Boston Gay Men's Chorus Pride Concert Celebrates Best Of British Pop

The Boston Gay Men's Chorus (BGMC) presents God Save the Queens, a fun-filled, cheeky celebration of rock and pop royalty from across the pond. Coinciding with the start of Boston Pride Week, performances will take place Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 2, at 3 p.m. at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston.

From the Beatles and Bowie to Adele and Amy Winehouse, 'God Save the Queens' showcases some of the most influential artists and sounds in pop music from the last 50 years, said Reuben M. Reynolds, III, the Chorus's music director. These are the songs that generations of LGBT people worldwide have danced to, cried to, and come out to among many other activities that I won't mention here.

God Save the Queens, will feature songs spanning the British Invasion of the mid-1960s, the glam and New Wave years of the 1970s and 1980s, the rise of the Spice Girls in the 1990s, and the arrival of the likes of Coldplay, Amy Winehouse and Adele in the first decade of the 2000.

Expect BGMC's theatrical blend of homage, class, and camp in performances of classics including the Beatles' Good Day Sunshine, Petula Clark's Downtown, It's Not Unusual, by Tom Jones and Sir Elton John's Candle in the Wind, alongside iconic tunes like Culture Club's Karma Chameleon, Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics, and Wham!'s Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. Of course, there will be Queen's iconic anthems Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions.

The performances will take place at the start of the annual Boston Pride Week, the city's annual celebration of the LGBTQ community, which begins with a flag raising ceremony May 31 and culminates in the Boston Pride Parade on June 8.

There really is no better way to get in the spirit of Boston Pride than with 200 singing queens, said BGMC Executive Director Craig Coogan. Especially when they're performing songs by the Spice Girls.

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