Broadway Our Way LIVE: On an Island in the River

Little Island presents
Broadway Our Way LIVE: On an Island in the River

featuring
Founder & Artistic Director
Little Island Artist-in-Residence
Michael McElroy

and the Tony Award Honors for Excellence in Theatre Recipient
BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICES

Broadway Our Way LIVE: On an Island in the River is made possible in partnership with generous support from our friends at Little Island @Pier55


SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2021 PROGRAM


COME TO MY GARDEN
From: The Secret Garden
Music: Lucy Simon   Lyrics: Marsha Norman
Arrangement:  Ben Roseberry
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan


A WHOLE NEW WORLD
From:  Aladdin
Music: Alan Menken   Lyrics: Howard Ashman
Arrangement: Michael McElroy
Orchestrations: Michael McElroy & Isaac Harlan


AS LONG AS THERE IS LOVE
From:  Mrs. Doubtfire
Music and Lyrics:  Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Arrangement:  Adee David
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan


OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNIN’
Featuring Jennifer Nettles
From: Oklahoma!
Music: Richard Rodgers   Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Vocal Arrangement:  Michael McElroy
Piano Arrangement:  Joseph Joubert
Orchestration:  Alex Lacamoire


Do You Remember
Written By: Aneesa Folds
Performed by: Phylicia Rashad


PLAY
From: Finding Neverland
Music and Lyrics: Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy
Arrangement:  Michael McElroy
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan


JOURNEY TO THE PAST
From: Anastasia
Music:  Stephen Flaherty   Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
Arrangement: Michael McElroy
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan
Original Choreography: Dell Howlett
Re-Staged by: Hollie Wright


Spoken Word Piece #1
Written by: Daniel J. Watts
Performed by: Phylicia Rashad


BIG RIVER MEDLEY
From:  Big River
Music and Lyrics: Roger Miller
Arrangement:  Michael McElroy
Orchestrations:  Joseph Joubert


AMERICA
From: West Side Story
Music:  Leonard Bernstein   Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Arrangement:  Will Stone
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan


SIT DOWN, YOU’RE ROCKIN’ THE BOAT
Featuring: Jennifer Nettles
From: Guys and Dolls
Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser
Vocal Arrangement: Michael McElroy
Orchestration:  Alex Lacamoire


ON MY WAY
From: Violet
Music:  Jeanine Tesori   Lyrics: Brian Crawley
Arrangement:  Crystal Monee Hall


Spoken Word Piece #2
Written by: Daniel J. Watts
Performed by: Daniel J. Watts and Ayodele Casel


YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT
Featuring: Ayodele Casel and Daniel J. Watts
From: Hairspray
Music and Lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Arrangement: Michael McElroy
Orchestration:  Isaac Harlan
Choreography by: Ayodele Casel, Daniel J. Watts


ALL I’VE EVER KNOWN
Dancers: Garen Scribner & Lloyd Boyd
From: Hadestown
Music and Lyrics:  Anaïs Mitchell
Arrangement:  Michael McElroy
Orchestrations:  Joseph Joubert
Choreography: Mimi Scardulla


WHAT MORE DO I NEED?
From: Saturday Night
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Arrangement:  Allen René Louis
Orchestrations: Joseph Joubert


SUNDAY
From: Sunday in the Park with George
By: Stephen Sondheim
Rilting Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
All rights administered by WC Music Corp. Used by permission
Arrangement:  Michael McElroy, Billy Porter
Orchestration:  James Sampliner


ENCORE: DEFYING GRAVITY
From: Wicked
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
Arrangement:  Michael McElroy
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan
House Remix by: DJ A-Ball





SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2021 PROGRAM


COME TO MY GARDEN
From: The Secret Garden
Music: Lucy Simon   Lyrics: Marsha Norman
Arrangement:  Ben Roseberry
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan


A WHOLE NEW WORLD
From:  Aladdin
Music: Alan Menken   Lyrics: Howard Ashman
Arrangement: Michael McElroy
Orchestrations: Michael McElroy & Isaac Harlan


AS LONG AS THERE IS LOVE
From:  Mrs. Doubtfire
Music and Lyrics:  Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Arrangement:  Adee David
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan


Do You Remember
Written By: Aneesa Folds
Performed by: Phylicia Rashad


PLAY
From: Finding Neverland
Music and Lyrics: Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy
Arrangement:  Michael McElroy
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan


