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BC/EFA & The Center Announce Participants for BROADWAY BACKWARDS 6

BROADWAY BACKWARDS 6

ANNOUNCES CELEBRITY PERFORMERS

AIKEN, CUMMING, MIRANDA, MONK AND O’HARE

AMONG THOSE SET TO APPEAR

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7 AT 8:00 P.M.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (the Center) announced today that BROADWAY BACKWARDS 6, the only Broadway event custom-made for the gay and lesbian community, its friends and families, will feature “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken (Spamalot) and Tony winners Alan Cumming (Cabaret and CBS’s “The Good Wife”) and Denis O’Hare (Take Me Out and HBO’s “True Blood”).

 

The one-night-only event will be held Monday, February 7 at 8 PM at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street). BROADWAY BACKWARDS 6 is produced by BC/EFA and will benefit BC/EFA and the Center.

BROADWAY BACKWARDS 6 also will include Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid), Len Cariou (Tony winner for Sweeney Todd), Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family), Robin De Jesus (La Cage aux Folles), Jose Llana (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony winner for In the Heights), Debra Monk (Curtains), Bobby Steggert (Ragtime), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera) and Tony Yazbeck (Gypsy). Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

BROADWAY BACKWARDS will feature some of Broadway’s biggest names singing songs originally written for the opposite gender: women singing songs written for men and men singing songs written for women. By keeping all of the lyrics intact, including the original pronouns, each song takes on an entirely new dimension, sometimes with hysterical results and sometimes with immensely touching results. BROADWAY BACKWARDS will give its audience a chance to see and hear some of the most treasured songs of the Great White Way in a whole new key.

 

Creator Robert Bartley will again direct and choreograph with co-choreographer/associate director Kathryn Kendall and musical direction by Chris Haberl. The creative team also includes lighting designer Paul Miller, costume designer Philip Heckman and musical supervisor Patrick Vaccariello.

 

BROADWAY BACKWARDS began as a grassroots concert performed at the Center in 2006.  In subsequent years, the event grew quickly, performing Off-Broadway at 37 Arts, followed by Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre and last year at Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION:

Tickets are available now at www.broadwaycares.org or by calling 212-840-0770, ext. 268.

 

ABOUT BC/EFA

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 BC/EFA has raised over $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

 

BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic and more.

 

ABOUT THE CENTER

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center provides innovative social service, youth programs and activities, educational and cultural/recreational programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of all ages. Since its inception, the Center has been the only LGBT-identified resource delivering a continuum of substance abuse prevention and treatment services to LGBT communities in and around NYC. More than 3,000 clients use Center Counseling, Advocacy, Recovery and Education (Center CARE) annually, which offers low-cost/no cost professional counseling and social services for substance abuse prevention and related HIV/AIDS, mental health and gender identity issues. More than 1,000 adolescents participate in our LGBT youth prevention program, the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Program. In September 2007 the Center opened Center CARE Recovery, the first and only licensed outpatient substance abuse treatment program for LGBT communities in New York State.

 

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BC/EFA’s “Broadway Backwards 6” will play the Longacre Theatre on Monday, February 7, 2011

BROADWAY BACKWARDS 6 

PRODUCED BY BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

AND BENEFITING BC/EFA & THE CENTER

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7 AT 8 PM

BROADWAY’S LONGACRE THEATRE

TICKETS ON SALE TODAY: www.broadwaycares.org

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (the Center) are pleased to announce BROADWAY BACKWARDS 6, a one-night-only event, will be held Monday, February 7, 2011 at 8 PM at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street). BROADWAY BACKWARDS 6 is produced by BC/EFA and will benefit BC/EFA and the Center.

Never underestimate the power of a pronoun! BROADWAY BACKWARDS is the only annual Broadway event custom-made for the gay and lesbian community, their friends and family and will feature some of Broadway’s biggest names singing songs originally written for the opposite gender: women singing songs written for men and men singing songs written for women. By keeping all of the lyrics intact, including the original pronouns, each song takes on an entirely new dimension, sometimes with hysterical results and sometimes with immensely touching results. BROADWAY BACKWARDS will give its audience a chance to see and hear some of the most treasured songs of the Great White Way in a whole new key.

