GMCLA PRESS & REVIEWS
GMCLA performances and outreach work receive national and international media attention.
Below are press items and reviews for our most recent appearances and ongoing projects.
We've launched our new project with It Gets Better and Speak Theater Arts; a nationwide tour of a new theater piece entitled "It Gets Better" building upon the phenomena that was created by Dan Savage.
The New York Times covers the success of Kickstarter and highlights GMCLA's achievement as the largest Theatre funding project yet. Full article here.
'It Gets Better' movement to spawn national touring show
April 12, 2012
The anti-bullying movement known as "It Gets Better" has become a success on the Internet, drawing support from President Obama, professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities. Now the project is spawning a live touring show that will travel the nation and feature members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.
Totally! Our ’80s Show / Summer 2011
July 9–10, 2010 • Avalon, Hollywood, CA
Posted by Don Grigware
“Usually wild, unbridled and cutting edge, as with last year's Avalon outing L’Amour, GMCLA pulled back somewhat this year in TOTALLY! Our ’80s Show with more subdued, straightforward staging. Always vocally superior, the chorus sounded its usual best essaying the unforgettable hits of the ’80s and showing the pop icons and news events of that time period on three screens throughout.” More>>>
Posted by Rachel Fraught • July 14, 2011 • 4:30pm
“How does one describe a gay men’s chorus other than: it’s a chorus comprised of gay men? Oh, but it’s so much more than that! Established in the late 1970s, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles is one of the largest choral ensembles in the USA. Through the power of music, the GMCLA is devoted to giving back to the community by promoting civil rights and acceptance.” More>>>
A Mighty Voice / Spring 2011
March 26–27, 2011 • Los Angeles Theatre Center
By John Topping / March 27, 2011 in LOS ANGELES THEATER
“I have seen GMCLA many times over the last few half-decades, and I’m usually happy that I went. But with A Mighty Voice, they have made the leap from Really Good Local Gay Men’s Chorus to World Class Gay Men’s Chorus. Delightful as past performances have been, don’t expect a rendition of Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time” or a bona-fide Diva guest singer like Jennifer Holliday. Under the guidance of guest conductor Cristian Grases, they are delving into more serious, sophisticated, and meditative terrain…” More>>>
By the Pasadena Star-News
“The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles entitled its concerts this weekend A Mighty Voice, and with 162 male singers in the 500-seat Tom Bradley Theater (part of the Los Angeles Theatre Center complex on Spring St. in downtown Los Angeles), the title certainly was appropriate. Happily for those who showed up, the chorus produced more than just power under the polished leadership of guest conductor Cristian Grases.” More >>>
Comfort & Joy / Holiday 2010
December 18–19, 2010 • The Alex Theatre, Glendale, CA
By Rodney Punt
By Sherry Stern (scroll down)
By Veronica Rocha
By Advocate.com Editors
By Shari Weiss
By Andrew Bender
Sure on this Shining Night
Saturday, August 21, 2010 @8pm • Disney Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
By Melissa Berry for Buzzine
By Doug Neslund for Classical Voice
By Culture Spot LA
By the Pasadena Star-News
By the Daily USC Trojan
By Roy Trakin's for HITS magazine (Scroll down to story 7)
June 19–20, 2010 • Avalon, Hollywood, CA
GMCLA performed L'Amour to enthusiastic crowds at the Avalon in Hollywood.
By Jason Mannino
SACRAMENTO / The Inaugeration of Speaker Elect John A Perez to the State Assembly
March 1, 2010 • Assembly Chambers, Sacramento, CA
On March 1st, 50 members of GMCLA performed at the Inauguration of the country’s first openly-gay Speaker, John A Perez. With support from Southwest Airlines, singers contributed two songs to the historic ceremony, bringing lawmakers and guests to their feet in a standing ovation. For more details, click on the links below:
December 19–20, 2009 • The Alex Theatre, Glendale, CA
When young Clarence Stahlbaum received a ballerina as a holiday gift, he's publicly dismayed—and secretly delighted. But after his bullying brother shatters his new present, all seemed lost.
But all was not lost…
GMCLA added new magic to this enchanting tale of dreams, which blends the splendor of Tchaikovsky with familiar holiday songs.
Laramie Project: Ten Years Later... an Epilogue
October 12, 2009 • The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, Santa Monica, CA
Eleven years ago Matthew Shepard was left to die on a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming. This year—on the anniversary of Mathew’s murder—GMCLA was joined by a star-studded cast in the premiere of the new play, Laramie Project: Ten Years Later... an Epilogue, by Moisés Kaufman, whose Tectonic Theatre Company went back to Laramie in 2008 to see what had changed—and what hadn’t.
GMCLA welcomed Mary McDonnell, Mary McCormack, Sharon Lawrence, Bradley Whitford, Charlotte Rae, Doug Spearman, Andrew McGinnis and Randi Driscoll—among others—in this one-night-only performance.