The second annual Broadway VS concert, a fundraiser supporting the work of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, streams live Monday June 20 at 7:30 PM featuring dueling Broadway veterans Norm Lewis and Joshua Henry.
Hosted by BAC Founder Amber Iman, the event is held at New World Stages and coincides with Juneteenth. The evening will honor Emmy and Tony Nominee Lewis and three time Tony Nominee Henry, while also serving as a space for Black theater artists to celebrate the many Black men who have led the way for others.
Inspired by the phenomenon Verzuz, in which two artists go head-to-head in a friendly “battle” of their respective discographies, Broadway VS is an epic musical event which combines conversation, song and cultural celebration. BAC’s first annual Broadway VS, held in 2021, pit theater icons André De Shields and Lillias White against each other.
“This year Broadway VS is honoring two Black men who have inspired and influenced the theater community for years,” said Director of Industry Initiatives Zhailon Levingston. “In that spirit, we want to use this event to intentionally bring together and lift up so many other Black men—too rarely given their own space to be celebrated—to honor our historic and invaluable presence onstage, but also backstage, front of house, in school and across all theatrical departments while continuing to push the need for broader celebration of all marginalized communities.”
Making space to uplift the vital impact of Black culture on Broadway, the evening will feature song selections from both artists’ extensive careers on Broadway and beyond and include music from Once on This Island, Carousel, The Little Mermaid, and more as well as conversations between the two iconic Black Broadway stars.
The livestream is free. RSVP to view the livestream at https://www.broadwayvs.com/. Text GIVE to 347 657 6024 to support the work of BAC.