LGBT Pride Month Means Showtime in St. Louis
St. Louis’ June 28-29 PrideFest may be weeks away, but more LGBT events and performances are coming up in the next few days.
Beginning Thursday night, Stray Dog Theatre presents “Love! Valour! Compassion!" to be staged every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through June 28 at South City's Tower Grove Abbey.
The Terrence McNally play, about eight gay men celebrating the summer holidays in a lakeside vacation home, opened in New York City in 1994. The next year, it made it to Broadway, winning the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
“Love! Valour! Compassion!” is for mature audiences only. But here’s all-ages-appropriate trailer from the 1997 film version, featuring Jason Alexander. (Story continues below.)
This Friday and Saturday nights, the Gateway Men’s Chorus reaches back 30 years in music history to present “The 80's Show!” The musical journey at Washington University’s Edison Theatre includes hits from Cyndi Lauper, John Cougar Mellencamp, The Bangles, Wham! and Michael Jackson.
The performance also recalls a decade when HIV/AIDS first appeared, and gay choruses emerged to provide a safe haven and sense of community during a confusing and often painful era.
The Gateway Men’s Chorus will perform again at the June 28-29 St. Louis PrideFest on Saturday at 1:45 p.m. The PrideFest entertainment Saturday lineup also includes God Des & She at 5 p.m. and headliner Alex Newell at 8:50. Sunday’s musical offerings include headliners Betty Who at 5:15 p.m. and MTKO at 6:30 p.m.
Stray Dog Theatre’s ‘Love! Valour! Compassion!’
Where: Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Ave., 63104
When: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 12-28. One 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, June 28
How much: $20
Tickets/Information: Stray Dog website
Gateway Men’s Chorus’ ‘The 80's Show!’
Where: Edison Theatre at Washington University
When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 13-14
How much: $25
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets
Information: GMC website
St. Louis PrideFest
Where: Soldiers Memorial, downtown St. Louis
When: Noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28; 1-7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29; parade 11 a.m. Sunday, June 29
How much: Free
Information: PrideFest website