Video: Watch Jordan Fisher and John McGinty Perform Powerful Version of Dreamgirls' 'Listen' at Broadway Backwards | Playbill

Video Video: Watch Jordan Fisher and John McGinty Perform Powerful Version of Dreamgirls' 'Listen' at Broadway Backwards

The March 11 concert evening benefited Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

Broadway Backwards, the annual benefit concert celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community via songs from the musical theatre, returned to Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre, current home of Disney's Aladdin, March 11.

In the excerpt from the evening above, John McGinty plays a Deaf college student confronting his mother about her many insensitivities. As McGinty signs “Listen"—penned for the film version of DreamgirlsHadestown's Jordan Fisher sings the powerful Henry Krieger-Scott Cutler-Samantha Worley-Anne Preven anthem. Daniel Marmion and Morgana Shaw play McGinty’s parents.

The show raised a record-breaking $917,651 to benefit Broadway Cares and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. Included in that tally was a check from presenting sponsor City National Bank, which was represented by Senior Vice President Erik Piecuch, who shared a $100,000 check with Broadway Backwards creator Robert Bartley. The 2024 total bested the record set last year by more than $152,000. The one-night-only, annual event was produced by Broadway Cares.

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The evening featured more than 100 performers, including Shoshana Bean (Hell’s Kitchen), Julie Benko (Harmony), Jonathan Bennett (Spamalot), Todd Buonopane (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Tituss Burgess (Moulin Rouge! The Musical), Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (My Fair Lady), Tony winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd), Bradley Dean (Here We Are), Darius de Haas (Shuffle Along), Robin de Jesús (The Boys in the Band), Fisher (Hadestown), Joshua Henry (Into the Woods), Arielle Jacobs (Here Lies Love), Casey Likes (Back to the Future: The Musical), McGinty (King Lear), Shoba Narayan (Aladdin), Tony winner Alex Newell (Shucked), Courtney Reed (Moulin Rouge! The Musical), Jelani Remy (Back to the Future: The Musical), Tony winner Lillias White (Hadestown), Constance Wu (Little Shop of Horrors), Tony Yazbeck (Flying Over Sunset), Chip Zien (Harmony), and the Grammy-nominated Broadway Inspirational Voices, plus Joe Chisholm, Daniel Marmion, Nicholas Park, Morgana Shaw, and Jamison Stern.

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The artists were backed by a 13-piece orchestra. Check out photos from the event below.

Photos: Broadway Backwards 2024

Creator Bartley returned to direct and choreograph the show, joined by music supervisors Ted Arthur and Mary-Mitchell Campbell, music director Michael Gacetta, associate music directors Nicholas Connors and Nick Wilders, and choreographers and associate directors Skye Mattox and Adam Roberts. ARC’s Mark Brandon and Jarrett Reiche were the casting consultants, Christopher Tester was the director of American Sign Language, and E. Sara Barnes was the production stage manager.

The evening also featured lighting design by Carolyn Wong, sound design by Maria Renee Foucher, and prop design by Jenna Snyder and Alexander Wylie. Costume designers were Kitty Cassetti, Jess Gersz, Vanessa Leuck, Natalie Loveland, Tyler Carlton Williams, and Nicole Zausmer.

What began as a small, grassroots concert performed at The Center in 2006 has grown into a highly anticipated event. In its 17 editions, Broadway Backwards has raised more than $7.9 million for Broadway Cares and The Center.

Broadway Cares 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 theater community, since 1988 Broadway Cares has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.


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