A host of Broadway favorites have lined up for the 14th edition of Broadway Backwards, which is set to take place at the New Amsterdam Theatre March 11 at 8 PM.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS produces the annual fundraiser that features a cavalcade of Broadway stars performing gender-bending twists on classic and contemporary musical theatre songs. The evening benefits Broadway Cares and New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.
Newly added to the lineup are Emmy winner Darren Criss (Hedwig and the Andry Inch, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story), Tony nominee Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), Teal Wicks (The Cher Show), Tony winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal), Tony winner Rosemary Harris (currently on Broadway in My Fair Lady), Lea DeLaria (Orange Is the New Black), Alexandra Silber (Fiddler on the Roof), Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet!), and Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (Smokey Joe's Cafe).
They join the previously announced Clyde Alves (On The Town), Tony winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd), Lilli Cooper (SpongeBob SquarePants, Tootsie), Tony winner Gavin Creel (Waitress, Hello, Dolly!), Tony nominee Ariana DeBose (Summer, Hamilton), Nathan Lee Graham (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Robyn Hurder (Moulin Rouge!), Tony winner Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen, Pippin), Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom), Caissie Levy (Frozen), Isabelle McCalla (The Prom), Tony winner Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line), Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels), Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago), two-time Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Boys in the Band, The Book of Mormon), Tony nominee Jarrod Spector (The Cher Show), Academy Award and Tony nominee Kathleen Turner, and the Grammy Award-nominated Broadway Inspirational Voices.
Come From Away Tony nominee Jenn Colella will host. Creator Robert Bartley will again direct the evening, with music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and musical direction by Ted Arthur and Christopher D. Littlefield. 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.
Tickets are available at BroadwayCares.org. Prices start at $85. VIP tickets include premium seats and a special post-show cocktail reception with the cast.