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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present Lipstick and Lyrics: Vice Versa
From a press release
2018-02-05

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CHICAGO, February 5, 2018 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents Lipstick and Lyrics: Vice Versa, performing at Uptown Underground on Friday, February 23, 2018 and Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night. This live singing drag extravaganza is a collection of beloved songs performed in new and creative ways. For more information and tickets, visitwww.cgmc.org/lnl.

Get ready for a grand total of 14 drag queens and a slew of hot dancers, all ready to entertain, tantalize, and tease...hosted by the fabulous April Scott! The show is directed by long time chorus member Terry Wittenberg with music direction and programming by Artistic Director, James Morehead. "The show is an assortment of showstoppers," said Morehead. "It is guaranteed to stretch your mind, baffle your eyes and stretch your diaphragm from laughing."

Vice Versa will be serving up your favorites with a side of sass. Audiences can look forward to an updated version of the "Cell Block Tango" from Chicago, an interesting take on "God, I Hate Shakespeare" from Something Rotten, aScream take on Blondie's "Call Me," a Taylor Swift version of Handmaid's Tale, and a fairytale version of "Royals." "The audience will leave laughing and perhaps crying from laughing so hard," said Morehead.

This year's annual Lipstick & Lyrics show will be a very intimate experience. Drag has been and always will be an important element in CGMC's performances. "Drag is truly an LGBTQ+ art form," said Morehead. "This show allows us to celebrate and honor this tradition of our community for many more years to come!" CGMC will continue Lipstick & Lyrics next year with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

In line with this year's L&L, CGMC announces a drag fundraiser in support of the chorus. Once we reach $15,000, James Morehead will take the stage in FULL DRAG. If we raise $25,000, other members of CGMC's leadership team, including Treasurer Blake Hankins and Board President Michael Anderson, will perform a rousing musical number together IN DRAG! They call the shots but now we're giving YOU THE AUDIENCE the chance to get them on stage in front of a rowdy crowd to show what they've got. Visit www.cgmc.org/lnl-fundraiser for more information and to donate.

WHEN/WHERE

Friday, February 23, 2018, 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM

Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM

Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640

TICKETS

Tickets are currently on sale and range from $25 - $50 online with additional ticket fees. General admission and reserved seats available. A VIP reception will be held on both nights at 7:00 PM prior to the 8:00 PM shows. VIP tickets are $50 and include a special reception, reserved seating, a free drink, and hors d'oeuvres. For more information, please visit www.cgmc.org/lnl.

ABOUT CHICAGO GAY MEN'S CHORUS

The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) has been an integral part of Chicago's cultural and gay communities since 1983. For more than three decades, the chorus has entertained audiences across the continent with innovative musical programming exploring everything from love to politics to the sometimes fabulous, sometimes challenging world of being gay; often all at the same time. Our always-memorable performances have included original musical revues; full-length book musicals; traditional choral concerts and intimate cabaret presentations; all punctuated with our signature joyous irreverence.

Most recently, CGMC represented Chicago's LGBT community at Mayor Rahm Emanuel's second-term inauguration ceremony. The chorus proudly sang "America the Beautiful" for the Illinois Marriage Equality Act bill-signing ceremony and was the featured guest choral performer for the star-studded concert, Broadway Rocks, with the Grant Park Music Festival in 2011. Chicago Gay Men's Chorus was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2001 and currently has four cd-recordings available. CGMC has performed the National Anthem multiple times at world-famous Wrigley Field and for the WNBA Chicago Sky and Chicago's professional soccer team, Chicago Fire.


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