Getting to Know the Tony Award Nominees: Michael McElroy

Photo Credit:    Broadway World

Photo Credit: Broadway World

The 2019 Tony Awards are approaching fast, and Broadway World is shining a spotlight on Tony Honor Recipient Michael McElroy and the Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Michael McElroy, best known for The Who's Tommy, Rent, Big River, Violet, and many more, is being honored for Excellence in Theater for Broadway Inspirational Voices.

McElroy told Broadway World, "This is our 25th anniversary year and we have been here in the theatre community, supporting the theatre community, trying to be an inspiration through the music, outreach, reaching out into the community to make sure there's music for the next generation of artists. To be acknowledged by the American Theatre Wing in this way... I have literally not stopped crying since I found out. Just tears of joy!"

Take a look at his Michael’s interview with Broadway World HERE.

Michael McElroy, BIV to join Jennifer Nettles in Lincoln Center Concert

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Michael McElroy and the Broadway Inspirational Voices are pleased to be joining Jennifer Nettles at A Night of Country Under The City Lights presented by the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Media and Entertainment Council.

Jennifer Nettles, a Broadway alumna and Grammy award winning country artist, is being honored at Alice Tully Hall for her career and service towards the 4-H organization and the Human Rights Campaign. Jason Robert Brown will also be joining Nettles and the Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Broadway Inspirational Voices is currently celebrating its 25th year, and is proud to receive the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theater.

Tickets will include a post-performance celebration in Alice Tully Hall. Click here for tickets and further information about the event. Proceeds will go toward Lincoln Center’s constituent arts organizations, reports Playbill.com.

Celebrating our Founder Michael McElroy

 
Photography: Brent Dundore Photography

Photography: Brent Dundore Photography

 

Broadway Inspirational Voices Celebrates its 25th Year with “Founder’s Week” In Honor of Tony and Grammy Award Nominated Michael McElroy

 

This year BIV celebrates its 25th year of service through music to the Broadway community and beyond.  The brainchild of founder Michael McElroy, BIV came to fruition during the height of the AIDS crisis when the Broadway community was in need.  Public concerts helped raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, but, more than that, the music that Michael offered gave healing, hope, and joy to suffering people.

In recognizing all that BIV has done, we must honor the man that made the entire quarter-century story possible.  This week we recognize Michael and commemorate his 50th birthday.  For half of his life, Michael has given his service, his heart, and his immense talent through BIV.  So, let’s learn a bit more about the incredible Michael McElroy.   

When do you remember "service" becoming a conscious part of your life?

I grew up in Church that my grandfather started.  I was a part of the “First Family”.  Service was always a part of our lives.  We gave to the church, and part of the church upbringing was giving of your time.  My mom was a teacher.  Mentorship, teaching, supporting the next generation and belief in giving back was ingrained in me.  I played for Sunday school, sang in the choir, played for the choir.  I sang at [my grandmother’s political] rallies, banquets, luncheons, protests – any and everything.  We, as a family, gave of our time, taking care of others.   

At 50, what wisdom are you most grateful for attaining?

Find the joy.  I get to fulfill my dreams and more.  I have to constantly strive for balance so that I don’t overcommit and do too much.  I thrive on writing lists and being able to cross off what I’ve done.  I want to look back at these next 10 years and make sure that everything I’ve done somehow has mentored or supported the next generation, or my art and talent has allowed some other young man of color the ability to know that it is possible for him as well.  I want to make a difference through my art.

 
Photography: Othello Banaci

Photography: Othello Banaci

 

Michael first started singing solos at church when he was 2 or 3 and was drawn to the theatre after seeing a tour of “Porgy and Bess” when he was 8.  It was the first time he’d seen people that “looked like me” onstage.  Seeing himself represented in the theatre led to a love affair that continues to this day.  Beginning on Broadway in 1991 with the newly-opened “Miss Saigon”, and continuing through to the 2017 revival of “Sunday In the Park with George”, Michael has demonstrated his vast performance talents.  However, bringing his broader musical abilities and love of gospel music to the Broadway community for 25 years has made him an indelible contributor to a generation of performers and audience members alike. 

Michael credits his childhood theatre and choral programs with teaching him the value of hard work, and that “talent isn’t enough”.  His respect for craft is apparent and inspiring, to say the least.  In celebrating Michael’s first 50 years, he gives us the example of a life of service, still in motion, and full of promise.  In Michael’s words: “I’m still growing and hopefully stepping into the person I want to be.  But at the same time honoring who I am right now.” 

We honor you Michael, and the gift that you are to everyone who is touched by your service.  Thank you, and HAPPY 50th!

Photography: Brent Dundore Photography

Photography: Brent Dundore Photography