Bean, Mitchell, Cerveris, Gregory to Sing in Benefit for Broadway Inspirational Voices; Mitchell to Host
09 Sep 2009
Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will host a fundraiser concert for Broadway Inspirational Voices, the diverse troupe of performers who celebrate American song with an emphasis on gospel, on Oct. 12 in Manhattan.
Performers for the 8 PM show, called A Closer Look: A Night With BIV and Friends, will include Shoshana Bean, Michael Cerveris, Tituss Burgess, Norm Lewis, Lisa Lynne Mathis, Crystal Monee Hall, Marva Hicks, Eliseo Roman, The Broadway Boys, Chester Gregory, Nathan Lee Graham, Jeanette Bayardelle and — of course — The Broadway Inspirational Voices.
The performance location will be Rootstein Display Mannequins at 205 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.
VIP tickets are $100 and include cocktail-hour mingling with performers from 7-8 PM. Show-only admission is $50. Standing room tickets are $35. Tickets are available at smarttix.com or at the door.
Schele Williams Kleinberger will direct A Closer Look.
The not-for-profit Broadway Inspirational Voices was originally founded by actor Michael McElroy (Big River, Rent) in 1994 as the Broadway Gospel Choir. The group was reincarnated into its current form in 1999 as The Broadway Inspirational Voices. The Broadway Inspirational Voices' second album, "Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas," was released on Sh-K-Boom Records in 2003 and received a Grammy Award nomination.
BIV's mission "is to bring people of all races and religious backgrounds together to explore and perform traditional American Musical art forms with an emphasis on Gospel music."
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