This year marks the 100th anniversary of Judy Garland’s birth. One of America’s most beloved performers, she was a true triple threat. As an actress, singer, and dancer, she lit up in front of an audience or a camera, turned on her charm, threw out zingers, and belted out songs in her velvety, tremulous contralto. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington is dedicating its autumn cabaret to this torch singer, one of the most endearing LGBTQ icons. “You can’t beat her repertoire as far as all that she performed over the years, both onscreen and onstage,” says the chorus’ artistic director Thea Kano. “Happy Days Are Here Again,” “The Trolley Song,” and “The Man That Got Away,” in addition to the iconic “Over the Rainbow,” are only some of the classic Garland songs planned for the Oct. 22 performance with 14 soloists sharing humorous, touching, and personal anecdotes about their chosen song selections and their connections to the entertainer. “We want the audience to learn a little something about the performer and we want everyone to learn something new about Judy,” Kano adds. She also promises a few surprises and a lot of red sequins, too. Judy kicks off GMCW’s “phenomenal” season celebrating powerhouse women performers including Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton. Judy runs at 5 p.m. (ASL performance) and 8 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Capital One Hall. gmcw.org. $45.
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