JOURNEY TO THE PAST
From: Anastasia
Music:  Stephen Flaherty   Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
Arrangement: Michael McElroy
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan
Original Choreography: Dell Howlett
Re-Staged by: Hollie Wright


Spoken Word Piece #1
Written by: Daniel J. Watts
Performed by: Phylicia Rashad


BIG RIVER MEDLEY
From:  Big River
Music and Lyrics:  Roger Miller
Arrangement:  Michael McElroy
Orchestrations:  Joseph Joubert


TIMES ARE HARD FOR DREAMERS
From: Amélie
Music: Daniel Messé   Lyrics: Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen
Arrangement:  Ben Roseberry
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan


AMERICA
From: West Side Story
Music: Leonard Bernstein   Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Arrangement:  Will Stone
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan


ON MY WAY
From: Violet
Music:  Jeanine Tesori Lyrics: Brian Crawley
Arrangement:  Crystal Monee Hall


GO THE DISTANCE
Featuring: Norm Lewis
From: Hercules
Music: Alan Menken   Lyrics: David Zippel
Arrangement and Orchestration:  Joseph Joubert


Spoken Word Piece #2
Written by: Daniel J. Watts
Performed by: Daniel J. Watts and Ayodele Casel


YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT
Featuring: Ayodele Casel and Daniel J. Watts
From: Hairspray
Music and Lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Arrangement:  Michael McElroy
Orchestration:  Isaac Harlan
Choreography by: Ayodele Casel, Daniel J. Watts


ALL I’VE EVER KNOWN
From: Hadestown
Music and Lyrics:  Anaïs Mitchell
Arrangement:  Michael McElroy
Orchestrations:  Joseph Joubert
Choreography: Mimi Scardulla
Dancers: Garen Scribner & Lloyd Boyd


WHAT MORE DO I NEED?
From: Saturday Night
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Arrangement:  Allen René Louis
Orchestrations: Joseph Joubert


SUNDAY
From: Sunday in the Park with George
By: Stephen Sondheim
Rilting Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
All rights administered by WC Music Corp. Used by permission
Arrangement:  Michael McElroy, Billy Porter
Orchestration:  James Sampliner


ENCORE: DEFYING GRAVITY
From: Wicked
Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
Arrangement:  Michael McElroy
Orchestrations:  Isaac Harlan
House Remix by: DJ A-Ball


ABOUT MICHAEL McELROY

Michael McElroy is Associate Arts Professor in the New Studio on Broadway Musical Theater Acting Studio in Undergraduate Drama at Tisch School of the Arts. Michael is also Director of Diversity Initiatives for the Undergraduate Drama Department. He teaches Vocal Performance. He received his BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon where he was just awarded the 2020 Alumni Achievement Award in December.

As an actor, Michael appeared on Broadway in: Sunday in the Park with George (2017 revival with Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford), Next To Normal, Rent (Closing Cast), The Wild Party, Big River (Tony Nomination Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Nomination Best Actor in a Musical), The Who's Tommy, Miss Saigon, Patti LuPone on Broadway, and High Roller Social Pleasure Club. New York Philharmonic: Candide. National Tour: Next to Normal, Rent, Big River, Sarafina. Off-Broadway: Some Men by Terrance McNally (Second Stage Theater), Blue (Roundabout), Violet (Original Cast, Playwrights Horizons, DramaDesk Nomination), Thunder Knocking on the Door (Minetta Lane), Richard III (NYSF starring Denzel Washington).

As a vocal arranger, Michael’s work has been heard in such Broadway shows as: Disaster! and Street Corner Symphony. Off-Broadway Michael’s arrangements have been heard in Our Lady of Kibeho by Katori Hall at the Signature Theater, Three Mo Tenors at the Little Shubert, and regionally in Man in the Ring by Michael Cristofer at the Huntington Theater Company in Boston. Michael is the Founder/Musical Director of Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV) www.bivoices.org. In 2019 Michael accepted the Tony Award Honor for Excellence in the Theater on behalf of BIV from the American Theater Wing. Michael was nominated for a Grammy in 2005 for his “Joy to the World” arrangement on BIV’s first holiday CD, “Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas”. Under Michael’s direction, BIV has performed with such greats as Mariah Carey, Patti LuPone, Gloria Estefan, Jenifer Nettles, Idina Menzel, Harry Connick Jr., Jason Mraz, Sting, Elton John, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, Clay Aiken, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, and Heather Headley. BIV has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and his works have been performed at The Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, Lincoln Center, Crystal Cathedral, as well as churches and concert halls around the world.

