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Telly Leung, Billy Porter, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Joshua Henry, Marcus Paul James, Adam Pascal, Eden Espinosa, and Jarrod Spector Join INSPIRATIONAL BROADWAY Concert Lineup on Feb. 15

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With hits from Broadway shows like RentSunday in the Park with GeorgeVioletOklahoma! and Memphis, Tony Award-winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (Porgy and Bess), Marcus Paul James (“The Wiz – LIVE”), and now Adam Pascal (Rent), Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Telly Leung (Allegiance) and Jarrod Spector (Beautiful) will join BIV founder / Tony Award nominee Michael McElroy (Big River) and The Broadway Inspirational Voices to celebrate the soul of Broadway and BIV’s mission to give “hope, inspire, and change” lives with the universal power of inspirational music. The INSPIRATIONAL BROADWAY  concert- an evening of Broadway, R&B, Gospel, and Pop classics featuring Broadway’s brightest lights and an ensemble of uplifting voices is at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on February 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM).

The music will be performed with the signature soul and innovative musical arrangements of the Grammy-nominated Broadway Inspirational Voices. This event will help benefit the BIV Outreach Program. Tickets begin at $30, and can be purchased here.

This event is presented by Marathon Live Entertainment (Mike Karns), Telly Leung Productions and R/J Productions (Rich Aronstein).

MICHAEL McELROY Founder/director, Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV), a multiracial gospel choir. Broadway: Big River (Tony nomination), Rent, The Wild Party, The Who’s Tommy, Miss Saigon, Patty LuPone…Broadway, High Rollers…, Hair. National: Sarafina. Off-Broadway: Blue, Violet, Thunder, Knocking…Door, Richard III. Regional: Fences, Angels in America I and II. Television: “All My Children,” “Spin City,” “Michael Jackson Concert,” and the 2002 Grammy Awards.

BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICES (BIV) is a diverse choir of Broadway artists united to change lives through the power of music and service. BIV’s mission consists of providing HOPE to INSPIRE and TRANSFORM youth in need through music and the arts. The company was founded by Michael McElroy in 1994 as the Broadway Gospel Choir and in 1999 reincarnated to its current name. In addition to numerous concerts, the Grammy nominated choir has performed with award-winning artists such as Mariah Carey, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Sting, Elton John,Vanessa Williams, Heather Headley and Billy Porter. BIV has been featured on “Late Night withDavid Letterman,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Christmas Special,” multiple Tony Awards telecasts, “Smash” and “America’s Got Talent.”

EDEN ESPINOSA is most recognized for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked. Other musical theater accomplishments include originating the title character in Brooklyn The Musical from the original workshop through its Broadway run, and playing Maureen in the closing company of Rent, the final performance of which was filmed live for Sony.

RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY Broadway: Hamilton, Good People, The Color Purple, Rent, The Lion King. Off-Broadway: Hamilton (Lortel and Drama Desk Awards), As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Love’s Labour’s Lost. Select TV: “The Good Wife,” “The Following,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Masters of Sex,” “Younger,” “OLTL.” Select film: Sisters, Every Secret Thing, Rent: Live on Broadway, All About You.

JOSHUA HENRY Broadway: Violet (Tony nomination), The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nomination), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, American Idiot, In the Heights (Drama Desk winner), Bring It On: The Musical. TV: “Army Wives,” “Kings.” Regional: Violet, The Cotton Club Parade, The Wiz, Being Alive. Film: Sex and the City, Winter’s Tale. Solo concerts: This Is the Love, Soul Weakness.

TELLY LEUNG Broadway / National Tour: Allegiance (Sammy Kimura), Godspell, Rent (final Broadway company), Wicked (Boq, original Chicago company), Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song. Television: Glee (Wes, Dalton Academy Warblers), “Deadbeat,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” PBS’s “Broadway or Bust” (documentary series). Telly has released two solo albums on the Yellow Sound Label: I’ll Cover You and Songs for You – both available at iTunes and Amazon – and has played to sold-out rooms all over the world, including Joe’s Pub, Birdland, 54 Below, San Francisco’s Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Tokyo’s La Donna, and London’s Hippodrome.www.tellyleung.com

MARCUS PAUL JAMES Television: “The Wiz – LIVE.” Broadway: Motown the Musical, In the Heights, Rent. Off Broadway: Rent. Film: Rent: Live on Broadway. Albums: Meant To Be.

ADAM PASCAL became part of theatrical history by creating the role of Roger Davis in Rent, earning a Best Actor Tony Award nomination and reprising his performance in the 2005 movie adaptation. Pascal has since juggled a career as a concert and recording artist with leading roles on Broadway in Aida (Radames), Cabaret (Emcee) and Memphis (Huey Calhoun). This Spring, Adam stars in Disaster! A New Musical on Broadway opening March 6th.

BILLY PORTER Broadway: Kinky Boots (Tony Award), Miss Saigon, Five Guys…, Grease, Smokey Joe’s…, Dreamgirls. Off-Broadway/regional: Angels in America, The Merchant of Venice, Radiant Baby, Birdie Blue, Songs for a New World, Ghetto Superstar (one-man show), Topdog/Underdog, King Lear, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler. Film/TV: The Broken Hearts Club, Noel, “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Law & Order,” “The Big C.” Recording: Untitled, At the Corner of Broadway & Soul.

JARROD SPECTOR enjoyed a childhood career as Gavroche in Les Miserables before heading to Princeton. He spent six years playing Four Seasons frontman Frankie Valli in Broadway’s Jersey Boys and currently stars as legendary songwriter Barry Mann (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'”) in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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