UPDATE: Broadway Backwards Concert Adds Tony Winners Len Cariou, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Karen Ziemba to Its Lineup of Performers
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will produce the 8th annual benefit famous for its gender-blind casting.
UPDATE: The Broadway Backwards benefit concert has added Tony Award winners Len Cariou, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Karen Ziemba to its roster. Cariou, currently appearing as Henry Reagan on the CBS Television series, Blue Bloods, is best known for originating the role of Sweeney Todd in the Stephen Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Brian Stokes Mitchell has been one of the leading baritones on Broadway for over two decades, performing in shows such as Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate, and Ragtime. Karen Ziemba's most notable Broadway credits include Curtains, Steel Pier, and Never Gonna Dance.
January 10, 2013 - Tickets went on sale today for this year's Broadway Backwards concert, where, in proper LGBT fashion, leading men sing songs that were written for women and Broadway's leading women sing songs that were written for men. This annual event benefiting Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, is scheduled for the Palace Theater on March 18 at 8pm.
Broadway Backwards began in 2006 as a grassroots concert performed at the LGBT Community Center, and grew into a much larger event performed on Broadway. Last year's benefit raised $329 thousand, with a roster of Broadway performers that boasted a collective 3 Tony Awards and 13 Tony nominations. Creator Robert Bartley will direct and choreograph with Amy Jones as co-choreographer. The show's gender-bending performers will be announced later this month.