Tony Award nominees Norm Lewis (Phantom of the Opera, Porgy and Bess) and Chad Kimball (Memphis, Into the Woods) will join BIV founder/Tony Award nominee Michael McElroy (Big River), The Broadway Inspirational Voices and a star studded lineup including Tony Award-winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, Shuffle Along), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton, Rent, The Color Purple), Two-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry (The Scottsboro Boys, Violet, Porgy and Bess), Marcus Paul James (Motown, Rent, The Wiz – LIVE”), Adam Pascal (Rent), Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Telly Leung (Allegiance) and Jarrod Spector (Beautiful), 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. Music direction is by JAMES SAMPLINER (Prince of Broadway, Honeymoon in Vegas).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.”
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