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A brilliant rainbow tribute to ‘Judy’ from Homosexual Males’s Refrain of Washington, DC


Underneath the proficient management of Inventive Director Thea Kano, the Homosexual Males’s Refrain of Washington, DC has been entertaining the DC Metropolitan space for many years. Identified for his or her witty and inventive ensemble performances, the group selected the long-lasting Judy Garland as the topic of their most up-to-date live performance, Judy, a pleasant cabaret tribute.

Jarrod Bennett singing ‘Over the Rainbow’; Jonathan Chaffin singing ‘A Foggy Day (in London City)’; Rinaldo Martinez singing ‘The Trolley Music’ in Homosexual Males’s Refrain of Washington, DC’s cabaret ‘Judy.’ Pictures by Michael Key.

Whereas fewer performers had been concerned on this cabaret than in a typical CMCW live performance, there was nonetheless loads of glitz — and who can resist pink sequins on a black stage? Every performer delivered to the stage their very own private connection to a Garland tune, accompanied by a jazz trio with Ephriam Wolfolk on bass, Mark Carson on drums, and music director and cabaret pianist Alex Tang.

Oddly sufficient, the spotlight of the present for me was not “Over the Rainbow,” as one would possibly count on. As a substitute, I discovered one of the best efficiency within the Garland/Streisand duet, “Get Joyful/Joyful Days Are Right here Once more,” splendidly and powerfully sung by Michael Dumlao and Jamie Hillis. Their rendition was show-stopping. One other stellar performer was Gabriel Lopez, whose rendition of “The Man That Acquired Away” was merely gorgeous. Honorable point out goes to Ellery Rhodes, who sang “Have Your self a Merry Little Christmas” with a stunning tone and sentiment.

This 12 months marks the a centesimal anniversary of Judy Garland’s beginning. She was an emblematic performer, with character and expertise on a grand scale, contained in a four-foot-eleven-inch bundle. Fifty years after her dying, her legacy definitely lives on. The Homosexual Males’s Refrain of Washington, DC’s cabaret tribute confirmed us that the rainbow nonetheless shines brilliant.

Working Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

Judy: A cabaret celebrating the music of Judy Garland performed one evening solely on October 22, 2022, introduced by the Homosexual Males’s Refrain of Washington, DC acting at The Vault, Capital One Corridor, 7750 Capital One Tower Street, Tysons, VA.

For details about future performances see GMCW’s 2022/23 season calendar.

Judy: A cabaret celebrating the music of Judy Garland
Director/Inventive Director: Thea Kano
Pianist/Music Director: Alex Tang
Percussion: Mark Carson
Bass: Ephriam Wolfolk

Music Record
Jonathan Chaffin – “A Foggy Day (in London City)”
Chuck Willett – “Hiya, Bluebird”
Adam Edgerton – “Come Rain or Come Shine”
Rinaldo Martinez – “The Trolley Music”
Rob Corridor – “Smile”
Ellery Rhodes – “Have Your self a Merry Little Christmas”
Zachary Barger – “Perhaps This Time”
Giancarlo D’Elia – “It By no means Was You”
Michael Aylward – “Nearly Like Being In Love/This Can’t Be Love”
Michael Dumlao & Jamie Hillis – “Get Joyful/Joyful Days Are Right here Once more”
Jarrod Bennett – “Over the Rainbow”
Gabriel Lopez – “The Man That Acquired Away”
Kevin Thomason – “By Myself”

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