Music Gives Hope Gala Honoree

Michael McElroy

Professor, Howard University

Michael McElroy is presently a tenured professor and coordinator of Musical Theatre in the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University in Washington DC. From 2021-2023 he served as chair of the Department of Musical Theatre at University of Michigan. From 2010-2021 he served as head of vocal performance and director or diversity initiatives at NYU/Tisch Undergraduate Drama. His Broadway credits include: Sunday in the Park with George (2017 revival), Next To Normal, Rent (Closing Cast), The Wild Party, Big River (Tony Nomination Best Supporting 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, Drama Desk Nomination), Thunder Knocking on the Door (Minetta Lane), Richard III(NYSF starring Denzel Washington). Michael is the Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Broadway Inspirational Voices. He received a Grammy nomination in 2005 for his arrangement of Joy to The World on BIV’s first holiday CD: Great Joy! A Gospel Christmas. Michael was one of 4 performers to serve as Artist in Residence at Little Island in its inaugural year, serves on the board of YoungArts, and is a founding member of Black Theatre United where he currentlyserves as Vice President. A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Michael is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he received the 2020 Alumni Achievement Award. Other honors include the MLK Spirit Award (U-M), Dr. Martin Luther King Faculty Award (NYU) and two Tony Award Honors for Excellence in Theatre (Big River 2004, Broadway Inspirational Voices 2019)


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