GMCW at 8 The Play

On Saturday, January 10th, GMCW was invited to be part of a staged reading of Dustin Lance Black’s new play 8 at West Potomac High School. The play was presented by Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School, with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact for a four-performance run. The play chronicles the historic trial of Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, the case filed by AFER that successfully overturned Proposition 8 and restored the freedom to marry for gays and lesbians in California.

Following the performance, GMCW took the stage to perform “Make Them Hear You” from the musical Ragtime. The performance was then followed by a talkback panel discussion where GMCW members Marcus Brown and Chipper Dean participated and talked about singing on the steps of the Supreme Court the day that DOMA was struck down and Proposition 8 was overturned. The talkback panel also included plaintiff Kris Perry and her son, Spencer.

For more information, visit westpotomactheatre.org.

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GMCW announces GenOUT Chorus

For Immediate Release
Contact: Craig Cipollini
December 16, 2014
Email: ccipollini@gmcw.org

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC announces
new GenOUT Chorus, first LGBTQA Youth Chorus

Washington, DC – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC announces the formation of its new GenOUT Chorus, the first LGBTQA youth chorus in the District area, under the director of Thea Kano and Paul Heins.

The GenOUT Chorus is seeking singers between the ages of 12 and 21 to join a newly forming youth chorus for LGBTQ youth and their allies, sponsored by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. The chorus will make its premiere at the Lincoln Theatre, located at 1215 U Street NW, as part of GMCW’s show titled Born This Way on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 15, 2015. Rehearsals will be held one Saturday a month at the Sitar Arts Center and Atlas Performing Arts Center. No audition or experience necessary.

For more information on GenOUT or the GenOUT Chorus, please visit our GenOUT page.

Interview opportunities are available with GMCW Executive Director Thea Kano, GMCW Assistant Conductor Paul Heins and GMCW Executive Director Chase Maggiano. To arrange an interview, please contact Director of Marketing Craig Cipollini at ccipollini@gmcw.org or 202-293-1548.

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Five-Star Review for “Rockin’ The Holidays”

December 8, 2014
Craig Cipollini
Contact: ccipollini@gmcw.org

David Friscic from DC Metro Theater Arts gives the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC a “Five-star” review for their 2014 holiday concert, Rockin’ The Holidays. Click HERE to read the review.

Metro Weekly Cover Girl

December 4, 2014
Contact: Craig Cipollini
ccipollini@gmcw.org

Our very own Thea Kano is the cover feature story in this week’s issue of Metro Weekly. The article, titled “Chorus Girl”, is an in-depth interview by Doug Rule of Thea and her work with GMCW and beyond.

Click HERE to read the article!

 

 

Ugly Sweater Ticket Contest

Want to see our holiday show for free?

Well, now’s your chance! Just take a selfie wearing an ugly Christmas sweater and post it to one of our social media pages. The best photo wins a pair of tickets to our 2014 holiday show Rockin’ The Holidays. It’s that simple! Entries must be tagged with #gmcwuglysweater. You can post to our Facebook page, tweet it out on Twitter or post the photo on Instagram.

Rules:
1. Entries must be posted by November 26, 2014.
2. If posting on Facebook, you must post to the GMCW Facebook page and use #gmcwuglysweater
3. If posting on Twitter, you must use #gmcwuglysweater and @gmcwashington to tag us in the tweet
4. If posting on Instagram, you must use #gmcwuglysweater and @gmcwashington to tag us in the photo
5. One winner will be chosen.
6. Winner will be announced on Monday, December 1, 2014.
7. Winner will be chosen by GMCW staff.
8. Winner can choose any one of the four “Rockin’ The Holidays” performances to attend.
9. Winner must notify the GMCW office of their performance choice no later than 72 hours prior to performance date.

Links to our social media pages:

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Green Lantern donates to GenOUT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2014
Contact: Craig Cipollini
ccipollini@gmcw.org

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is pleased to announce that the Green Lantern donated $2,275 to GMCW’s GenOUT program today. The funds were raised as part of Green Lantern’s Not Another Drag Show: the 10th Edition (NADS10) held on October 31, 2014.

For more information, please contact Director of Marketing, Craig Cipollini at ccipollini@gmcw.org or 202-293-1548.

GMCW to present Rockin’ The Holidays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Craig Cipollini
(202) 293-1548
ccipollini@gmcw.org

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC
presents “Rockin’ The Holidays”

Washington, D.C. — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) will continue its 34th season with a holiday concert entitled Rockin’ The Holidays to be presented on December 6, 2014 at 8:00pm; December 13, 2014 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm; and December 14, 2014 at 3:00pm at The Lincoln Theatre, located at 1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC.

Tickets prices range from $25-$59. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-435-9849 or visiting GMCW.org. The 3:00pm performance on December 14 will be ASL interpreted.

The concert will be directed by producer, director and writer John Moran.

Rockin’ The Holidays features the full chorus of 220 singers performing signature holiday classics and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. Songs performed include “Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”. The concert will also include dancers, costumes, soloists and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Interview opportunities are available with Director John Moran, Artistic Director Thea Kano and GMCW Executive Director Chase Maggiano. To arrange an interview, please contact Director of Marketing Craig Cipollini at ccipollini@gmcw.org or 202-293-1548.

