More stars have been added to the roster of performers set for Broadway Backwards, which, as previously announced, will take place March 24 at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Newly announced cast members include Tony nominee Norm Lewis (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), Tony winner Roger Rees (The Winslow Boy), Tony winner Julie White (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), and Rachel York (Encores! Little Me).
Also joining the lineup are Andy Kelso, who recently stepped into the starring role of Charlie Price in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots; Jose Llana, who returns to The Public Theater next month to reprise his role in Here Lies Love; and Kyle Dean Massey, who takes over the title role in Broadway's Pippin next month. Julie White will cohost the event with Bebe Wood, who starred in TV's The New Normal and made her debut in the wildly popular theatrical Web series Submissions Only.
Broadway Backwards is an annual benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The event is a celebration where gays and lesbians see their stories told through the great songs of musical theatre, sung by their favorite Broadway performers.
Previously announced performers include Tony nominee Michael Berresse (A Chorus Line), Tony winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Tony winner Debra Monk (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Ken Page (Ain't Misbehavin'), Tony winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), Tony nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q), Bryan Batt (La Cage aux Folles), Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd), Robin De Jesús (La Cage aux Folles), Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening), Cass Morgan (The Bridges of Madison County), Patricia Morison (The King and I), Krysta Rodriguez (First Date), and Tony Yazbeck (Encores!'s Little Me).
Also set to perform are the men of the hit Web series Submissions Only, including cocreator Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies), Stephen Bienskie (Cats), Colin Hanlon (Rent), and Max von Essen (Evita).
Broadway Backwards creator Robert Bartley will direct and choreograph, with additional choreography by Amy Jones and Melissa Rae. Mary-Mitchell Campbell will serve as music supervisor with Tim Rosser as music director.
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