At Broadway Backwards 2017, Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Jay Armstrong Johnson came together in a giddy, delightful duet of “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” from The Sound of Music. The pair gleefully gallivanted across the stage as a confident Johnson wooed the naive, innocent Keenan-Bolger through a charmingly updated romp through the classic.

The 12th Annual Broadway Backwards on March, 13, 2017, where men sing songs intended for women and vice versa without changing pronouns, shattered fundraising records, bringing in an impressive $522,870 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS unites theatre artists with theatre lovers to help those in need.

The money we raise together goes to more than 450 social service agencies in all 50 states to fund lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency financial assistance for those living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awards grants to more than 450 social service agencies in all 50 states helping those living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. It’s also the largest single financial supporter of the social service programs of The Actors Fund, helping everyone in entertainment and the performing arts.

Broadway Cares hosts two six-week-long fundraising campaigns across the country every year, one leading up to the Easter Bonnet Competition in April and the other leading up to the Gypsy of the Year competition in December. Broadway Cares also produces annual fundraising events in New York City, including Broadway Backwards, Broadway Bares and the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction.


  1. So in case no one knows the backstory, I'm not completely sure but I think it is that Andrew wanted to go back into the club but Jay said no and then started singing about how he's too young and it's a scary world. Really cute! Also if this isn't the actual backstory can someone reply saying the real one cause this is just what I was able to make from it.

  2. This is so cute but does anyone at 2:47 notice Andrew is subtly flipping off Jay? Also, that kiss got him way more excited (😉)and happy than anything, it's adorable.

  3. My little gay heart just got bigger. :,)
    (-Oh jeez not heathers-)

  4. When you think too much and realize a gay "Sixteen going on Seventeen" wouldn't work because Rolf is fusshgcking nazi

  5. Andrew plays a very straight guy in Tuck Everlasting and I died when I saw him here… (he's also 17 in the play) I FUCKING DIED

  6. I genuinely get really annoyed at this video and it’s honestly amazing but every single time I have to have an inner debate on if Andrew naturally lands from the box to the ground a second after Jay or if it’s meant to be part of choreography

  7. Everyone else: this is so cool I love it!
    Me in the corner: whispers gayyy…

  8. These guys physically look like they would be great as Holmes and Watson in a Sherlock musical

  9. third time watching
    Me: Is that crutchie from newsies?
    after watching the video
    Me: Yea

  10. so nobody is gonna mention how perfect andrews "to o o o w ri ii tt eee o oooonnnnnnn" was

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