The Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol gets a new queer twist!
Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus presents A Christmas Carol: Haunted Homo Holiday with original music by CGMC Artistic Director James Morehead and book and lyrics by Ashlee Hardgrave in an updated LGBTQ+ journey through a seasonal favorite.
Featuring over 50 performers, the show will be presented virtually only December 4-6 with a special holiday singalong taking place directly after each performance.
This world premiere adaptation follows Ebenezer Scrooge through his journey to kindness and enlightenment accompanied by three colorful spirits.
“In our version, our spirits are very secure in their sexualities and gender identities,” said Morehead. “Why can’t the Ghosts of Holidays Past be a drag queen?”
The show’s music is completely original and was composed by Morehead with Hardgrave writing the book and lyrics. The duo worked through the original Dickens premise and decided what should stay and go.
“We discovered interesting ways to open characters up to options of sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Morehead.
Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus continues to fight against COVID-19 and bring fabulous holiday performances to our audience and beyond. Morehead and Hardgrave kept in mind how much time and energy everyone is spending on a screen nowadays while penning the show.
Audiences will not have to worry about sitting in front of a screen for too long. An editing team of six are helping to put the performances together. The cast has been working hard to rehearse, record, and perform.
“It’s very humbling to record yourself and submit files, and I applaud all the singers of CGMC for their extra work and perseverance,” said Morehead. CGMC is embracing all things that benefit an online presentation, so get ready for some fun virtual backgrounds, scenes, and a new and exciting audience chat feature during the performances.
A Christmas Carol: Haunted Homo Holiday is an exciting adventure that aims to get you in the holiday mood. It is certainly tough out there right now, but please join Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus for a few laughs and maybe even a special tune at the singalong directly following each performance. Visit cgmc.org/holiday for tickets.
When & where
Friday, December 4, 2020 at 8:00 PM CST – Virtual Performance
Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 8:00 PM CST – Virtual Performance
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 3:00 PM CST – Virtual Performance
Tickets range from $15 – $40 with an additional per ticket fee. Only one (1) viewing ticket per device, per household. Additional tickets must be purchased separately. Patrons will receive a specialized link to view the performance at their selected date and time. All sales are final – no refunds or exchanges.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit cgmc.org/holiday.