Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

STAGE TUBE: Jay Armstrong Johnson Performs Swanky 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' at BROADWAY BACKWARDS

At the 2016 edition of BROADWAY BACKWARDS, Jay Armstrong Johnson let his inner Marilyn Monroe fly in a glittery rendition of "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" from GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. Click below to watch the full performance!

The number also featured Dave August, Thomas Bevan, Ward Billeisen, Joshua Buscher-West, Alicia Charles, Seth Danner, Mallory Davis, Alexa De Barr, Karli Dinardo, Callie Gullickson, Kourtni Lind, Colby Lindeman, Mary Page Nance, Emily Palmquist, Waldemar Quinones-Villaneuva and Christopher Rice.

The sold-out audience at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre was dazzled Monday, March 21, 2016, by this year's stirring edition of BROADWAY BACKWARDS. The annual celebration, where men sing songs originally written for women and vice versa offering this audience the chance to see LGBT stories told through the great songs of musical theatre, set a new fundraising record. The evening raised an incredible $480,287 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.

Tony Award winner Julie White, a longtime friend of Broadway Cares, handled hosting duties with her characteristic wit and warmth. The evening featured 18 delightful numbers, including memorable performances by Broadway legend and two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera, Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple, Orange is the New Black), Jay Armstrong Johnson (On the Town, TV's Quantico), Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly (Finding Neverland), Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck (Finding Neverland) and more.

Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS, this year's edition of BROADWAY BACKWARDS featured an immensely talented 67-person cast and a live onstage orchestra, conducted by music director Tim Rosser.

BROADWAY BACKWARDS Creator Robert Bartley wrote and directed this year's show, with choreography by Bartley,Al Blackstone, David Bushman, JoAnn M. Hunter and Roberts. Mary-Mitchell Campbell served as music supervisor. The creative team included lighting designer Paul Miller, costume designer Matthew J. Kilgore and sound designer Matt Kraus. Chris De Camillis served as production stage manager.





BroadwayWorld Shop
Shop BroadwayWorld

Shop this season's new musicals! Get dressed up for a night at the theatre, or just a night at home, with merch from some of Broadway's biggest hits including SOME LIKE IT HOT, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, and more!

Start Shopping



Related Stories
Broadway Cares NYCRUNS Spring Fling 5K and 10K Set For March 25 Photo
Hear the beat of dancing - and running - feet. Theater artists and theater lovers will trade dance shoes for running sneakers Saturday, March 25, 2023, on New York City's Governors Island for the NYCRUNS Spring Fling 5K & 10K benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Photo Exclusive: The Cast of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Sings Carols For A Cure Photo
The holiday season is not complete without the perfect music to accompany it. After a two year Pandemic Pause 'Broadway's Carols for a Cure 2022' is back with the 22nd recording that embodies the spirit of the season like nothing else can.

Billy Porter Joins Broadway Legends Holiday Ornament Collection Photo
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has released the newest addition to its Broadway Legends ornament series, the Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning icon Billy Porter.

BC/EFA To Auction Limited Edition Autographed Al Hirschfeld Prints Photo
Twenty one limited-edition prints of acclaimed caricature artist Al Hirschfeld – signed by the iconic stage and screen stars featured in the image – are being auctioned online to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, in partnership with Heritage Auctions, the largest collectibles auctioneer in the world.


More Hot Stories For You


VIDEO: Stephanie J. Block Sings 'As If We Never Said Goodbye' at the Kennedy CenterVIDEO: Stephanie J. Block Sings 'As If We Never Said Goodbye' at the Kennedy Center
February 4, 2023

Watch Stephanie J. Block perform 'As If We Never Said Goodbye' in the Kennedy Center Broadway Center Stage production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Sunset Boulevard. 

VIDEO: Eric Einhorn Discussing the Production of HANSEL & GRETELVIDEO: Eric Einhorn Discussing the Production of HANSEL & GRETEL
February 3, 2023

Based on the beloved fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, HANSEL AND GRETEL gets a whimsical makeover in this popular production. Watch director Eric Einhorn bringing this production to life on stage.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At CLYDE'S at Berkeley Repertory TheatreVIDEO: Get A First Look At CLYDE'S at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
February 3, 2023

Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of Lynn Nottage's Tony Award-nominated play, Clyde's is now on stage, performing at Berkeley Rep's Peet's Theatre through Sunday, February 26, 2023. Get a first look at the production.

VODE: Get A First Look At Marriott Theatre's With BIG FISH, The MusicalVODE: Get A First Look At Marriott Theatre's With BIG FISH, The Musical
February 3, 2023

The Marriott Theatre's 2023 season launches with the family-friendly musical adventure, BIG FISH, now on stage through March 19, 2023. Get a first look at the production.

VIDEO: Hale Center Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAIDVIDEO: Hale Center Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID
January 27, 2023

Get a first look at Hale Center Theatre's incredible production of The Little Mermaid, on stage through January 28th.