Jessie Mueller, Jonathan Groff, Stephanie J. Block & More Set for BROADWAY BACKWARDS on 3/24
Broadway's hottest young stars will join legendary performers of the Great White Way for the ninth annual edition of Broadway Backwards, a one-night-only performance produced byBroadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefiting BC/EFA and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York.
This year's edition of Broadway Backwards (#bwaybackwards) will be held on Monday, March 24 at 8PM at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 W 45th Street), home to the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots.
The roster of Broadway stars joining this year's Broadway Backwards includes Bryan Batt (La Cage aux Folles, TV's "Mad Men"), Tony Award nominee Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Tony winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, TV's "Blue Bloods"), two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesús (La Cage aux Folles, In The Heights), Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening, TV's "Looking"), three-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn (Fun Home), Tony nominee Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), Krysta Rodriguez (First Date, TV's "Smash"), Cass Morgan (The Bridges of Madison County), Tony Yazbeck (Encores!'s Little Me) and Patricia Morison (Broadway's original "Kate" in Kiss Me, Kateand a veteran of several other original Broadway companies including The King and I).
Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Performers subject to change.
"Every year I am overwhelmed by the sensational talent volunteering their time to perform and the enthusiastic response from ticket buyers so excited to support two organizations that are deeply important," said Robert Bartley, the show's creator. "Through the eight editions of Broadway Backwards so far, we've been able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars that help provide lifesaving medications, counseling and support for LGBT youth and those struggling with HIV/AIDS."
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 five years. Last year's sold-out show raised a record-breaking $347,060 for the two organizations.
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.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.