Rufus Wainwright teams up with Grammy- and Tony-winning music director Stephen Oremus to redefine dozens of the most beloved gems in the Great American Songbook, all love songs from Broadway musicals.
Glitzy showbiz thrills of the highest order
In their original productions, these songs were performed as duets by a man and a woman, or by a man singing about a woman. Wainwright's recontextualizations, performed exclusively by men and to men, fortify the song's universality as expressions of love.
Many of these treasured numbers were crafted by some of the Broadway's most legendary gay men: Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Jerry Herman, Lorez Hart. Other songs, like Rodgers and Hammerstein's "We Kiss in a Shadow" from The King and I
, have long beel claimed as anthems by the gay community. The groundbreaking evening will showcase Wainwright and an insternational spectrum of pop, rock, classical and musical theatre stars. Drawing on a century of stage hits and featuring a full Broadway orchestra, If I Loved You
will also serve as a wonderful prelude as Toronto hosts the first WorldPride ever celebrated in North America.