Cynthia Erivo, Queen Regnant of Broadway, Snatcher of Wigs has slain us again! Erivo took the stage at Broadway Backwards, an annual concert that brings Broadway’s stars together for a night of gender-bending performances, in solidarity with LGBT community.
At this year’s concert, Erivo ended the evening with a gospel-infused version of Ragtime’s “Make Them Hear You,” leading the Broadway Backwards ensemble with the same passion we remember from her days at The Color Purple.
Ariana DeBose, joined by Megan Sikora, performed “It’s De-Lovely” from Anything Goes. Having appeared in five Broadway shows, DeBose has gone from ensemble member in Bring It On and Hamilton to lead in A Bronx Tale. The triple threat brought her charm and musicality to the Broadway Backwards performance, with her irresistible smile and killer choreography leaving the crowd swooning in her wake.
Other performers included Clyde Alves, Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, The Phantom of the Opera), Josh Groban (The Great Comet of 1812), and Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd).
Creator Robert Bartley wrote, directed, and choreographed this year’s show, with additional choreography by Penny Ayn Maas, Christopher Rice, and Adam Roberts.
Broadway Backwards has raised money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for more than a decade. Previous concerts have featured performances by Brian Stokes Mitchell, Titus Burgess, Norm Lewis, and Billy Porter, raising as much as $480,287 for the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year, the concert brought in a whopping $522,870! This event is just one of the many annual fundraisers; upcoming events include Easter Bonnet Competition and Broadway Bares.
Find out more about the events here!