Our Story

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

The company was founded by Michael McElroy in 1994 as the Broadway Gospel Choir and in 1999 reincarnated to its current name. In 2010, BIV became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission consists of providing HOPE to INSPIRE and TRANSFORM youth in need through music and the arts.

In addition to numerous concerts, the Grammy nominated choir has performed with award winning artists such as Mariah Carey, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, STING, Elton John, Vanessa Williams, Heather Headley, Billy Porter. BIV has been featured on The David Letterman Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Christmas Special, multiple Tony Awards Telecast, Smash and America’s Got Talent.

Broadway Inspirational Voices' first album Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas was released on Sh-K-Boom Records and received a Grammy Award nomination. The choir just released their second holiday Christmas CD, Great Joy II: Around the World

 

Our MEmbers

Broadway Inspirational Voices is an ensemble made of actors and musicians from Broadway and Off‐Broadway Shows. 

Our members have been in (or are currently performing in) the following shows: 

  • 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • A Chorus Line (1975)
  • A Little Night Music
  • A Night With Janis Joplin
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • A Wonderful Life
  • After Midnight
  • Aida
  • Ain't Misbehavin
  • Aladdin
  • All Shook Up
  • American Idiot
  • Amour
  • Annie (2012)
  • Avenue Q
  • Baby it's You
  • Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme
  • Bells are Ringing
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Book of Mormon
  • Brooklyn
  • Buddy:The Buddy Holly Story
  • Candide
  • Caroline or Change
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Chess ( Actors Fund)
  • Chicago
  • Children and Art
  • Company
  • Cymbeline
  • Cyrano
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Donnesbury
  • Doubt
  • Dr. Zhivago
  • Dream
  • Dreamgirls
  • Elf
  • Everyday Rapture
  • Evita
  • Footloose
  • Funny Girl (Actors Fund)
  • Gem of the Ocean
  • Godspell (2011)
  • Good People
  • Good Vibrations
  • Hair (2009)
  • Hair (actors fund)
  • Hairspray
  • Hamilton
  • Hand on a Hard Body
  • Holler if Ya Hear Me
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • In the Heights
  • Into the Woods
  • It Ain't Nothing But The Blues
  • It Should Have Been You
  • Jane Eyre
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Jersey Boys
  • King David
  • Kiss Me Kate
  • La Cage Aux Folles
  • Les Misérables ( 1987, 2006)
  • Leap of Faith
  • Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
  • Little Me
  • Little Shop of Horrors (2003)
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Man of La Mancha
  • Marie Christine
  • Mary Poppins
  • Memphis
  • Miss Saigon
  • Motown- the Musical
  • Million Dollar Quartet
  • Next to Normal
  • Oh, Kay
  • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
  • On the Town (2014)
  • On Your Feet (2015)
  • Parade
  • Play On!
  • Priscilla
  • Promises, Promises
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • Ragtime (1998)
  • Rent
  • Ring of Fire
  • Riverdance on Broadway
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Scandalous
  • Showboat (1994)
  • Shrek: The Musical
  • Side Show (1997)
  • Sinatra...His Way
  • Smokey Joes Cafe
  • Spamalot
  • Something Rotten
  • Sondheim on Sondheim
  • Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark
  • Starmites
  • Steel Pier
  • Street Corner Symphony
  • Story of My Life
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Tarzan
  • The Appletree
  • The Color Purple
  • The Dead (James Joyce)
  • The Gershwins Fascinating Rhythm
  • The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
  • The Full Monty
  • The Last Ship
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Pajama Game (2006)
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Pirate Queen
  • The Producers
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Scottsboro Boys
  • The Sound of Music
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • The Wedding Singer
  • The Who's Tomy
  • They're Playing Our Song
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Titanic
  • Tommy Tune Tonight
  • The Wild Party
  • The Wiz
  • Uptown, It's Hot Tonight
  • Violet
  • Wonderful Town (2003)
  • Wicked

Our FOUNDER

Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV) was founded in 1994 by TONY nominee, actor, singer and director, Michael McElroy.

After first being under the banner of Broadway Gospel Choir, it took on the current name in 1999. The choir quickly became the place where Mr. McElroy could express his unique arrangements of known and unknown songs (in and out of the American gospel and theatre songbooks), which soon became a sound that would be clamored for around the world.

In 2005, Michael along with writing partners, Joseph Joubert and Buryl Red, garnered a nomination for a Grammy Award for their work on Broadway Inspirational Voices’ holiday CD Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas.

Michael’s arrangements have been performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., The Crystal Cathedral in Anaheim, California as well as churches around the country.

Michael holds a B.F.A. in Drama from Carnegie Mellon. Michael is Associate Arts Professor and Head of Vocal Performance in the New Studio on Broadway and Associate Chair of Professional Training in the Department of Drama at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

As a performer, Michael’s credits include: Broadway: Next to NormalRentThe Wild PartyBig River (TONY nomination 2004, Drama Desk nomination), The Who’s TommyMiss SaigonPatti LuPone on BroadwayHigh Roller Social Pleasure ClubHair (Encores). New York Philharmonic: Candide. National Tour: RentBig River (LA Ovation nomination), Sarafina. Off‐Broadway: Some Men (Second Stage Theater), BLUE (Roundabout), Violet (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk Nomination), Thunder Knocking on the Door (Minetta Lane), and Richard III (NYSF).

 

Our PRESIDENT

Mrs. Phylicia Rashad is President of the Broadway Inspirational Voices Board.

 An award‐winning actress, singer and stage director, she is probably best known for her role as “Clair Huxtable” on the long‐running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show.

Phylicia has been a devoted fan and leader performing with the choir for many years.

A Broadway veteran herself, Rashad became the first African American actress to win the TONY Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, which she won for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun.

 

Our BOARD 

 

Chairperson of the Board:  Phylicia Rashad

President and Director: Michael McElroy

Co-Vice Presidents: Antonia Gianino‐Hoekstra and Eliseo Roman

Directors: Beth Fletcher (Fletcher Consulting), Kristy Geslain, David Korins, Di Ana Pisarri, Greg Shamie, Cynthia Vance and Schele Williams-Kleinburger

Treasurer: Mary Devine (RRD Accounting)

Secretary: Angela DeCicco