GMCW announces 2017 Harmony Award Winners

Gay Men’s Chorus announces 2017 Harmony Award Winners

GMCW is pleased to announce its 2017 Harmony Award winners. The Harmony Award is given each year to an individual from the community, an organization, and an individual from within the Chorus family who exemplify GMCW’s mission and work to champion equality. NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, a long-time GMCW singer, and a stage director will receive the organization’s highest honors.

Jack Reiffer has been a faithful member of GMCW since 1998. He served as president of GMCW in the 2002-2003 Season. The next year, he provided crucial leadership as chair of GMCW’s first Spring Affair and the first Harmony Awards. He was inducted into the Circle of Excellence in 2004. Later that year, Jack began a two-year term as chair of the Board of Directors. Being a former pastor and a man of great faith, Jack has organized area churches to be involved with GMCW in an outreach program, Partners in Harmony, and became a part of the Care Corps team which tends to personal needs and challenges faced by Chorus membership. Jack currently serves as the Associate Administrator of Christ House – an organization providing comprehensive and compassionate health care to sick and homeless persons in the District of Columbia.

John Moran was a professional stage director, writer and producer who worked both nationally and internationally, in addition to his work with GMCW. John shared his immense talent with us for over thirty years. He was a true visionary, and believed in the theater as an agent for social change. John led GMCW to unprecedented professionalism on the stage, and helped us to make our greatest impact. His artistic vision challenged social norms, opened minds and hearts, and strengthened the performers who were blessed enough to work with him. He empowered us to raise our voice for equality and inclusion with every show he directed. This award is presented posthumously.

NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists was founded in 1990 by the late Leroy F. Aarons, and is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. NLGJA is a strong voice in the news industry, educating newsroom decision-makers about coverage of the LGBT community, promoting non-discrimination policies and the establishment of equal benefits, and creating educational opportunities to support the next generation of LGBTQ newsroom leaders.

GMCW wins Community Service Award

Washington, DC
April 17, 2017

Gay Men’s Chorus presented with 2017 Community Service Award

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, Team DC presented GMCW with the 2017 Community Service Award at the Team DC Night of Champions. Other honorees were MVP Awards to Graeme Joeck and Rob Geremia (DC Front Runners), Jeff Hughes (Adventuring) and Michael Zgoda (DC Pride Volleyball League), and Trailblazer Awards to Ed Vincent (CAPS Softball) and Tommy Rossman (Stonewall Darts.) For more information about Team DC, please visit their website.

Huffington Post: GMCW’s How to Succeed “quite remarkable”

Washington, DC
March 14, 2017

Huffington Post calls GMCW’s production of How to Succeed… “quite remarkable”

Critic Andrew Burrill of Huffington Post gave a rave review to the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC’s production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, calling the production “quite remarkable.” Mr. Burrill says, “It’s not an easy task to take a dated musical (1961) plucked from the past and breathe fresh life into it. It is also quite difficult for an individual who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community to attend musicals and not have the privilege to see themselves, and their experiences, represented on stage. However, The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. effectively performed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with grace, top tier talent, and loads of glam and glitter.” To read the full review, click HERE.

MD Theatre Guide says “This show is a lot of fun.”

Washington, DC
March 14, 2017

MD Theatre Guide says GMCW’s “How to Succeed…” is “a lot of fun”

Critic Elle Marie Sullivan from MD Theatre Guide gave a rave review to the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC’s production of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Of leading man Rinaldo Martinez in the role of J. Pierrepont Finch, Sullivan writes, “He is adorably conniving and has a constant gleam in his eye. Martinez has a wonderfully bright tenor sound which really makes him stand out among the other principal players. He is a spritely actor with a sweet smile.” To read the full review, click HERE.

Rave Review from DC Metro Theater Arts

Washington, DC
March 13, 2017

Rave Review for How to Succeed… from DC Metro Theater Arts

PJ McMahon from DC Metro Theater Arts gave a rave review to the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC’s production of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. “Martinez was definitely the standout as Finch. His earnestness and beautiful voice made him the ideal Finch. In the song ‘Rosemary,’ where Finch discovers his feelings for the character of the same name, Martinez commanded with his charm and beautiful voice. Other standouts include Shawn Morris as Hedy LaRue, Mr. Biggley’s scandalous mistress who later becomes Finch’s secretary and Michael Dumlao as Smitty, a fellow secretary at WWWC.” To read the full review, click HERE.

Rave Review from Broadway World

Washington, DC
March 13, 2017

Rave Review for How to Succeed… from Broadway World

Christopher Castanho from Broadway World gave a rave review to the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC’s production of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. “With a predominantly male cast, ‘How To Succeed’ is told in a way never done before.” To read the full review, click HERE.

Metro Weekly article on How to Succeed

March 2, 2017
Washington, DC

GMCW to perform gay version of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

Doug Rule of Metro Weekly wrote an article about the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s gay version of the hit Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to be presented at the Lincoln Theatre on March 10, 11 and 12, 2017. Director Thea Kano call the show a “fun piece, kind of an escape, if you will, from the political storm.” To read the full article, click HERE.

Broadway World Interview with Thea Kano

Washington, DC
March 6, 2017

Christopher Castanho from Broadway World interviewed GMCW’s Artistic Director Thea Kano about the upcoming production of the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The Chorus will present a gay version of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical. The cast features over 70 members of the Chorus along with some male and female guest stars, including Wendy Rieger and Doug Kammerer from NBC4-TV News. To read the interview, click HERE.

Queery: Becca Schaefer

February 2, 2017
Washington, DC

QUEERY: Becca Schaefer

One of the members of the GenOUT Chorus, Becca Schaefer, is the subject of this week’s Queery in the Washington Blade. Becca was interviewed by Joey DiGuglielmo and photographed by Michael Key.

Click HERE to read the article.

Live from Ukraine CD now on sale

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC is pleased to announce that a new CD recording from their historic trip to Ukraine in 2015 is now available for purchase. Recorded live in L’viv, Ukraine, the CD, entitled Live From Ukraine, features vocal ensemble Potomac Fever performing 18 tracks from their historic LGBTQ music and outreach concert tour.

To purchase a CD or download the music from CDBaby, click HERE.

To download music from iTunes, click HERE.