Boston Gay Men’s Chorus tributes pretty boys of pop

The Boston Gay Men's Chorus
The Boston Gay Men's Chorus, more than 150 voices strong, performs on March 18 and 19 in Boston's Jordan Hall. Photo by Izzy Berdan Photography.

Billing themselves as “the ultimate boy band” — with more than 150 baritones and tenors strong — The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) is proudly presenting “Let’s Hear It for the Boys,” a “raucous revue saluting generations of pop music’s pretty boys, from the Beatles to Pharrell Williams — along with rock radio staples like David Bowie, Journey, Queen and Coldplay.”

Show times are 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, located at 30 Gainsborough Street in Boston. For tickets ($25-$100), go to www.bgmc.org or call (617) 542-SING (7464)

“As we mark our 35th anniversary this year,” said Reuben M. Reynolds III, the Chorus’s music director, “we’re excited to pay tribute to the artists and bands that inspired us, uplifted us, and — depending on one’s age and the decade—made us swoon. Let’s Hear It for the Boys is a celebration of bands and artists that shaped us.”

Notes the official release:

BGMC will put its unique stamp on classics like the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys, David Bowie’s “Life on Mars,” and the Jackson 5’s “The Love You Save.” The Chorus will also perform hits by disco-era gay icons The Village People, the late legend George Michael, 1990’s heartthrobs NSYNC, and more recent chart-topping boy bands One Direction and A Great Big World. BGMC will also treat crowds to Journey’s classic ballad “Open Arms,” Coldplay’s buoyant “A Sky Full of Stars,” and Pharrell Williams’ infectious “Happy”—in addition to other surprises.

“This show is basically an epic boy band playlist come to life,” said Craig Coogan, Executive Director of the Chorus. “It’s just one irresistible pop hit after another. For a few nights at least, chorus members will get to be the pop stars they dreamed of becoming — or just dreamed about, period — as youngsters. Audiences will love the free-spirited energy of ‘Let’s Hear It for the Boys.’”