Brian Justin Crum and Alaysha Fox will join GMCLA’s QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) today announced that Brian Justin Crum (Broadway’s Wicked and Next to Normal) and rising LA Opera star Alaysha Fox (LA Opera’s Aida) will be the special guest stars of QUEEN of the night, featuring the greatest hits from the legendary critically acclaimed band Queen. This long-awaited rock extravaganza is mixed with energetic opera and dance numbers performed by the Chorus. GMCLA is thrilled to present its second concert of Season 43 at Royce Hall following the successful engagement of the choir from A Holiday Homecoming at UCLA’s premier venue. QUEEN of the night is scheduled for two concerts only: Saturday April 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday April 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at GMCLA.org.

The full choir sings over a dozen iconic Queen and Freddie Mercury songs. Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love and We Will Rock You are some of the best pop/rock anthems ever written, and the Chorus brings them to life like you’ve never heard them before. This two-act show features four production dance numbers that only GMCLA can truly deliver, including I Want to Break Free (previously banned on MTV). A sprinkling of gorgeous tunes and Mercury’s exquisite Barcelona complete a spectacular blend of rock and opera. GMCLA Music Director and Conductor Ernest H. Harrison will conduct the choir, with choreography by Janet Roston.

“We’ve been trying to get Brian Justin Crum to join us for three years, and it finally happened! Anyone who’s seen him on ‘America’s Got Talent’ knows he has a monster voice, and in the queen cannon, he has very few equals,” said GMCLA executive director and producer Lou Spisto. “The fact that he spoke his truth on one of the biggest TV shows seen in the world was huge for the LGBTQ+ community, and that makes her appearance with GMCLA all the more meaningful. Alaysha Fox is part of the incredible LA Opera and a rising star in the opera world who keeps winning major vocal competitions. We can’t wait to present it to our audience. Brian will join the choir to sing in several Queen songs and Alaysha will join in some beloved tunes – when they reunite with GMCLA for Freddie’s Barcelona, ​​we’ll be going up the roof at Royce Hall.”

Brian Justin Crum became a viral sensation with his cover of Radiohead’s Creep on “America’s Got Talent”, amassing over 100 million views online, and Somebody to Love and Never Enough, which entered the iTunes Pop Charts. He’s had a long career in the arts, making his Broadway debut at just 18 in Wicked. He starred alongside Tony Award-winning Alice Ripley and Brian d’Arcy James in Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal and Queen’s rock theater We Will Rock You, where he was able to produce alongside original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor. like Grease and The Addams Family. Her debut single, Show Me Love, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Dance Charts and was named a top 10 dance record alongside Rihanna, Dua Lipa and Ed SHeeran. He will return to the music scene this fall with Children of Eden by Stephen Schwartz alongside Deborah Cox and Norm Lewis in Chicago.

Soprano Alaysha Fox is an emerging artist based in Los Angeles. Currently, Ms. Fox is a member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. This fall, she makes her main stage debut at LA Opera in Verdi’s Aida as a priestess. Last summer, Ms. Fox joined the Santa Fe Opera’s apprentice singer program, where she sang the role of bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro. Recently Ms. Fox was seen as Erstes Mädchen in Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen with the LA Philharmonic.

QUEEN of the night premieres Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Tickets are available at GMCLA.org starting at $30 . Intermission refreshments will be on sale on Royce Hall’s beautiful West Terrace. For detailed venue information, visit RoyceHall.org/visit.

All patrons attending a performance at Royce Hall at UCLA will be required to provide proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination (primary round of vaccination and booster, if eligible for the booster) or provide proof of a negative laboratory PCR test within 48 hours or a negative laboratory antigen test within 24 hours of entering the site. A medical grade surgical mask or high quality respirator must be worn at all times. More information on safety and health policies related to COVID-19 at Royce Hall can be found here.

Season 43 of GMCLA concludes with a milestone event, TAKING FLIGHT, on August 13-14, 2022, featuring co-commissioned aGMCLA and the Los Angeles premiere, Songs of the Phoenix. This major new work was curated by Grammy and Tony nominated composer Andrew Lippa (I Am Harvey Milk) and written by 13 diverse and talented songwriters and composers, including legends Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim. The Choir also performs complementary music from the world of musical theater and contemporary composers. Songs of the Phoenix celebrates the beauty of combat – it’s about the heart, the return of laughter, the light and the lifting of voices. Special guest artists and single ticket sales will be announced at a later date.

A digital streaming presentation of QUEEN of the night will be available shortly after the live performances. Details will be announced at a later date..

Season 43 of GMCLA is supported by a major grant from the LA Arts Recovery Fund.

Additional support for GMCLA is provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and WeHo Arts, City of West Hollywood.

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