This gender-bending night of music and entertainment isn’t at all like your grandma’s typical theater show.
Broadway Twisted, a one-night only fundraiser in the form of gender-swapped Broadway songs, will be hosted Monday at Local 506 with performances by the cast of PlayMakers' "Assassins" and Durham's Manbites Dog Theater's "Spirits to Enforce." The proceeds from the night will be split between Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the North Carolina AIDS Action Network.
Nathaniel Claridad, UNC graduate student and director and co-producer of Broadway Twisted for the past two years, said the benefit was so popular and successful last year that they decided to do it again.
Claridad said some challenges arise in rehearsing and scheduling the show because it is one-night only.
“We’re rehearsing individuals who come together for a common cause for an evening,” he said. “Basically, they get one or two rehearsals, and we have one mic check the day of, and they’re right up on stage. It’s kind of like 'Saturday Night Live,' where there’s one rehearsal and then the show.”
Joseph Norton, director of education and outreach at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, said the benefit is a great way to support two organizations at one time.
“This is a special benefit that (the performers) are doing just as volunteers to raise money for these two organizations,” Norton said. “This is a really great way to raise awareness and to make a difference, but also just to have some fun.”
Broadway Cares has raised more than $250 million to date and provides grants to 450 AIDS and family organizations across the country, including supporting health programs for The Actors Fund.
“We support both people in the business and the general population, as well,” Norton said.