Creator Robert Bartley will again direct and choreograph with musical direction by Chris Haberl. Last year’s sold out show featured dazzling performances from an impressive line-up of stars boasting four Tony Awards and 20 Tony Award nominations. Continue reading

BC/EFA’s “Gypsy of the Year” Competition Raises $3,776,720

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS’

22ND ANNUAL

GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

RAISES $3,776,720

The 22nd Annual GYPSY OF THE YEAR Competition raised $3,776,720 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, thanks to the tireless work of 63 participating Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies, it was announced Tuesday. Since 1989, the 22 editions of GYPSY OF THE YEAR have raised a total of $44,137,415 to benefit BC/EFA.

This year’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR also marked the return to the New York stage of three-time Tony Award-winner Carol Channing, who was featured in the show’s opening number, a tribute to the legendary star’s many appearances on Broadway over the last 70 years. After being serenaded by a chorus of male dancers, many from the 1995 revival of Hello, Dolly!, Channing sang two of her most-beloved songs, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “Hello, Dolly.”

GYPSY OF THE YEAR is the culmination of six weeks of intensive fundraising where the theater community’s most talented “gypsies,” chorus members from Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring shows, join in a competition/variety show. Continue reading

NYC’s Best Shows to be Featured on NBC New York Nonstop Giving Telethon

THE 39 STEPS, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC,

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS, & JERSEY BOYS

TO BE FEATURED ON NBC NEW YORK NONSTOP GIVING TELETHON

TOMORROW DECEMBER 2

NEW YORK THEATRE SPECIAL TO AIR THROUGH OUT THE DAY

ON NBC NEW YORK NONSTOP TIME WARNER CHANNEL 161

THE 39 STEPS, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, and JERSEY BOYS, and will all be featured tomorrow as part of the first annual NBC New York Nonstop Giving Telethon. The New York Theatre special will air tomorrow, December 2 at 7 AM, 10:30 AM, 5 PM, and 10:30 PM, on NBC New York Nonstop (Time Warner Cable, channel 161). For listings on other cable system’s CLICK HERE. Continue reading

BC/EFA’s Gypsy of the Year Competition Announces Celebrity Presenters, Judges, Participants

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS’

22ND ANNUAL

GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

ANNOUNCES

CELEBRITY PRESENTERS, JUDGES, PARTICIPANTS

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 4:30 PM & TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 2 PM

AT THE NEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE (214 W. 42nd Street)

PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present the 22nd Annual GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION on Monday, December 6 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 7 (2 PM) at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W. 42nd Street). The proceeds from the event, a dazzling once-a-year variety show filled with lavish musical numbers, original skits and Broadway stars, will benefit BC/EFA.

This year’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR will be hosted by Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky (“Seth’s Big Fat Broadway” on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio).

As previously announced, the opening number will feature the legendary Carol Channing performing some of her most beloved songs. The number will be staged by choreographers Melissa Rae Mahon and Sean McKnight with musical direction by Ben Cohn, special lyrics by Rob Krausz and costumes by Brian Hemesath.

This year’s judges include Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley (Next to Normal); Alison Fraser (The Divine Sister); Boyd Gaines (Driving Miss Daisy); Bebe Neuwirth (The Addams Family); Eve Plumb (Miss Abigail’s Guide…); Patricia White (President, Local 764 – Theatrical Wardrobe Union); and Nick Wyman (President of Actors’ Equity).

This year’s celebrity presenters include Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Cherry Jones (Mrs. Warren’s Profession), T.R. Knight (A Life in the Theatre), Judith Light (Lombardi), Bernadette Peters (A Little Night Music), David Hyde Pierce (La Bête), Billy Porter (Angels in America), Colin Quinn (Colin Quinn Long Story Short) and Elizabeth Stanley (Million Dollar Quartet).

