Hart Felt -
Gay Men's Chorus of Washington performs Rodgers and Hart
"Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart left a legacy of over
550 songs, which included eight movies and eight Broadway musicals,"
Jeff Buhrman, Artistic Director of the Gay Men's Chorus
of Washington. "And it's fascinating to see that these songs from the
1920s, '30s and '40s are just as relevant in today's world."
The Gay Men's Chorus will celebrate that lasting legacy over the next
weekends with "Wait 'Til You See Him: An Evening of Rodgers &
Hart," an intimate cabaret-style evening of song featuring eight
from the chorus.
"Though Lorenz Hart died sixty years ago, his lyrics speak to our
times, and especially to the gay community," says Buhrman, who along
chorus member Chip Crews, culled through hundreds of Rodgers and Hart
selections to arrive at the 45 highlights chosen for the evening. The
includes such popular standards as "My Funny Valentine" and
"Many of the songs, even the classics, are not as well known as Rodgers
and Hammerstein songs," says Buhrman, "But they couldn't be any more
different. Hammerstein is a sentimentalist. His songs are filled with
and wholesome living. His lyrics epitomize romantic love. Hart is
sentimental at the same time."
Hammerstein's musical style adapted to Hart's lyrics, says Buhrman.
people who just know Rodgers as half of Rodgers and Hammerstein, it's
to understand that the man was essentially two extremely different and
extraordinary composers. Writing with Hart there was a beautiful
the melodies he composed."
The cabaret is framed around love, from the gay male perspective.
every category is covered, says Buhrman, "from the couple who have been
together for fifteen years to the single man on the make to the
newlyweds to the confirmed pessimist."
"Wait 'Til You See Him: An Evening of Rodgers &
Hart," this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29 & 30 at 8 p.m., and on
Saturday, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. At the Frances and Armand Hammer
Auditorium in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street NW. Tickets
Call 202-397-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.