Divas’ Revenge - Opera and Broadway Our Way (CD)


Divas’ Revenge - Opera and Broadway Our Way (CD)

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Released November 2005

"Divas’ Revenge - Opera and Broadway Our Way" was the highly successful spring concert of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’s 27th Season. Joining forces for the first time with the Community Women’s Orchestra proved to be a wonderful collaboration. The selections on this CD will take you on a journey from the sublime to the ridiculous, with some very traditional fare receiving some not-so-traditional (but oh, so San Francisco!) treatment.

Act I features selections spanning almost three hundred years of operatic repertoire. If you think opera’s not really your thing, you may be surprised by how much of this is familiar to you. Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, for instance, includes music that was adapted in the musical Kismet, and the Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly became the basis for the hit song from the Broadway musical, Les Miserables. SFGMC’s ensemble, The Lollipop Guild, will help deepen your understanding with an hilarious examination of how opera can be fun, and if that’s not enough, we have our own Three Tenors singing Nessun dorma. Move over, Pavarotti!

Act II brings us to the modern era of musical theater (1927-2003), with Broadway tunes you know and love plus a few new gems. When the chorus members were asked to list their favorite Broadway tunes of all time, the overwhelming subject was songs that spoke to them as gay men. Imagine, if you will, “Tonight” as the setting not for a fight, but for 200 homosexuals “armed” with hair products getting ready for a night on the town! “Get Me to the Church on Time” and selections from The Sound of Music are the backdrop for the marriage of a reluctant tuxedoed gay man and a drag queen (Donna Sachet), presided over by San Francisco’s Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence! With a little bit of luck - and imagination - you’ll soon see that we certainly do opera, and Broadway, “our way”.

Track List

  • The Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor)
  • The Toreador’s Song (Carmen)
  • Eine Kleine NOT Musik
  • The Pilgrims’ Chorus (Tannhäuser)
  • The Humming Chorus (Madama Butterfly)
  • Nessun dorma (Turandot)
  • Tonight (West Side Story)
  • If You Were Gay (Avenue Q)
  • What More Can I Say? (Falsettoland)
  • Let Me Entertain You (Gypsy)
  • Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine (Show Boat)
  • I Am What I Am (La Cage aux Folles)
  • I Know Where I’ve Been (Hairspray)
  • Get Me To the Church on Time (My Fair Lady)
  • The Nuns’ Chorus & Climb Every Mountain (The Sound of Music)
  • Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Overture to Nabucco
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