Broadway Backwards Names Celebrity Performers- Stephanie J. Block in the Line-Up

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stephanie j. blockAcademy Award winner and four-time Tony Award nominees Estelle Parsons, two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye and two-time Emmy Award winning comedian Bruce Vilanch will be featured at the eighth annual edition of Broadway Backwards.

The one-night only performance will be held on Monday, March 18 at 8 PM at Broadway Palace Theatre. Broadway Backwards is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

This year’s Broadway Backwards also will include performances by Tony nominees Daniel Breaker, Anita Gillette,and Tony Sheldon, Drama Desk Award winners Jose Llana and Jim Brochu, Ward Billeisen, Stephanie J. Block, Tituss Burgess, Robert Creighton and Kyle Dean Massey. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I’m so grateful that each year, by attending Broadway Backwards, more people support these two incredible causes that bring hope and support to so many every single day,” said Robert Bartley, the show’s creator. “It’s hard to believe it all started so simply eight years ago. We merely wanted to reinterpret some of the great songs of musical theatre in a way that would be meaningful for a gay and lesbian audience. And this year, we’re doing that on the stage of the historic and fabulous Palace Theatre. That’s a dream!”

Bartley will again direct and choreograph. Amy Jones serves as co-choreographer.

Tickets are available exclusively at broadwaycares.org or by calling 212.840.0770, ext. 268. Prices start at $75.

VIP tickets include premium seats and a special post-show party with the cast.  A limited number of “Backstage & Beyond” ticket packages also are available, which include the opportunity to see the dress rehearsal, exclusive backstage access, a “meet and greet” with some of the stars of Broadway Backwards, premium seats for the show and more.

Broadway Backwards is an annual celebration where gays and lesbians see their stories told through the great songs of musical theatre, sung by their favorite Broadway performers. Broadway Backwards began as a grassroots concert performed at the Center in 2006. In subsequent years, the event grew quickly, performing Off-Broadway, then on Broadway for the last four years.