A bevy of Broadway’s brightest stars joined a sold-out audience on March 11, 2019, to celebrate and motivate the LGBTQ community and its allies through gender-reversed renditions of beloved show tunes, spectacular choreography and a record-breaking fundraising total at Broadway Backwards.
The 14th annual edition of the show raised $704,491 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. The previous fundraising record was set last year at $680,273.
Broadway Backwards, which was produced by Broadway Cares at the New Amsterdam Theatre, featured a cast of 130 performers and a live, 12-piece orchestra. It started with two of Broadway’s favorite singing-and-dancing leading men – Gavin Creel and Andrew Rannells – and ended with a stirring anthem led by the evening’s host, Tony Award nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away).
Performers included Clyde Alves, Ward Billeisen, Len Cariou Lilli Cooper, Ariana DeBose, Nathan Lee Graham, Robyn Hurder, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Caitlin Kinnunen, Caissie Levy, Isabelle McCalla, Donna McKechnie, Bonnie Milligan, Debra Monk, Bebe Neuwirth, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Alice Ripley, Michael James Scott, Alexandra Silber, Jarrod Spector, Ana Villafane, and Teal Wicks.