Broadway Advocacy Coalition Announces 'Broadway VS' Virtual Musical Event

Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC) has announced BROADWAY VS, a musical event Inspired by the cultural phenomenon Verzuz. The evening with celebrate the legendary careers of Tony Award winners André De Shields and Lillias White. BAC will honor the legacies of these Broadway icons while raising funds to support the next generation of BIPOC leadership within the theatre industry through the Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program, as well as BAC’s other initiatives to support and empower artist activists.

Hosted by Amber Iman, the BROADWAY VS will be livestreamed from Shubert Studios at New World Stages on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00PM ET. To register or donate, please visit

The evening will feature song selections from their extensive careers on Broadway and on film including music from The Wiz, Dreamgirls, Hercules, The Life, Full Monty, and more as well as conversations between the two iconic Broadway stars.

The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program was established to honor, uplift and support the next generation of Black, Asian, Latinx, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) theatre-makers working behind the scenes. The program will provide financial support, as well as mentorship through online seminars focusing on community building, leadership and social justice from Richard and various leaders from the theatrical industry. More information can be found here:

In the inaugural year, selected recipients will receive a $1,500 scholarship for the Spring 2021 semester. The scholarship program strives to encourage more Black, Asian, Latinx, Indigenous, and People of Color to pursue degrees in the theatrical management and artistic fields, such as Stage Management, Technical Theatre, Theatre Design, Playwriting, Directing, or Theatre Management. In partnership with the BAC, the program also hopes to build a community of scholars who will connect with each other through leadership seminars as they continue their various educational journeys.

This event is sponsored in part by The Shubert Organization and produced by the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. Cody Renard Richard, Zhailon Levingston, Christian Dante White, and Robb Nanus serve as Executive Producers.