Gospel-based Michael McElroy and the Broadway Inspirational Voices joins the Sheen Center in a series of concerts celebrating an array of musical genres and highlighting the talents of individual members. All culminating in a live premier presentation of their newest YouTube music series "Broadway Our Way."
All shows curated and hosted by Michael McElroy
Crystal Monee Hall and Marcus Paul James - Gospel
Monday, May 1 @ 7:30pm
Crystal Monée Hall's music is a prophetic fusion of folk, gospel, regional blues and soul. After playing numerous roles in the Broadway and National Touring companies of the Tony Award-winning musical, RENT, Crystal released her debut album, River Train, in 2012 and followed with an EP, "Three Days In Nashville” in 2013. Known internationally as the front woman of the Mickey Hart Band, led by Grateful Dead drumming legend, Mickey Hart, she has an as yet untitled EP set for release this year. In January, Billboard.com premiered her first single, a cover of Lauryn Hill's "Just Like Water". Her second single, "Lost Boys", is a call to action for all the love-soldiers, and reminder that we can use our knowledge as power to walk forward together.
Marcus Paul James, Actor, Singer/Songwriter - seen in Broadway’s MOTOWN: The Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony award-winning In The Heights, and Jonathan Larson's Tony award winning RENT. TV/Film include Collateral Beauty, "RENT: Filmed Live", and "The WIZ Live". A native New Yorker with albums available on iTunes and CDbaby, including his newest single "Romancipation Day". For more info visit marcuspauljames.com
Michael McElroy and Capathia Jenkins - Broadway
Monday, May 8 @ 7:30pm
As a performer, Michael McElroy’s credits include: Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George (2017 revival), Next to Normal, RENT, The Wild Party, Big River (Tony nomination 2004, Drama Desk nomination) The Who's Tommy, Miss Saigon, Patti LuPone on Broadway, High Roller Social Pleasure Club. Sunday In the Park With George, HAIR (Encores). New York Philharmonic: Candide. National Tour: Next to Normal, Rent, Big River (LA Ovation nomination), SARAFINA. Off-Broadway: Some Men (Second Stage Theater), BLUE (Roundabout), Violet (Original Cast, Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk Nomination), Thunder Knocking on the Door (Minetta Lane), Richard III (NYSF) Regional: Broadway 3 Generations (Kennedy Center), Big River (Fords Theater Helen Hayes Award 2006), Fences (Riverside), Angels In America: I&II (Alley Theater), BLUE (Pasadena Playhouse L.A. Ovation Nomination), Dreamgirls (Pittsburgh Playhouse). Featured on such CDs as BLUE, The Who’s Tommy, The Wild Party, Violet, Dream True. As a Vocal Arranger, and Musial Director, Michael’s arrangements have been featured on Broadway in Disaster this season and Street Corner Symphony, Off-Broadway in Our Lady of Kibeho at Signature Theater and Three Mo’ Tenors at the Little Shubert Theater. Film: Rent Live on Broadway, Romance and Cigarettes, Stonewall, Television: "The Wiz Live" (Background Vocals), "Cantebury Law", "Love Monkey", "All My Children", "Spin City", "Michael Jackson Concert", 2002 Grammy's. Michael McElroy is the Founder/Musical Director and Arranger for Broadway Inspirational Voices(BIV) a multi-racial gospel choir composed of Broadway performers from such shows as: Aladdin, Book of Mormon, Hamilton, The Color Purple, The Lion King, Kinky Boots, Fun Home and On Your Feet. Broadway Inspirational Voices has recorded 3 Albums: Great Joy II: Around the World (2016), GRACE (DMP Records) and GREAT JOY! (Sh-K-Boom Records) and is featured on the The Wiz Live CD. Michael received a a Grammy nomination in 2004 for his arrangement of Joy To The World on Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas. In October 2016, BIV released their second holiday CD: Great Joy II: Around the World available on CD baby, iTunes and on their website at www.broadwayinspirationalvoices.org. BIV has performed with such greats as Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Harry Connick Jr., Jason Mraz, Sting, Elton John, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, Clay Aiken and Heather Headley. Michael is Associate Chair of Professional Training in the Department of Drama as well as Head of Vocal Performance in the New Studio on Broadway in Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Capathia Jenkins is a Brooklyn-born and raised, actress and singer who starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, creating the role of Harriet Jackson. Starring in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’. A proud accomplishment, still available on the original cast recording. Her performances, in the Bacharach/David Broadway hit The Look of Love, won her critical acclaim. Under the direction of George C. Wolfe, Ms. Jenkins created the role of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change. As ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short-Fame Becomes Me, where she sang ‘Stop the Show’, Capathia brought the house down. Every night. In 2007, her relationship with Broadway secured, she starred in the Off-Broadway production of (mis) Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She was also a proud member of the cast of Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. An active concert artist, Ms. Jenkins has appeared with orchestras around the world including the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestra’s. Her Symphonic appearances also include the Houston, Atlanta, Seattle, Utah, San Antonio, Memphis, Nashville, Toledo, Colorado, San Diego, Toronto, Kansas City, Edmonton, The National Symphony and The Pittsburgh Symphony (with Marvin Hamlisch). Capathia’s international credits include The Calgary and The Hong Kong Philharmonic, along with a solo performance at the Festival Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. In 2011 Capathia had the great honor of performing in the ‘Broadway Ambassadors to Cuba’ concert as part of the Festival De Teatro De La Habana. Ms. Jenkins was a guest soloist with Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, with John Morris Russell and The Cincinnati Pops and Steven Reineke and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Her Television credits include "The Wiz Live" on NBC, "30 Rock", "The Practice", "Law & Order SVU", "The Sopranos" and "Law & Order". She can be seen in the film Musical Chairs directed by Susan Seidelman. She can be heard on the following film soundtracks: Nine, Chicago and Legally Blonde 2.
