On entering Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, before her Friday performance at the gala for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, guest artist Chrissy Metz paused to share a few thoughts.
“I’m super grateful to be here to sing a beautiful song,” said the “This Is Us” actress. “It’s a beautiful song [called ‘I’m Standing with You’], written by Diane Warren, that is just perfect for any occasion. But for this occasion, the anniversaries of Stonewall and the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A., this all makes really great wonderful sense. So, when [GMCLA organizers] asked, I said, ‘Yes, of course, I’ll be there.’ ”
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles had double reason to celebrate Friday. The evening, which included a reception, concert and dinner, marked the organization’s 40th anniversary as well as the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ rights. (More on that later.)
Conducted by interim artistic director Gavin Thrasher, the 270-member Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles sang a diverse program of Broadway, gospel, choral, country and pop music. Members of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Broadway’s Shoshana Bean and Metz joined the lineup as guest artists.
For her part, Bean belted out the anthem “She Used to Be Mine” from “Waitress” before teaming up with soloist Tod Macofsky for “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” from “Hello, Dolly!” as the GMCLA queens, featuring TV personality Eureka O’Hara, paraded across the stage in technicolor gowns, waving feather fans.
During a break between sets, the chorus sang “Happy Birthday” to the night’s honoree, political activist David Mixner, who, GMCLA board chair Steve Holzer noted, shares a birthday with singer Madonna, who turned 61 on Friday. Holzer said Mixner is “a man who is a legend, quite frankly, in the LGBTQ activism and advocacy world,” adding, “He has been in the forefront of civil rights for not just the gay community and the LGBTQ community — but for everyone.”
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