GMCLA takes on Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand and Beyoncé

by Steve Appleford – April 1, 2016

When the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles first debuted nearly four decades ago, the ensemble’s impact was more than musical. The 240-member group acts as both an “arts and advocacy organization,” says executive director Chris Verdugo, and has since the beginning.

“Our concerts, as much as they are entertainment, we pride ourselves on them also being outreach to our audience members — portraying positive role models of gay men,” says Verdugo, who began as a singer with the chorus in 2006.

That mission will be on display when GMCLA performs songs made famous by some favorite female performers at Glendale’s Alex Theatre on April 9 and 10. The group will pay tribute to the likes of Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand and Beyonce, among many others.