The ninth annual Broadway Backwards event, held on Monday, March 24, at the Al Hirshfeld Theatre (home to Broadway's Kinky Boots) raised a record-breaking $423,182 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The amount surpassed last year's record-breaking total of $347,060.
Broadway Backwards has become an annual theatrical celebration where Broadway's best take on numbers typically reserved for members of the opposite gender. This year's event was cohosted by Tony Award winner Julie White (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) and young actress Bebe Wood (The New Normal).
The show featured performances by a 51-member cast of Broadway stars including Tony nominee Jonathan Groff (HBO's Looking, Frozen), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Tony winner Beth Leavel (Elf), Tony nominee Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess), Tony winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), and more. Also in attendance was Patricia Morison (the original Kate in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate), who just celebrated her 99th birthday.