CONNECTICUT CRITICS CIRCLE
It's Raining Men!
WEATHER FORECAST: "IT'S RAINING MEN!"
Even if you're a faithful listener to Dr. Mel and Geoff Fox, you've probably never heard a weather
report that predicted "It's Raining Men!" Yet, that is exactly the prognostication for Saturday, April 19
at precisely 8 p.m. when the Connecticut Gay Men's Chorus, complete with umbrellas, will take the
stage of New Haven's Shubert Theater.
The CGMC has already defied the odds on snow, sleet, hail and hurricanes to bring their new spring
show "It's Raining Men!" to The Bushnell in Hartford, The Ridgefield Playhouse and the Norwalk
Concert Hall. The last stop on the tour is New Haven and the forecast is for funny and sentimental, a
journey back to the 1970's, when groups like ABBA and the Bee Gees reigned supreme.
If you're a "Mamma Mia" fan, the first medley will be right up your ABBA tribute alley as the CGMC
sings such tunes as "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.." "Thank You For the Music," "Take a Chance on
Me," I Have a Dream" and the title song.
Joe Evangelista does double duty as Senator Hillary Clinton serenading Senator Obama with "Don't
Cry Out Loud" and again as Liza Minelli bingeing and obsessing in "New York, New York."
Senators must have been the unofficial theme of the evening as Ryan Johnson did a hilarious takeoff
on Senator Larry Craig's problem in a Minnesota airport men's room in "Knock Three Times." The
CGMC is known for its timely and irreverent humor. Periodic appearances by Andy Warhol, courtesy
of David Lindsey, reading from his memoirs punctuated the musical proceedings.
The Latin beat of salsa pulsated through the number "Cuba," thanks to Neil Fuentes, Jeffrey Currey
and Jonathan Jay. The choreography designed by Lesley Gallagher combined with Tim McAdams'
colorful costuming made the evening sparkle, under the careful direction of gust music director Greg
For tickets ($30-35) call 1-800-644-CGMC or online at www.ctgmc.org. ; The Shubert Theater is
located at 247 College Street, New Haven (exit 46 off I-95).
Future shows include "After-Easter Bonnet Bingomania" on Saturday, April 12 with bingo games
beginning at 7 p.m. $20 admission includes all game cards, and food and drink are available for
purchase. Prizes will be given for Easter Bonnets worn, presented by host Joan Crawford and her
children Christina and Christopher. The event takes place once a month (next dates are 5/17, 6/21
and 7/26) at the Annex Club, 554 Woodward Avenue, New Haven (off I-95).
On May 31, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at The Annex Club, the CGMC will sponsor "Dixie's Tupperware
Party" which promises to be nothing like the Tupperware parties your grandmother attended. This
show is direct from a sold-out off-Broadway run. For tickets ($20), call CGMC or online at their web
Don your pinstripes and plaids, your sequins and satins, and prepare to boogie with the best of the
men of the CGMC as they "reign" supreme.
This review originally appeared in The Middletown Press.