GMCW Concert Poster Vandalized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Craig Cipollini
October 22, 2014
(202) 293-1548
ccipollini@gmcw.org

Gay Men’s Chorus Concert Poster
Vandalized in House Office Building

Washington, D.C. — An unknown individual in the Longworth House Office Building Cafeteria vandalized a poster advertisement of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s popular Holiday Concert this week.

The word “Fags,” written in black ink, is visible even after another passerby tried to cross it out. The Gay Men’s Chorus routinely hangs posters all over Washington, and this is the first incident of its kind in recent memory according to Executive Director, Chase Maggiano.

“Sometimes we hear stories of bullying and vandalism at the area high schools we visit,” Maggiano says. “But it’s pretty surprising to see this happen on Capitol Hill. This tells us that we still have equality work to do right in our own backyard.”
Washington, DC, recently named America’s Gayest City by Advocate Magazine, has 17 gay elected officials in city government and legalized same sex marriage in 2009. The Gay Men’s Chorus, one of the largest choruses in the city, performs in concert venues all over the city, and frequently on Capitol Hill.

“People come to DC from all over the country to work for justice,” says Daniel Penchina, President of Q Street, an association of LGBT lobbyists and advocates. “This random act is not representative of the Capitol Hill community of staff and lawmakers. While we sometimes disagree, we do so with respect.”

John Moran to direct Rockin’ The Holidays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Craig Cipollini
October 13, 2014
(202) 293.1548
ccipollini@gmcw.org
 

John Moran to direct “Rockin’ The Holidays” for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC

Washington, D.C. — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) announced today that John Moran will return to direct their 2014 holiday concert, Rockin’ The Holidays. The concert will be presented at the Lincoln Theatre, located at 1215 U Street NW on December 6, 2014 at 8:00pm, December 13, 2014 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm and December 14, 2014 at 3:00pm. The 3:00pm performance on December 14, 2014 will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are $25-$59 and can be purchased by calling 1-877-435-9849 or visiting www.GMCW.org.

John Moran has produced and directed cabaret and theater premieres and revivals, worked on a number of Presidential Inaugural events, as well as countless other ceremonies, awards programs, conferences and shows around the country.

He had the honor to produce and direct “Time of Remembrance”, a National Mall event, for the families of the Fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan, featuring the Joint Chiefs, the Military bands, George Stephanopoulous, Kevin Bacon. The ceremonies conferred the Medal of Remembrance on the Children of the Fallen.

He designed and continues to produce/direct the annual Kennedy Center Gala for Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards with Hillary Clinton and international celebrities (Sally Field, Angelina Jolie, Ben Affleck, Nicholas Kristof, Muhammad Yunis, Judy Collins, Brian Williams, Melanne Verveer, Norah O’Donnell, Joe Biden and many more).

Annually he produces and directs the National Arts Awards for Americans for the Arts in New York City (Julie Andrews, Robert Redford, Angela Lansbury, Hal Prince, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Beverly Sills, Renee Fleming, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tommy Tune, Anna Deavere Smith, Robert Downey Jr. , Jake Gyllenhall, Dakota Fanning etc.)

With Marvin Hamlisch, he directed a “Tribute to Tibet” featuring Harrison Ford and Elie Wiesel honoring the Dalai Lama.

GMCW audiences will remember he directed the sold-out productions of “Grease”, “Pink Nutcracker” and the cabaret “Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim” along with several other chorus concerts. He also emceed the very first bi-coastal gay chorus concert with the Seattle Men’s Chorus, Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus and hosted by GMCW at Lisner Auditorium.

John’s production of “In Gay Company” was named one of the most important events of the 1980’s by the Washington Blade. He directed the GLAAD nominated revival of “The Boys in the Band” and the Washington area premiere of Jerry Herman’s “Dear World” for the American Century Theater.

A big band revue, “In The Mood” has toured the world after being rewritten and directed by John.

In 2007, he was selected for the Wakefield High School Hall of Fame.

Interview opportunities are available with John Moran and GMCW Artistic Director Thea Kano. If you are interested in arranging an interview or if you have any questions, please contact Director of Marketing Craig Cipollini at ccipollini@gmcw.org or 202-293-1548.

GMCW announces Home Cooked Cabaret

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is proud to announce its season opening fundraiser entitled Home Cooked Cabaret to be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 1:30pm at The Hamilton Live! location at 600 14th Street NW. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased by calling 202.293.1548 or online at www.gmcw.org.

This year’s cabaret show is entitled “Love Stinks!” and features brilliant soloists sharing songs and tales of survival about humorous (and touching) experiences of love and dating. Joining us for this special performance only will be guest star Will Gartshore, Broadway actor and two-time Helen Hayes Award winner.

Our talented cast of performers will perform songs ranging from B.B. King to Sam Smith, to songs from musicals like Cabaret, Chess, Avenue Q and much more. You won’t want to miss it!

Immediately following the performance is “Champagne & Answers,” a meet-‘n’-greet with the cast and Director Thea Kano. Then the party continues at homes throughout the District area featuring delicious food and cocktails prepared by some of GMCW’s most gracious hosts and chefs.

Tickets are $125 each for reserved table seating with your party. The ticket price includes dinner and the performance. To purchase tickets, call 202.293.1548 or online at www.gmcw.org.