Monday night (March 13) at New York’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre -- currently the home of Kinky Boots -- love trumped hate (and Trump) at the 12th annual Broadway Backwards, an evening in which Broadway stars perform gender-reversed musical theater numbers.
Throughout the election year, the Broadway community has been consistently vocal, and this night was no different: the show started with audio of Trump quotes, including the president's promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Then host Julie White took the stage, screaming, "What? F--k!" But she continued, "It's okay because we're here together and we've got each other and we've got each other's backs. Tomorrow we will fight, but tonight we're going to sing and dance."
Those words and a glittery tap number led by Clyde Alves — "Tap Your Troubles Away" from Mack & Mabel — set the tone for a mostly joyous, gender-bending celebration benefiting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year's event ended up raising a combined $522,870 for the programs.