Hollywood’s LGBTQ history explored with GMCLA’s ‘The Pink Carpet’ concert

By SANDRA BARRERA | Daily News PUBLISHED: June 19, 2018 at 11:28 am

It just made sense.

For its 39th season closer, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has decided to put together a concert that explores the portrayals of LGBTQ people on film.

“Our offices are in West Hollywood,” said Joe Nadeau, the group’s artistic director and conductor. “We are surrounded by Hollywood, which is the filmmaking center of the universe.”

Dubbed “The Pink Carpet,” the concert – coming to Glendale’s Alex Theatre for three performances, two on Saturday, June 23 and the last on Sunday, June 24 – takes audiences on a journey from the era of pre-production codes to the modern-day cinema by way of more than 285 voices from across Southern California.

The inspiration for the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A. show comes from the late Vito Russo’s landmark 1981 book, “The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies,” which later got made into a documentary. It weaves together songs from films with video, narration and show-stopping dance numbers for what Nadeau said is “a unique experience, unlike anything that we’ve ever done before.”

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