Presented by Wells Fargo, GMCLA’s extraordinary Spring Concert “Bette, Babs & Beyoncé” featured all the divas with twice the drama. More than 240 members of the chorus invoked the impressive divatude of some of the world’s most iconic women who have influenced lives with their powerhouse vocals, including the “Divine Miss M” Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand and Beyonce.
In addition to that triumvirate of talent, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles paid tribute to other chart-topping and equally formidable singing sensations of yesteryear and today, such as Madonna, Tina Turner, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Britney Spears, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland.
In presenting this concert, GMCLA celebrated not only the remarkable talents of these fine women, but also to honor them each for being beloved forces within the gay community. Each woman has been a vocal and steadfast supporter of gay rights during their careers.
From Judy Garland arguably sparking the flashpoint of the gay civil rights movement of Stonewall shortly after her death in 1969 to Cyndi Lauper launching the True Colors Tour, which supported venerable LGBT organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, and the Mathew Shepard Foundation, to Madonna’s work as a global cultural icon and the “greatest gay icon” according to The Advocate, in speaking out against discrimination against gays and lesbians and being one of the most vocal celebrities to bring attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, all of these women have accelerated support for the LGBT community worldwide.
More than five years since GMCLA first caught the world’s attention with the release of their captivating cover of Lauper’s “True Colors” for the It Gets Better Project, a striking anthem of the anti-bullying movement, audiences will be treated to an impressive live rendition of the song.
The show also featured a touching a cappella version of Beyonce’s “If I Were A Boy” and GMCLA’s standout version of Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” brought down the house. The concert was packed with songs everyone knows and loves, without missing any of our beloved divas.