June 15, 2011 — Thirty years of Broadway’s best, celebrated by the 100-voice Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus and a special guest star. How much more really needs to be said?
The men of the AGMC will return to the stage of the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University Friday and Saturday, July 8-9 for three performances sponsored by Macy’s that pay tribute to some of Broadway’s finest songs. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, and both 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, with a special wine auction added to the Saturday evening performance. And in response to the ongoing recession facing many persons, the AGMC has lowered its ticket prices to enable everyone to attend.
“This production caps off the 30th season of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, one of the longest-running and most respected gay choruses in the world,” noted AGMC Artistic Director Kevin Robison. “Since our summer show typically features favorite songs from Broadway, movies and pop culture, we thought a salute to Broadway’s best was an appropriate way to complete the season that marks our own three decades of entertainment excellence.”
The show features an eclectic mixture of high-energy and emotion-filled Broadway songs, from such diverse shows as Wicked, Hairspray, Chicago, Sunday in the Park with George, Ragtime, Passion, The Producers and more.
The show begins with an amusing behind-the-scenes sequence that is one of the most exciting preludes to an AGMC performance yet. The show appears to be conceived right before the audience’s eyes and actually opens with “Thirty Years of Broadway,” featuring music and lyrics by Robison, a respected ASCAP composer.
“It’s been great fun to work with the chorus’ Music Advisory Committee to build that opening number,” the director said, smiling. “It’s definitely tongue-in-cheek, yet all too true about some of the challenges of putting on a production. Anyone who’s ever been in a show — from high school to community or professional theatre — will appreciate many of the lines. We think it’s a hoot, and sets the tone for a truly enjoyable performance.”
The AGMC is pleased to feature special guest Shawn Megorden in its salute to Broadway. One of Atlanta’s premier vocalists, Megorden has performed across the U.S. with many big bands and combos, as well as starring roles in such timeless musicals as Anything Goes, Smokey Joe’s Café and, this spring, the Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Leader of the Pack. With her powerful and soulful voice and spirited dancing, this captivating performer will be an exceptional complement to the men of the AGMC in this Broadway tribute. Megorden’s jazz and blues song stylings can be heard on her 2007 solo album, Cover Girl.
Love a unique bottle of wine? Then make sure you attend the Saturday evening, July 9 show. A special wine auction will be featured, including bottles of great “wine finds” discovered by chorus members and friends in their travels, relationships and other experiences. Each bottle will come with the donor’s personal story of where it was found, and its importance to his or her life.
Funds raised will support the chorus as it prepares to travel to the 2012 GALA Choruses Festival next summer in Denver. Held every four years, the week-long event brings together hundreds of gay, lesbian, transgendered, mixed and youth choruses from around the world for performances, workshops and other enriching education and sharing experiences. The AGMC gave what was considered one of the standout performances of the 2008 festival in Miami, with three standing ovations during its 25-minute set.
Tickets for 30 Years of Broadway range from $15 to $35, depending on seating selection and performance (including lower prices for the Saturday matinee). The Rialto box office is located in the lobby of the Rialto Center for the Arts at 80 Forsyth St. NW not far from the Five Points MARTA station. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Order tickets in person at the box office, by phone at (404) 413-9TIX (9849) or online at https://tickets.rialtocenter.org.
Established in 1981 and today one of the world’s longest-running all-male choruses, the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus entertains, educates and connects audiences through music that is distinguished for its creativity, diversity and artistic excellence. The chorus is a member of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, and Chorus America, a 1,600-member non-profit organization that foster the chorus music experience in the U.S.
The AGMC is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Corporate partners include Macy’s, Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, Radial Café, Alston & Bird, Dan Lax Media, Diageo, The Heretic-Atlanta, The Hope Clinic of the Emory University Vaccine Center, Integral HR, King and Spalding, Marton Technologies, Metrotainment Cafes (Einstein’s, Joe’s on Juniper, Joe’s on Madison, Cowtippers, Hudson Grille, and Metrotainment Bakery), and PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC). A complete listing of financial supporters — and how you can support the mission of the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus — can be found on agmchorus.org.