The Broadway Advocacy Coalition presented a Broadway VS musical event November 17.
The evening, live streamed from Shubert Studios at New World Stages, celebrated the careers of Tony winners André De Shields (Hadestown) and Lillias White (The Life). The Broadway favorites offered tunes from their stage and screen careers and also chatted about their lives.
Hosted by Amber Iman (Shuffle Along…), the celebration, inspired by the Verzuz cultural sensation, raised funds to support the next generation of BIPOC leadership within the theatre industry through the Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program, as well as BAC’s other initiatives to support and empower artist activists.
The event was sponsored in part by The Shubert Organization and produced by the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. Richard, Zhailon Levingston, Christian Dante White, and Robb Nanus served as executive producers.
The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program was established to honor, uplift, and support the next generation of BIPOC theatre makers working behind the scenes. The program will provide financial support and mentorship through online seminars focusing on community building, leadership, and social justice from Richard and leaders from the theatrical industry.
Founded in 2016 by members of the Broadway community as a direct response to the nation's pandemic of racism and police brutality, the Broadway Advocacy Coalition is a multidisciplinary organization which unites artists, legal experts, and community leaders to create lasting impact on policy issues from criminal justice reform to education equity to immigration.