Peters singing “It Takes a Woman” from Hello, Dolly!).
Last year’s show raised a record $522,870, bringing the benefit’s twelve-year fundraising total to $3.4-million, and featured Broadway stars Cynthia Erivo, Josh Groban, Andrew Rannells, and many more, backed by an onstage orchestra. The cast for this year’s much-anticipated benefit will be announced soon.
Prices for Broadway Backwards start at $85. VIP tickets include premium seats and a special post-show cocktail reception with the cast. A limited number of “Backstage & Beyond” ticket packages are also available. Tickets can be purchased at www.broadwaycares.org or by calling (212) 840-0770, ext. 229.
For more information, please visit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS online at www.broadwaycares.org. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@BCEFA).
—Reporting by Hank Trout