Bob Evans | AXS.com
Dust off the vocal pipes, clap hands, snap fingers, sing along, and laugh a lot when viewing the Heartland Men’s Chorus in their Kansas City Fringe Festival 2015 entry, “Big Gay Sing,” that entertained many in its three day weekend run at Kansas City’s historic Union Station.
Drag Queens, Daisy Buckët and Summer Tryst acted as mistresses of ceremony and also preformed to the delight of the audiences. Heartland Men’s Chorus brought an abbreviated number of members to the songfest for the Fringe Festival.
According to their Fringe blurb, “Come sing your heart out with the gays! ‘Big Gay Sing!’ is a fun-filled, sing-a-long-tastic evening complete with all of your favorite big gay songs. This collision of karaoke bar and choir concert features fabulous singers, a live band, lyrics on the screen for you to sing along and special guest soloists and first-time drag performers straight from the audience. Join Heartland Men’s Chorus and host, Kansas City’s songstress drag queen, Daisy Buckët, in a concert event where you are the star.”
The show was fast paced, fun and full of audience members singing along and signaling approval with tons of laughter, clapping and loud singing. This performance differs from the HMC’s normal concert format where they present longer concert-style shows throughout the year. This show delivered fast-paced music, happy music, and encouraged the audience to sing their hearts out.
“Big Gay Sing” stands as one of the contenders for Best of Venue with packed performances and strong ticket sales. The show stands out as one of the premiere musical entries of the 2015 KC Fringe.
About the Fringe: The Kansas City Fringe Festival begins its second decade with this year’s slate of performances. The 2015 festival opens with a night of “Teasers” on Thursday, July 17. Performances begin on Friday, July 18 and run through July 26. Some shows present three times, while others have 4-6 performances. No all shows occur on consecutive days or at the same times. To be admitted to the Fringe, patrons need to purchase a Fringe button for $5. To purchase individual show tickets, the Fringe button needs to be shown. Fringe buttons are available at all venues.
Fringe shows run at about a dozen different venues throughout the Kansas City, Missouri downtown and midtown areas. Shows range from comedies, dramas, musicals, vocals, instrumentals, stand up, improvisation, burlesque and more. Many shows make their debut at the Fringe in hopes of further development and productions.
Most Fringe shows are 60 minutes. A few Fringe shows are 90 minutes. Further information is available through the Fringe official website.