30 Years Young

The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles kicked off its 30th year with a show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall that was as touching as it was exciting. Joley Fisher, the emcee for the evening, took the reigns to drive the show through the type of concert you would expect from the a chorus of such caliber; songs ranging from Spanish ballads, show tunes, and spirituals, all with messages to fight for equality

BY Advocate.com Editors

August 01 2009 12:00 AM ET

The second half of the show dealt with the timeliest of issues for the LGBT community in Los Angeles, defeating Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriage in the California if voters approved it this November.

Actor George Takei and his partner Brad Altman appeared to announce their support for the Gay Men’s Chorus, and to stress the importance of defeating Proposition 8. The two plan to marry in September at the Japanese American National Museum. “What’s great about the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles is that they’re really the voice of the LGBT community in Los Angeles,” Takei said after the concert.

Altman, added that the magnitude of the evening was illustrated by the venue itself. “The Walt Disney Concert Hall is basically LA’s version of Carnegie Hall in New York, so for a group like this to perform here is indeed an honor.”

The pair introduced Lorri Jean, the executive director of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, who gave a stirring speech on the importance of staying active in the fight for marriage equality.

The chorus topped off the evening with a sequence of songs celebrating the rites of marriage, performing “Anything for Him” from Kiss of the Spider Woman, “Love and Love Alone” from The Visit, and “Married” from Cabaret. Next was a tearful rendition of “We’ve Only Just Begun,” a classic Carpenter’s song that left few dry eyes in the audience and on the stage. The night capped off with a joyous song and dance to “A Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice)” from the 1977 musical, The Wiz, and then a soft, touching encore of xxxx.

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