Rave review for Let Freedom Sing from MD Theatre Guide

Washington, DC – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC continued its 2018-2019 Season with their March concert, Let Freedom Sing, presented on March 16 at the historic Lincoln Theatre. Critic Liz Ruth-Brinegar from MD Theatre Guide gave a rave review of the show, stating “the concert overall was extremely powerful and provided a wonderfully varied repertoire of music from classical to pop to spirituals to hip-hop to gospel to Broadway.”

To read the full review, click HERE

Emmy-nominee Jackie Hoffman to host Spring Affair

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is pleased to announce that our guest host for Spring Affair 2019 will be stage, television, and film actress Jackie Hoffman. Ms. Hoffman is most notably known for her role as Mamacita on FX-TV’s “Feud,” for which she received an Emmy nomination. She has also appeared on “Difficult People,” “Girls,” “Strangers With Candy,” and “Gilmore Girls.” Some of her memorable film roles include Birdman, Kissing Jessica Stein, Garden State, and A Dirty Shame. On Broadway, she has co-starred in Xanadu, On The Town, The Addams Family, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Hairspray for which she won a Theatre World Award. Her solo shows at Joe’s Pub have received critical acclaim, including “The Kvetching Continues,” “Jackie Five-Oh,” and “Jackie with a Z.” In 2009, she received the Mac Award for best female standup. She is currently co-starring off-Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof from the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.

Spring Affair will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC located at 1150 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037. Tickets are $225 (table of 10 $2,250) and can be purchased by calling 202-293-1548 or on the GMCW website. The theme for this year’s gala is “Legends of Olympus.”

Spring Affair co-chairs are Maj. Romm Gatongay (USMC Ret.), Derrick Jones, and Dr. Erich Sommerfeldt.

Rave review for Working from MD Theatre Guide

Washington, DC – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC continued its tradition of presenting gender-bending productions of classic Broadway musicals with an all-new staging of the Stephen Schwartz musical, Working. The show was presented on February 9 & 10, 2019 at Atlas Performing Arts Center where is played to sold-out crowds at both performances.

Critic Jeannette Mulherin of MD Theatre Guide gave a rave review of the show, stating “Working is a musical that manages to entertain while also communicating a profound message about the inherent dignity of work and the importance of our individual contributions. And who better to remind us of these basic truths than a performing arts organization committed to creating a more equal world for us all?  

To read the full review, click HERE.

Rave review for Working from DC Metro Theater Arts

Washington, DC – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC continued its tradition of presenting gender-bending productions of classic musicals with an all-new staging of the Stephen Schwartz musical Working. The show was presented on February 9 & 10, 2019 at Atlas Performing Arts Center, where it played to sold-out houses at both performances.

Critic David Friscic of DC Metro Theater Arts gave a rave review of the show, stating “it is a pleasure to see this underrated show get the revamping it deserves. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC under the Artistic Direction of Ms. Thea Kano has presented a production of Working that works exceedingly well!”

To read the full review, click HERE.

Rave review for The Holiday Show

Washington, DC – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC’s annual holiday spectacular, The Holiday Show, opened on December 8, 2018 at the Lincoln Theatre. Critic David Friscic of DC Metro Theater Arts writes, “Since Dr. Thea Kano has helmed the role of artistic director several years ago, I have witnessed an alchemy of musical professionalism, musical excellence, and a more integrated presentation of production/theatrical elements in each and every concert.

A decided highlight of this opening night concert was a seamless, fluid integration of the more serious religious numbers with the more amusing, satiric, comic, and novelty songs. Another much-improved quality was the outstanding choreography that augmented many a musical number with pizzazz and syncopated musical rhythm (choreography by Craig Cipollini and James Ellzy).”

To read the full review, click HERE.

New music from GMCW

Just in time for the holidays! GMCW announces the release of two brand-new recordings. First is the world premiere of the tenor & bass arrangement of the Maurice Duruflé Requiem that was arranged by GMCW artistic director Thea Kano and recorded live in March 2018. And one of GMCW’s vocal ensembles, Potomac Fever, has released a new album of Christmas music titled A Potomac Fever Christmas. Both albums are available to purchase on CD at GMCW performances. You can also purchase CDs or digital copies online at CD Baby. Downloads and streaming are also available. Give the gift of music this holiday season!

