Bonnie Milligan, Beth Leavel, F. Murray Abraham, More Join Broadway Backwards 2023


Bonnie Milligan, Beth Leavel, and F. Murray Abraham

Dan Meyer
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March 2, 2023 12:12 PM

Talk about a starry night! A new slate of Broadway favorites have joined the lineup at Broadway Backwards, including Kimberly Akimbo star Bonnie Milligan, Tony winner Beth Leavel, and The White Lotus scene-stealer (and Amadeus Oscar winner) F. Murray Abraham. The LGBTQ+ charity event will take place March 13 at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

The full lineup of stars features George Abud, Philippe Arroyo, Corbin Bleu, Wayne Brady, Len Cariou, Bradley Dean, Dormeshia, Eden Espinosa, Robbie Fairchild, Barrett Foa, Adrianna Hicks, Robyn Hurder, Jeigh Madjus, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Chris McCarrell, Samantha Pauly, Anthony Rapp, Turner Riley, Lea Salonga, Kyle Scatliffe, A.J. Shively, Alexandra Silber, Ali Stroker, Paulo Szot, and Paul C. Vogt.

In addition, Jenn Colella will return for the third year to host the in-person event. Of note, this year’s concert includes performers from every new Broadway show this season that’s currently open: & Juliet; A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical; Kimberly Akimbo; and Some Like It Hot. The show features fully staged production numbers and a live 13-piece orchestra. It is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefits Broadway Cares and New York City’s LGBT Community Center.

Last year, Broadway Backwards returned to its home at the New Amsterdam Theatre after the pandemic shutdown paused the live, in-person event for two years. The standing-room-only return raised a record $758,582, besting the previous record set by 2021’s virtual edition. The benefit began as a grassroots concert performed at The Center in 2006.

Broadway Backwards creator Robert Bartley returns to direct again this year. Bartley, Lauren Gemelli, Robyn Hurder, Mimi Quillin, Adam Roberts, Luis Salgado, and Tony Yazbeck are the show’s choreographers. The music supervisors are Ted Arthur and Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and Jeff Brancato serves as the production stage manager. 

In addition, the evening will feature lighting design by Nyle Farmer, sound design by Maria Renee Foucher, and prop design by Jenna Snyder and Alexander Wylie. The costume designers are Tyler Carlton Williams, Jess Gersz, and Nicole Zausmer; Binder Casting’s Mark Brandon and Chad Eric Murnane are the casting consultants. 

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.