NYC Gay Men's Chorus Acquires McNally to Pen "Out on Broadway" Concert

News   NYC Gay Men's Chorus Acquires McNally to Pen "Out on Broadway" Concert The New York City Gay Men's Chorus has nabbed playwright-librettist Terrence McNally (Ragtime, The Visit) to add his talents to their upcoming spring concert.

"Out on Broadway" — a joint effort with the Seattle Men's Chorus — will be performed by the 24-year-old ensemble at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, June 22 at 8 PM. The Seattle shows are set for June 25 and 26 at McCaw Hall (formerly known as the Seattle Opera House).

"I'm writing the 'book' for that, which is going to be [exploring] the attraction of the Broadway musical for gay men or maybe debunking that myth," McNally explained to Playbill On-Line. "I don't think everyone going to Hairspray and The Producers is gay. But people seem to think if your child likes musical comedy, he's going to end up a screaming queen. So I'm going to be having fun with that."

McNally will see the world premiere of his The Stendhal Syndrome open Feb. 16 at Primary Stages' new Off-Broadway home. The second act of the work is, in fact, set at a concert hall and centers on a well-known piece of music: Richard Wagner's "Triste und Isolde."

The playwrights work includes the Tony Award-winning plays and libretti Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Ragtime, Kiss of the Spiderwoman. Other works include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, The Full Monty, The Visit, Corpus Christi, The Lisbon Traviata, Andre’s Mother and Lips Together, Teeth Apart.

For tickets and more information on the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, visit www.nycgmc.org. The Seattle Men's Chorus is on the web at www.seattlemenschorus.org.

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