Saturday, June 19, 2010

CONCERT review - GMCLA's L'Amour

Always expect the unexpected from GMCLA (Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles)! The greatest thing you'll ever learn L'Amour was no exception, as Avalon (home to 60s TV's Hollywood Palace)

became the showplace for the concert. Bejeweled and dressed grotesquely in blacks, reds and various shades in between, chorus members hung over balconies, strooned themselves across the famous runway attached to the stage and created a one-of-a-kind futuristic bizarre circus atmosphere before the show. Once the concert began, the audience was treated to singular arrangements of traditional and pop love ballads in honor of filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, who had incorporated most of the tunes in his movies: Romeo and Juliet, Strictly Ballroom and Moulin Rouge.

There were a wonderful mix of solos and even an aerialist - on the ribbons -(Michael Lipari)(bottom photo) who dazzled the onlookers. Highlights included: "Nature Boy", "La Vie Boheme", "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"(top photo), "Material Girl", "Lady Marmalade", "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps", "Time After Time" and "Love Is In the Air".

Kudos to director Bill Bowersock, choreographer Billy Rugh and costume designer Philip Hayman who set the guidelines for the original dress-up. Also praise to lighting designer Steven Young, sound man James Hunt, hair/wig designer Curtis Foreman and pianist Michael Alfera. Memorably eclectic and psychedelically colorful show. Bravo!

Join the chorus in August once again as they sing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that's a pretty stellar review. Thank you. As a 24 year veteran of GMCLA, this was quite possibly the most eclectic show we have ever done, in a most unusual space, and likely the one I had the most fun performing. Disney Hall, once again, will break new ground, for us, as well has the hall. Aug 21 @8PM,