To purchase Maurice Duruflé Requiem click HERE

To purchase A Potomac Fever Christmas, click HERE.

You can also visit the Music page of our website.

Greg Watkins joins GMCW as director of Seasons of Love

WASHINGTON, DC – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Watkins as the director of GMCW’s vocal ensemble Seasons of Love. Mr. Watkins will conduct the 16-member gospel and inspirational ensemble starting in the 2018-2019 Season.

Greg Watkins is a born and bred Washingtonian and well-respected singer, pianist, musical director, composer and arranger, actor, voice talent, and entertainer. He is a graduate of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Howard University (B.M. Music Education), and a former graduate student of Catholic University where he pursued his masters in vocal performance.

Mr. Watkins is the recipient of the 2008 ASCAP Foundation/Cherry Lane Foundation/Music Alive Award in honor of Dr. Quincy Jones for his outstanding work in production, composition, performance, and musical direction. He is also the recipient of the 2015 Coalition for African-Americans in the Performing Arts’ Emerging Artist Award for his exemplary work with children, his service to the community, and his many accomplishments as a rising performing artist.

Mr. Watkins is currently the artistic director for The MusicianShip Washington Youth Choir and brings with him a wealth of experience. As a trained singer and pianist, he has performed on historic stages including Warner Theater, Lincoln Theatre, Howard Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, The Music Center at Strathmore, Washington National Cathedral, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The White House, and the Grand Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“We are very excited to have someone with such phenomenal talent and vision as Greg Watkins join the GMCW artistic staff,” says Thea Kano, artistic director for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC.

Mr. Watkins brings with him not only a vast musical background, but a passion for social justice and LGBTQ+ equality. “I love and relish the spirit of community. So I’m looking to enjoy an experience I’ve never had before, meet new people, have lots of fun, and grow more as an effective leader and humanitarian,” says Mr. Watkins. “Beauty is not only found in the songs we sing. But it’s also found in the relationships we build, the lives we touch, and the moments we cherish. Together, we are going to touch the lives of millions around the world and I’m looking forward to it. Special thanks to Seasons of Love and the GMCW leadership for welcoming me into the family!”

Dax ExclamationPoint to appear at Ropeburn 2

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC is thrilled to announce that Dax ExclamationPoint from Season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race will be our special guest and host at Ropeburn 2: Guardians of Equality to be held on October 18, 2018 at SAX Restaurant and Lounge. Dax has toured the country alongside other stars of Rupaul's Drag Race and is a cosplayer, artist, illustrator, costume designer, makeup artist, and wig stylist. Dax has also hosted panels and discussions at various comic and cosplay conventions around the country. We are excited at that Dax will be with us for the fall fundraiser. For more information about Ropeburn or to get tickets, click HERE.

GMCW featured on WHUT-TV

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC was featured on episode #205 of “ARTICO” on WHUT-TV (Howard University’s Public Television station on channel 32). The program focuses on arts in the community. Artistic Director Thea Kano spoke of the history of GMCW and its music. GMCW members Michael Smith and Marcus Brown (also a Howard alumnus) spoke about GMCW and what it means to the community and to them personally. The segment also featured clips from GMCW performances, including footage from GMCW’s April 2018 performance at Wolf Trap.

To see the full episode, click HERE.

DC Metro Theater Arts review of TransAmerica

On June 2-3, 2018, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC presented TransAmerica, a celebration of the transgender and genderqueer communities. Critic John Stoltenberg of DC Metro Theater Arts writes, “Featuring a stage full of soaring, sonorous voices and an astute program of songs in celebration of authentic selfhood, it was, in a word, exhilarating.

TransAmerica was one of the most timely, important, and liberatory concerts the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC has yet produced. In each and every programming choice and performance, it celebrated the possibility of affirming one’s authentic selfhood without derogating anyone else’s. That is a radical notion still. The world would be better off if more people got it. This concert set it to music—and left one humming the tune.”

To read the full review, click HERE