'It Gets Better' movement to spawn national touring show
The anti-bullying movement known as "It Gets Better" has become a success on the Internet, drawing support from President Obama, professional athletes and Hollywood celebrities. Now the project is spawning a live touring show that will travel the nation and feature members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.
Organizers said that the live show, scheduled to kick off this fall, will feature a blend of music, theater and multimedia. The show will tell the story of a young gay teenager contemplating his life and will feature contemporary pop music, according to Chris Verdugo, interim executive director of the Gay Men's Chorus of L.A.
The show is expected to have a three-day preliminary run in L.A. and will travel to venues in Iowa, New York, Pennsylvania and other states. The exact venues and dates will be announced at a later time.
Proceeds from performances will benefit the It Gets Better Project and the chorus' Alive Music Project, an in-school outreach program.
"It Gets Better" has targeted bullying at schools in response to a number of suicides involving gay youth. The movement has featured online video testimonials from prominent political and entertainment figures.
The Gay Men's Chorus of L.A. created its own "It Gets Better" video in 2010.
-- David Ng
Photo: Members of the Gay Men's Chorus of L.A. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times