Sunday, February 17, 2008

Topsy-Turvy Theater

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Oh, to be a New Yorker. Not only do they have Broadway at their feet, they also have access to such special events as Broadway Backwards. It makes the rest of us theater geeks the world over green with envy.

BW², an annual charity concert to benefit NYC's LGBT Community Center, features a cast of stage faves singing show tune classics ... with a twist (or is that "a little bent"?). See, the guys sing songs normally sung by the dolls, and vice versa. And it doesn't stop there, as the whole thing is presented from a gay perspective (my favorite kind); for example, the beefy boys pictured above belted out that girl-talk standard "I'm Going to Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair" from South Pacific ... and didn't change a word.

Other highlights (some of which you can see here and here courtesy of from this year's event (hosted by the sassy Seth Rudetsky): Lainie Kazan pining for "The Gal That Got Away" from A Star is Born, Cheyenne Jackson and Anthony Rapp getting all swooney to Little Shop of Horrors' "Suddenly Seymour", Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid herself) turning the tables with "Kiss the Girl" and -- what I'm sure must have been the showstopper of the evening -- real-life couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka dueting on the lesbian break-up anthem from Rent, "Take Me or Leave Me" ... and yes, David substitutes "pookie" (as in "kiss, pookie") with "Doogie".

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