Raisin's Rashad to Host Inspirational Voices Benefit with McElroy, Porter, Espinosa and Lenox

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Phylicia Rashad, who is currently starring in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun at the Royale Theatre, will host the May 10 Broadway Inspirational Voices benefit concert.

Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad

Entitled Songs for the Spirit: A Night of Gospel, Jazz and the Blues, the 7 PM concert will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The evening will feature the vocal talents of Broadway Inspirational Voices founder Michael McElroy; Miss Saigon's Billy Porter; Eden Espinosa, who currently understudies the role of Wicked's Elphaba; Caroline, Or Change's Adriane Lenox; Hairspray's Clarke Thorell and Shayna Steele; and Titanic's Bertilla Baker.

The Broadway Inspirational Voices — the gospel ensemble featuring actors from Broadway and Off-Broadway shows — was founded by its current director, Big River's Michael McElroy. The group's most recent recording, "Great Joy! A Gospel Christmas," features the 50-member choir and is available on the Sh-K-Boom Records label. For more information visit www.broadwayinspirationalvoices.com.

The May 10 evening, which includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and the concert, will be held at Rootstein Mannequins at 250 West 19th Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Tickets, priced at $150, are available by calling (212) 691-9668.

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