Broadway Advocacy Coalition's Broadway VS, celebrating Tony-nominated stage veterans Norm Lewis and Joshua Henry, raised $130K for the organization at their second annual Broadway VS event which took place June 20.
In Playbill's conversation with Christian Dante White, the BAC co-founder and Broadway VS producer shared that the organization's goal for the event was $100,000. The funds go towards supporting the next generation of leaders of color on and off Broadway in partnership with Cody Renard Richard as well as the organization's REP workshop, Change Agent Trainings, and a Theater of Change course taught at Columbia Law School.
The event was hosted by Amber Iman and featured a conversation between the two Tony nominees in addition to performances of songs from their stage careers. It occurred both in-person and via a livestream broadcast.
Lewis' stage credits include Chicken and Biscuits, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, The Little Mermaid, Amour, The Wild Party, Chicago, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Sondheim on Sondheim, Once on This Island, Side Show, and portraying the title character in the Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Barrow Street Theatre. In 2014, he made history as the first African American Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
The actor recently starred in Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods and FX's Pose. Other screen credits include Women of The Movement (also starring Adrienne Warren), Apple TV's animated series Central Park, and NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!, alongside John Legend, Tony nominee Sara Bareilles, and Alice Cooper.
Henry is currently in Apple TV's See and previously starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Netflix adaptation of tick, tick...BOOM! His stage credits include Violet, Carousel, Waitress, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, The Scottsboro Boys, American Idiot, In the Heights, Bring It On The Musical, Off-Broadway's The Wrong Man at MCC Theatre, Hamilton in Los Angeles, and he will soon be seen in the Broadway transfer of New York City Center's Into the Woods.