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It’s definitely an original idea. You take some of the most enduring love songs from the pop and R&B genre originally done by female artists and have them sung by men. Then you throw in a handful of the most powerful duets and have men sing to men. This is the gay old time that promises to be Gentlemen Preferred, the brainchild of Curtis Lipscomb, the founder of Kick – The Agency for Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Transgender African-Americans.
“The concept behind this event is the idea of love songs that have been traditionally performed by women to be by men in relation to same-gender-loving relationships,” said Lipscomb.
The production will be directed by Damon “Magic” Percy and stars local vocalists Eric King, Barry Parker and Richard Turner. The trio will be accompanied by KMO Soul, a local quartet, and three backing vocalists.
King, Parker and Turner, each a gifted vocalist in his own right, will put fresh, new spins on such classics as Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You),” Dinah Washington’s “What A Difference A Day Makes” and Anita Baker’s “Sweet Love.”
“We hope that each audience member can allow themselves to feel the emotions of each song and singer,” said Percy. “This musical will be a landmark for us as well as the community.”
The show will be split into three acts, including songs of unfulfilled love, songs of heartbreak and betrayal and songs of devotion. Also on the bill will be female impersonator Diva, who will emcee the event, and poet Day Day.