Chad Kimball, the Tony Award-nominated Broadway star of Memphis and more, will join some of the theater’s biggest names one night only for Inspirational Broadway, a dynamic and soulful evening of music. The concert features Broadway, Gospel, Pop, and Rock classics done with a stirring and spiritual twist, including musical arrangements by BIV founder and Tony Award-nominee Michael McElroy. Join Tony-winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Tony-nominee Joshua Henry (Violet), Telly Leung (Allegiance), Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Jarrod Spector (Beautiful), Adam Pascal (Rent), Marcus Paul James (Motown), and select members of the Grammy-nominated Broadway Inspirational Voices as they lift their voices to benefit BIV’s Outreach Programs providing inspiration and music to youth in need and children in underserved communities. Music direction is by James Sampliner (Prince of Broadway, Honeymoon in Vegas). The concert takes place at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on February 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM). Tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.bbkingblues.com.
With hits from Broadway shows like Rent, Sunday in the Park with George, Violet, Oklahoma! and Memphis, the show celebrates the soul of Broadway and BIV’s mission to give “hope, inspire, and change” lives with the universal power of inspirational music. 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 with David Letterman,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Christmas Special,” multiple Tony Awards telecasts, “Smash” and “America’s Got Talent.”
Chad Kimball originated the role of Huey Calhoun in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Memphis (The Shubert), earning him a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical as well as nominations for the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor. Mr. Kimball was also seen on Broadway as John Lennon in Lennon (The Broadhurst). He donned the guise of Milky-White in the Broadway revival of Into the Woods (also at the Broadhurst) with Vanessa Williams. Other Broadway credits include The Civil War (The St. James) and Good Vibrations (The Eugene O’Neill). Off-Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow (Irish Repertory Theatre), My Life With Albertine (Playwrights Horizons) Godspell (York Theatre) and Murder in the First (The Director’s Company). Regional theatre includes Sweeney Todd (Signature Theatre), Baby (Papermill Playhouse), Chess in concert and Little Fish (The Blank) and Come From Away (La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre), among others. Mr. Kimball won a Bistro Award for his solo concert, which he reprised at Joe’s Pub. He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory.
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.