Michael is an Artist-in-Residence for the inaugural year of Little Island and a founding member of Black Theatre United, Music Theater Dance Professionals in the Academy, and MUSE (Musicians United for Social Equity). Michael sits on the board of National Youngarts Foundation and served as a panelist and Chair of the Theater panel for 7 years.

Michael is the Associate Chair of Professional Training at NYU/Tisch Department of Drama. He received the Martin Luther King Jr Faculty Award In 2021. Michael is also a YoungArts alum, has directed the New York and Miami Regional shows for Youngarts, The Presidential Scholars performance at the Kennedy Center and served as Chair of the Theater panel for Youngarts finals week.


MISSION STATEMENT

Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV) is a diverse, professional choir of Broadway artists, united to change lives through the power of music and service.

Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV), the 2019 Tony Award Honoree for Excellence in Theatre, was formed in 1994 by Tony-nominated Broadway performer Michael McElroy.  His vision was to bring inspiration to the Broadway community during a time when the AIDS epidemic had ravaged an entire generation of artists.  Over the past twenty-five years, BIV has served the Broadway community whenever needed.  During the choir’s first six years they annually held concerts to contribute to and support the work of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  Since then they have taken part in benefits for the Actor’s Fund, Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, BC/EFA, and numerous other fundraisers held on Broadway stages.  In 2007 BIV became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to make it easier to give back to the greater community in service to its mission.  Outreach programs are created for children in underserved populations, focusing on BIV’s mission to provide HOPE to INSPIRE and TRANSFORM youth in need through music and the arts.  Currently, BIV has annual programs with The Ronald McDonald House New York, Mosaic Preparatory School in Harlem, and the Covenant House in the heart of NYC’s theater district.  In performance, BIV has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Constitution Hall in DC, and the Crystal Cathedral in Anaheim, California.  In 2004, BIV was nominated for a Grammy Award for their first holiday CD:  Great Joy!  A Gospel Christmas.  BIV has performed live with Elton John, Mariah Carey, Jason Mraz, Sting, Gloria Estefan, Harry Connick Jr, Patti LuPone, Jennifer Nettles, Eartha Kitt, Patti LaBelle, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vanessa Williams, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter and Heather Headley.  BIV has been featured on “The Today Show”, “This Week” with John Oliver, The Miss America Pageant, multiple Tony™ Awards Telecasts, “America’s Got Talent”, and “Late Night” with David Letterman, among others.  Their web series, “Broadway Our Way”, is in its third season on YouTube.  Over eighty members strong, BIV’s diverse membership has represented over 140 Broadway shows since its inception.  For more information – and for ways to DONATE to support its ongoing outreach initiatives – go to www.BIVoices.org.  You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @BIVoices.


Guest Artists
Jennifer Nettles, Norm Lewis, Lloyd Boyd, Artist-in-Residence Ayodele Casel, Phylicia Rashad, Garen Scribner, Daniel J. Watts

Soprano:
LaDonna Burns, Patti Butler, Casey Erin Clark, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Laura Dean, Aneesa Folds, Tanesha Gary-Stickney, Kimberly JaJuan, Jennifer Malenke, Tasha Michelle, Kris Roberts, Nicole Sutherland, Anastasia Talley, Jenifer Thigpen, Anne Fraser Thomas, Robin S. Walker, Virginia Ann Woodruff

Alto:
Romelda Teron Benjamin, Ta'Rea Campbell, Danielle Chambers, Adee David, Eileen Kaden Dean, Angela DeCicco, Grace Field, Jennifer Fouché, Rosharra Francis, Lucia Giannetta, Danielle Lee Greaves, Andrea Green, Angela Grovey, Crystal Monee Hall, Candice Helfand-Rogers, Marva Hicks, Tracey Conyer Lee, Zonya Love, Terri O'Neill, Genny Lis Padilla, Tavia Rivée, Desiree Rodriguez, Cynthia Vance, Anita Welch

Tenor/Bass/Baritone:
Ben Chavez, Bradley Dean, Chris Dilley, Robert H. Fowler, Marcus Paul James, Darryl Jordan, Monroe Kent III, Allen René Louis, Jesse Nager, John Eric Parker, Elíseo Roman, Ben Roseberry, Michael Seelbach, Martin Solá, Will Stone, Christopher Zelno

