Seattle Men’s Chorus celebrates Pride weekend with 50 Years of British Rock in God Save the Queens. The production runs two nights only, June 22-23, and features Prince Poppycock from NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
From the swinging ‘60s to today’s biggest hits, SMC promises a British invasion so lush and flashy, that it edges on revolutionary. God Save the Queens takes a musical journey through UK artists that have reigned supreme–from The Beatles, Queen, and Elton John, to Coldplay, Adele, and One Direction. SMC’s guest artist is Prince Poppycock, pop singer, performance artist, and 2010 final-four contestant from America’s Got Talent.
A store clerk-turned-singer, 30-something John Quale created his flamboyant, commedia dell’arte alter ego, Prince Poppycock, a roguish operatic dandy with a look and sound that combines elements of glam rock, light opera, synth pop, and Western art music. Sometimes fresh, sometimes startling, but always entertaining, PP is obviously, a lover of spectacle.
Looking as though he belongs in the court of Louis XIV or ready to sashay into a 17th British salon for fops, after anointing himself with a stash of glitter, PP’s vocal chops are a baritone-tenor mashup of opera and musical theatre. Then envision an over-the-top, powdered Baroque wig or a sparkling pouf of Boy George hair, Bette Davis’ make-up for Baby Jane, Drew Barrymore’s chin, and surplus of gay panache. Prince Poppycock even bears a slight resemblance to President Trump’s second wife, Marla Maples.
On NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Sharon Osbourne dubbed him “the male Lady Gaga” for his flashy individuality. PP has opened for bands like the Dresden Dolls and The Sounds; sung at extravagant special events like New York’s Dances of Vice; and opened for performance art legend Ann Magnuson at downtown LA’s prestigious Redcat Theater. PP showed his support for the Trevor Project, a nationwide non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, through his “It Gets Better” video.
BTW, Poppycock is English cant for nonsense.
Seattle Men’s Chorus’s God Save the Queens plays two performances only at McCaw Hall on June 22 and 23 at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$78 and available at www.seattlechoruses.org or over the phone at (206) 388-1400. The Seattle area box office is open Monday through Friday, 11:00am-6:00pm.
About Seattle Men’s Chorus/Seattle Women’s Chorus
The internationally renowned Seattle Men’s Chorus (founded 1979) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (founded 2002) comprise the largest community choral organization in North America. Both choruses stand out as the largest LGBTQ-identified men’s and women’s choruses in the world. The choruses comprise one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest, most vibrant and successful music organizations, performing in Seattle’s most prestigious venues for an annual audience of more than 30,000 patrons. Flying House Productions is the not-for-profit organization that governs and manages the Choruses. Collectively there are over 600 singing members along with staff, volunteers, and associate members who support both Choruses. They are a leading voice for the LGBTQ community and offer more than 30 outreach events and main stage concert performances annually.
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