The company of this year’s BROADWAY BACKWARDS will now include five-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell, four-time Tony nominee and five-time Emmy nominee Victor Garber, Tony nominees Malcolm Gets, Chad Kimball and Josh Young, five-time Emmy Award winner Doris Roberts and teenage spoken word sensation Noah St. John.
BROADWAY BACKWARDS is a one-night-only performance produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefiting BC/EFA and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York. The eighth annual edition of BROADWAY BACKWARDS will be held Monday, March 18 at 8 PM at Broadway’s Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway).
This year’s line-up of celebrity performers has been collectively nominated for 34 Tony Awards, 25 Emmy Awards and two Oscars. Noah recently gained national fame after winning the top storytelling performance prize from NPR’s “Snap Judgment” for an inspirational poetry slam about his two moms. Other new additions to the BROADWAY BACKWARDS cast include John Bolton (A Christmas Story, The Musical), John Treacy Egan (Sister Act), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Eve Plumb (Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage; TV’s “Brady Bunch”) and Howie Michael Smith (Avenue Q).
They join previously announced Academy Award winner and four-time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons, two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye, Tony winners Len Cariou, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Karen Ziemba, two-time Emmy Award-winning comedian Bruce Vilanch, Tony nominees Daniel Breaker (Passing Strange), Anita Gillette (Chapter Two, TV’s “30 Rock”) and Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), and Ward Billeisen (Anything Goes), Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Jim Brochu (Zero Hour), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid), Robert Creighton (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Jose Llana (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Kyle Dean Massey (Wicked) and Stacey Oristano (TV’s “Bunheads,” “Friday Night Lights”).
BROADWAY BACKWARDS is an annual celebration where gays and lesbians see their stories told through the great songs of musical theatre, sung by their favorite Broadway performers. BROADWAY BACKWARDS began as a grassroots concert performed at the Center in 2006. In subsequent years, the event grew quickly, performing Off-Broadway, then on Broadway for the last four years.
BROADWAY BACKWARDS creator Robert Bartley will again direct and choreograph. Amy Jones serves as co-choreographer.
Tickets are available exclusively at broadwaycares.org or by calling 212.840.0770, ext. 268. Prices start at $40.
VIP tickets include premium seats and a special post-show party with the cast. A limited number of “Backstage & Beyond” ticket packages 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.
The presenting sponsor of BROADWAY BACKWARDS is Lifetime Networks with generous support from The New York Times and United Airlines.