Voiceovers: Steve French


THE BIV BAND

Piano/Synth: Isaac Harlan
Piano/Synth: Joseph Joubert
Drums: Joe Spinelli
Bass: Jerry DeVore
Guitar: Chris Parker
Woodwinds: Ansy Francois
Trombone: Jimmy O'Connell
Trumpet: John Walsh


CONCERT and CREATIVE STAFF

Artistic Director: Michael McElroy
Director: Schele Williams
Movement Direction: Jesse Nager, Dennis Stowe
Spoken Word: Aneesa Folds, Daniel J. Watts
Stage Managers: Brandon Allmon-Jackson, Brídin Clements
Sound Design: Patrick Pummill
Sound Team: Shannon Slaton
Wardrobe Design: John Eric Parker
Videographer: Benjamin Kanes
Video Crew: Ryan Elliott, Tom McCoy, Jamie Rose


SIGNERS/INTERPRETERS
Brandon Kazen-Maddox
Gregor Lopes


CHOIR STAFF & BOARD

Founder/Artistic Director: Michael McElroy
Associate Artistic Director: Allen René Louis
Music Department:
Ben Roseberry, Will Stone - Music Coordinators
Adee David, Jennifer Malenke, Anastasia Talley
Section Leaders: Danielle Chambers, Laura Dean, and Christopher Zelno
Membership Director: John Eric Parker
Membership Team: Danielle Chambers, Laura Dean, Michael Seelbach, Robin S. Walker, Christopher Zelno
Executive Director: Cynthia Vance
Director of Operations: Anna R. Kaltenbach
Outreach Programs Director: Angela Grovey
Director of External Communications: Marcus Paul James
Outreach Team: Danielle K. Thomas-Banks, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Zonya Love, Matthew Sims Jr., Tasha Michelle Smith
Development Associate/Board Liaison: Terri O’Neill
Development: C. Nana-Oye Addo-Yobo, Genius Projects Lab
Artist Management: Entertainment Creative Management - Kimberly JaJuan

BIV Board of Directors:
Phylicia Rashad - Chair Emeritus
Michael McElroy - Founder and Artistic Director
Cynthia Vance - Executive Director
Schele Williams - Co-Chairperson of the Board
Robert Acton - Co-Chairperson of the Board
Leslie Barrett - Vice Chair
Nili Birke Klenoff - Vice Chair
Kyetay Beckner - 2nd Vice Chair
Joseph Cerrone  - Treasurer
Dina Slawson - Secretary
Directors: John Eric Parker, Di Ana Pisarri, Greg Shamie, Dr. Danielle Taylor, M.D.


SPECIAL THANKS

Holly-Anne Devlin
Open Jar Studios and the Broadway Inclusion Project
Pier 59 Studios

Michelle Liu Coughlin, Clif Dorris, Jack Ford, Jessica Golden, Josiah Hixon, Kelly Letourneau, Victoria Lynn, Debbie McIntyre, Sherry McIntyre, Marissa Mitchell, Keirsten “Kai” Stanton, Sanah Tahiliani, Timothy Thompson, Katherine Winter, and the rest of our Volunteer family.

Our 2020 Season Supporters provided vital major support serving as a bedrock for BIV during the global pandemic: Disney Theatrical Productions/Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer; Iris Smith; Kathleen and Donald Gershuny; and Phylicia Rashad

The Founder’s Circle Legacy Leaders
The 2021 Board of Directors, Broadway Inspirational Voices:
Robert Acton, Leslie Barrett, Kyetay Beckner, Joseph Cerrone, Nili Birke Klenoff, John Eric Parker, Di Ana Pisarri, Greg Shamie, Dina Slawson, Dr. Danielle Taylor, M.D., Cynthia Vance, Schele Williams

Abrams and Snider Family
Dan’l and Andrew Almy
Benard L. Maas Foundation
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Kathleen and Donald Gershuny
Michael Goddard and Shane Hoffman
Lori Hotz and Arron Martin
Richard Martin
Lisa Lynne Mathis-Kirkpatrick
Sara Stoker
Rosemary and Kenneth Willman
The Founder’s Circle Tribute Leaders
Gift in Honor of Sarah C. Mills Okaikoi
Adrian Bailey
Donna Lynne Champlin
Tim Croneberger
Sylvia Elman
Ilana Kameros
Edmund LeFevre
Theresa Piliero
Wendy Stengel
Meg Zervoulis
The Founder’s Circle Champions
Gisela Adisa
Anita Daniels
Wilhelmina Eaken
Meredith Lee
The Picken Family
Tara Rubin