Celisse Henderson and Eliseo Roman - Folk
Monday, May 15 @ 7:30pm
Celisse Henderson was born into a bed of music, reared by professional musicians and music teachers. As a child, Henderson would defy her mother, the choir director at their church in Oakland, and toddle up to the front of the congregation right up to the microphone. Despite the elder Henderson’s efforts, baby Celisse held on tight. And the pastor simply said, “let the baby sing.” Celisse is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, performer and spoken word artist. Her deep and varied career has seen her on stage, from the recent revival of Godspell at Circle in the Square Theater and the Broadway national tour of Wicked to Bridget Everett’s Rock Bottom at The Public Theater. On television, Celisse has appeared on PBS’s "The Electric Company", "30 Rock", "Rescue Me", "The Big C", "White Collar" and more. She has also appeared countless times in concert with artists ranging from, most recently, Melissa Etheridge and PHISH and Mariah Carey to Bernstein’s MASS at Carnegie Hall and the various concerts of Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens and Bill Finn. “Celisse plays with such joy, such sincerity, and such emotional presence that you have no choice but to leave the show feeling inspired and uplifted. She's a rare talent and what she does on stage has to be experienced to be believed,” said Megan Hilty. With her prolific variety of work, it’s her prodigious talents as a singer-songwriter and musician that have defined Celisse the most as an artist. Her original music, powered by her soulful voice, is hard-rocking and blues-tinged with infectious hooks that stay with you. Songwriter Matt Cusson has said, “the way she connects with the crowd, writes these brilliant songs and interprets them, and soulfully shreds on guitar is a talent I'm not sure I've ever seen. Not to mention she has one of the best voices I've ever heard. When she sings, I lose my mind.” A deft multi-instrumentalist, Celisse’s talents don’t end with vocals and guitar. Trained on violin at the age of two, she also plays piano, ukulele, bass, drums and varieties of percussion and brass. Oft-collaborator, Breedlove said, “she has power and control in her vocals which make witnessing her live performances akin to watching a top athlete compete. She competes against no one. Her creative athleticism is executed for our enjoyment alone, and it is true bliss to be her spectator.”
Eliseo Roman Broadway: On Your Feet (Jose Fajardo); Leap of Faith (Angel); In the Heights (Piragua Guy); Hair (Actors Fund). Off-Broadway: Pirates of Penzance (Delacorte), In the Heights (DRAMA DESK AWARD); Godspell (York); A New Brain (Lincoln Center). Regional: Zorro, The New Musical (Garcia) Alliance Theatre, Little Miss Sunshine (Buddy Garcia), La Jolla Playhouse. Workshops/Readings: The CHER Project (Moore/Elice); Prince of Egypt (Stephen/Scott Schwartz); Havana (Wildhorn/Trujillo), Nightingale (Sheik/Sater), Little Miss Sunshine (Lapine/Finn), Leap of Faith (Hackford/Menken). Film: Preaching to the Choir and Across the Universe. Eliseo has sung in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Centerand Feinstein’s. He's also performed with Sting, Jason Mraz, Vanessa Williams, Sir Elton John and Mariah Carey to name a few. Eliseo is Proud member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices.
Broadway Our Way - Ensemble presentation of Broadway Inspirational Voices’s newest YouTube music series
Monday, May 22 @ 7:30pm
Marva Hicks & Clarke Thorell - Jazz: A High Standard
Monday, January 23 @ 7:30pm
Lisa Lynne Mathis and Chris Dilley - Inspirational
Monday, January 30 @ 7:30pm