WATCH: Gender-flip 'Broadway Backwards' Celebrates LGBTs

By: Brandon Voss
3.25.2013

Sometimes boys will be girls and girls will be boys — especially on Broadway.

Described as an "annual celebration where gays and lesbians see their stories told through the great songs of musical theatre" by stars of stage and screen, Broadway Backwards is also just a fun opportunity for guys to perform songs traditionally sung by women, and for female performers to sing tunes originally written for men.

The sold-out eighth annual Broadway Backwards concert was held recently at New York's Palace Theatre. Gender-bending highlights included Howie Michael Smith singing "Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm" from How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Brian Stokes Mitchell taking on the Gershwins' "The Man I Love"; Josh Young demanding "Bring on the Men" from Jekyll & Hyde; Bruce Vilanch comparing lives with Malcolm Gets in "The Grass Is Always Greener" from Woman of the Year; Tituss Burgess belting "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls; and Kyle Dean Massey and Robert Creighton reinventing A Little Night Music's "A Weekend in the Country" with an all-male ensemble.

Directed and choreographed by creator Robert Bartley, Broadway Backwards benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and NYC's LGBT Community Center. This year's event raised a record-breaking $347,060.

Read Playbill's Broadway Backwards coverage here, and check out new video highlights from the event below.

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