Broadway Backwards, the celebration of LGBTQ+ stories told through musical theatre songs, returned to an in-person event May 23 at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre. Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the evening saluted love in all its forms and benefited Broadway Cares and New York City’s LGBT Community Center.
Come From Away Tony nominee Jenn Colella hosted with performances by Tony winners Bernadette Peters, Len Cariou, Lena Hall, BD Wong, and Lillias White; 2022 Tony nominees Michael R. Jackson, Joaquina Kalukango, and Matt Doyle; as well as Veanne Cox, J. Harrison Ghee, Z Infante, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Norm Lewis, Bill Nolte, Ken Page, Eve Plumb, John Riddle, MiMi Scardulla, Alexandra Billings, Claybourne Elder, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Lauren Patten, George Salazar, Brandon Uranowitz, Mary Testa, and Broadway Inspirational Voices.
Watch four highlights from the evening, which raised over $750,000, below:
Joaquina Kalukango and Broadway Inspirational Voices in "Being Alive" from Company
Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Dominic Dorset, and Bill Nolte in "He Plays the Violin" from 1776
Matt Doyle in "Le Jazz Hot" from Victor/Victoria
J. Harrison Ghee, Z Infante, and Janelle Farias Sando in "Impossible" from Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other critical illnesses across the United States. Visit BroadwayCares.org.