Shows scheduled to present include: The Addams Family; Billy Elliot; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Chicago; Fela; In The Heights; the national tour of Jersey Boys; La Cage aux Folles; The Lion King; Mamma Mia; Mary Poppins; the national tour of Mary Poppins; My Big Gay Italian Wedding; Promises, Promises; Rock of Ages; Wicked; and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

There also will be a special presentation by choreographer Shea Sullivan in tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Gypsy Robe, a Broadway tradition passed on opening nights from musical-to-musical honoring each show’s chorus member with the most Broadway credits.

Described as “possibly the season’s most dazzling talent show,” the GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION, the all-singing, all-dancing, all-dishing extravaganza, is easily the biggest party in town! Organizers of the event are expecting performers from Broadway and Off-Broadway’s biggest and most lavish productions.

THE GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION is the culmination of six weeks of fundraising when shows on and Off-Broadway engage in a friendly competition to see which show can raise the most money for the organization.  Awards are presented to the companies that raise the most money and for the winning presentation.

TO BUY TICKETS TO GYPSY OF THE YEAR: VIP and Priority tickets ($350 and $200) and other tickets ($110/$40/$20) can be purchased online at www.broadwaycares.org, in person at BC/EFA (165 West 46th Street, Suite 1300), by phone at 212-840-0770, or at the door the day of the event.

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 BC/EFA has raised over $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic and more.

THE GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION is sponsored by:

Continental Airlines, the official airline of BC/EFA, and The New York Times

Carol Channing to Perform in BC/EFA’s Gypsy of the Year Competition

CAROL CHANNING

TO PERFORM IN OPENING NUMBER OF

BROADWAY CARES/ EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS’

22ND ANNUAL GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 4:30 PM & TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 2 PM

AT THE NEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE (214 West 42nd Street)

Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS is pleased to announce that the legendary Carol Channing will perform in the opening number of the 22ND ANNUAL GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION. Tickets are on sale now for this year’s GYPSY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION which will be held on Monday, December 6 (4:30 PM) and Tuesday, December 7 (2 PM) at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street). Continue reading

Broadway’s “It Gets Better” Video

BROADWAY CARES/ EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS, BROADWAY.COM, & BROADWAY IMPACT

PRESENT

BROADWAY’S “IT GETS BETTER” VIDEO


CLICK ABOVE TO SEE VIDEO CREATED BY SUSAN BLACKWELL, HUNTER BELL, & MATT VOGEL, FEATURING OVER 60 ACTORS, WRITERS, DIRECTORS, & OTHER NOTABLE NEW YORK THEATRE PROFESSIONALS SHARING THEIR STORIES

BC/EFA MAKES $25,000 DONATION TO THE TREVOR PROJECT

IN THE NAME OF THE BROADWAY COMMUNITY

Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway.com, and Broadway Impact present Broadway’s “It Gets Better” video featuring 63 members of the New York theatrical community speaking to LGBTQ youth.

The video is part of the It Gets Better Project, which was founded by noted writer Dan Savage in response to LGBTQ teenagers who in recent months have taken their own lives after being bullied in school. The project is a video archive where people can share their stories of overcoming bullying and finding happiness and letting young people know “It Gets Better.”

To see the video, which includes actors, writers, directors, producers, designers, technicians, and other notable members of the New York theatre community, CLICK HERE or visit: www.youtube.com/BroadwayItGetsBetter. The video can also be seen at BroadwayCares.org, Broadway.com, BroadwayImpact.org, and TheTrevorProject.org.

In a joint statement, Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell and Matt Vogel, the video’s creators, said, “Inspired by Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project and the videos created by our Broadway colleagues, we were moved to rally additional members of the New York theatrical community to add their voices to this crusade.  Our intent with this video is to provide young people with a message of hope and support, and to encourage adults to not only support these organizations financially, but to consistently set an example by teaching acceptance, kindness and respect and intervening when homophobia, bigotry and bullying occurs. We are proud to stand up with the Broadway community, who has once again demonstrated that when there is a crisis, it will show up and channel its voice, creative energy and money toward positive change and inspiring activism.”

In addition, BC/EFA has made a $25,000 donation to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in the name of the Broadway community. To make a personal donation to The Trevor Project CLICK HERE, or visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.

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