On June 17th, The Transport Group presented SWEET CHARITY in concert, celebrating the 1966 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields, Bob Fosse, and Gwen Verdon musical with Broadway performances of song and dance accompanied by a live 23-piece orchestra.
The Verdon Fosse Legacy contributed two reconstructed works for the performance: “Big Spender” (reconstructed by Dana Moore) and “If My Friends Could See Me Now” (reconstructed by Mimi Quillin.
The ladies of “Big Spender” (L to R: Alyssa Epstein, Danelle Morgan, Christine Sienicki, Anna Schnaitter, Kenna Morris Garcia, Lauren Blackman, Naomi Kakuk, Emily Grace Kersey, Kaylee Olson, and Caitlin Abraham)
Jessica Lee Goldyn backstage before “If My Friends Could See Me Now”
Musical direction by Joey Chancey.
Directed by Jack Cummings III.
Hosted by Dana Moore and Mimi Quillin.
Mimi Quillin (who served as dance captain and assistant to Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon for the 1986 Broadway revival of SWEET CHARITY) reconstructed “If My Friends Could See Me Now” for Broadway Backwards last Monday. The 13th annual edition of the show, which celebrates the LGBTQ community through gender-reversed renditions of beloved showtunes, raised an incredible $680,273 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. The show was produced by Broadway Cares.
Jay Armstrong Johnson and Mimi Quillin in rehearsal
Jay Armstrong Johnson in the arms of John Glover
Jay Armstrong Johnson
“When On the Town’s Jay Armstrong Johnson unexpectedly found himself in the apartment of Tony Award winner John Glover, Johnson excitedly launched into “If My Friends Could See Me Now” from Sweet Charity. Johnson impressively performed the original, iconic Bob Fosse choreography, recreated for Johnson by Mimi Quillin.”—BC/EFA
For more information on Broadway Backwards and all of the wonderful events and programs of BC/EFA, visit www.broadwaycares.org.
*Photos by Johnathan Tichler