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Darren Criss, Lea DeLaria, Alice Ripley, and More Join Lineup of BROADWAY BACKWARDS


Darren Criss, Lea DeLaria, Alice Ripley, and More Join Lineup of BROADWAY BACKWARDS

Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Darren Criss (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, TV's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Lea DeLaria (TV's Orange is the New Black), Tony Award winner Rosemary Harris (My Fair Lady), Tony nominee Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (Smokey Joe's Cafe), Tony winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof), Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet!) and Teal Wicks (The Cher Show) have been added to the star-studded lineup of Broadway Backwards, the annual celebration of show tunes, love and the LGBTQ community.

The Monday, March 11, event is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefits Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.

These additions join the previously announced lineup of Broadway's best: Clyde Alves (On The Town), Tony winner Len Cariou (TV's Blue Bloods, Sweeney Todd), Lilli Cooper (Tootsie), Tony winner Gavin Creel (Waitress, Hello, Dolly!), Tony nominee Ariana DeBose (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Nathan Lee Graham (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Robyn Hurder (Moulin Rouge), Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom), Caissie Levy (Frozen), Isabelle McCalla (The Prom), Tony winner Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line), Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels), two-time Emmy Award and Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago), two-time Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Boys in the Band and TV's Girls and Black Monday), Tony nominee Jarrod Spector (The Cher Show), Academy Award and Tony nominee Kathleen Turner and the Grammy Award-nominated Broadway Inspirational Voices. The show is hosted by Tony nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away). Performers are subject to change.

Broadway Backwards (#broadwaybackwards) features the great songs of musical theatre with a twist: men sing songs originally intended for women, and vice versa. The show, which includes a cast of more than 90 performers and a 13-piece live orchestra, starts at 8 pm at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC), home to Disney's Aladdin.

Only a limited number of tickets remain available. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 212.840.0770, ext. 229.

VIP tickets include premium seats and a special post-show cocktail reception with the cast. The "Backstage & Beyond" ticket package includes 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.

Creator Robert Bartley will return to direct the show. He will be joined by Mary-Mitchell Campbell as music supervisor and Ted Arthur and Christopher D. Littlefield as music directors, with Jeff Brancato as production stage manager. The show will be choreographed by Bartley and Robbie Roby, with additional musical numbers staged by Paul McGill, Mimi Quillin, Stephen Reed and Tony Yazbeck.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / WM Photos

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