The Three Rivers Music Theater is celebrating tonight with “True Colors: A Pride Cabaret” at the Embassy Theater.
Love and representation are the themes of the evening, says Andy Planck, executive artistic director of TRMT.
“This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the under-celebrated queer community in our region,” he says.
The songs planned for the cabaret cover a wide range of styles, from classic and contemporary Broadway numbers to pop and rock songs, including “Take Me or Leave Me” by “Rent”, “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge and “Born. This Way ”by Lady Gaga. “
“I hope there will be a little something for everyone,” says Planck, who directs the series.
Planck is thrilled that TRMT is working with Music Director David Snyder for the first time on this show.
As a self-proclaimed “Broadway geek,” Planck marvels at Snyder’s credits, which include orchestras, musicals, film scores, and working with performers such as Carol Channing, Debbie Reynolds, and Billy Porter. These days, Snyder is working at Sweetwater Sound.
Snyder’s arrangements and his ability to find suitable material for a singer make him an ideal candidate to work with TRMT, Planck says.
“Her ability to customize this show to suit each singer’s wheelhouse is really exciting,” says Planck.
The hosts of the evening are sure to excite the public. Local drag queens Tilda Whirl and Vera Vanderwoude have a background in theater and are performers at After Dark.
“Their performance skills are through the roof, and I can just promise a very entertaining evening with them both,” Planck says with a laugh. He hopes the public will take the opportunity to celebrate the LGBTQ + community with TRMT during Pride Month.
Two American Sign Language interpreters from DeafLink will be present at the show, thanks to a grant from the AWS Foundation.
“True Colors” is TRMT’s second cabaret show at the Embassy Theater in conjunction with the historic venue. A film-themed show slated for winter had to be canceled, but Planck is hoping it will be part of the 2021-22 season. He also hopes that TRMT can return to making full-length musicals. The season will be announced when all details are settled.