Monday, December 24, 2007

Coming Out at Christmas

The London Gay Men's Chorus singing a new version of Hark the Herald at the Barbican Theatre, London during Make the Yuletide Gay, their Christmas show in December 2006.

Season's greetings to everyone for the LGBT History Month team!

The song was written by New York-based actor, playwright, activist, Craig Sturgis in 1992, using Felix Mendelssohn's Hark the Herald Angels Sing as a basis. Sturgis has often hung new words upon old notes and amongst his other songs are, Jock Itch, Gays for Days and Gay Getaway. His work is popular with the New York Gay Men's Chorus.

Dean X Johnson, who was Assistant Musical Director for the New York Gay Men's Chorus, and accompanist to many Broadway stars including Elaine Stritch, Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli, made an arrangment for the New York Gay Men's Chorus, which was also used by the London Gay Men's Chorus for their Christmas show in 2005 and 2006. Dean also worked with Eartha Kitt at London's Piccadilly Theatre and at Carnegie Hall. Dean died in 1998 aged only 44.

Coming Out On Christmas

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