Singer, choreographer and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Todrick Hall will headline “Our Night Out,” an interactive evening of the arts, on Friday, June 14, organizers announced last week.
“Our Night Out” originally got its start four years ago as a coordinated marketing campaign to build audiences for the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Island City Stage and Stonewall National Museum & Archives and funded by the Knight Foundation.
Last year, the Wilton Manors event was introduced with the encouragement of the city to kick off the Stonewall Pride weekend. Hundreds of locals and visitors packed The Venue.
The Community Foundation of Broward stepped up with funding in 2019 to make the second annual “Our Night Out” bigger and better, Gay Men’s Chorus executive director Mark Kent told SFGN.
The evening at the Venue in Wilton Manors will once again begin at 7 p.m. with visual arts exhibits created by the members of ArtsUnited, the South Florida LGBTQ arts collective celebrating its 20thanniversary in 2019, as well as fashion shows, acrobats and aerialists, and interactive pop-up arts experiences. The concert by Hall, “America’s Got Talent” contestant Yoli Mayor, singers Heather Lundstedt, Jonathan Hawkins, Elle Emenopé and more will round out the program. VIP ticket holders will enjoy prime viewing for the performances later and meet-and-greets with performers.
Lightship Productions, the Oakland Park video production and creative agency, was charged with conceiving and producing the event.
Lightship’s Andy Perrott promised an unforgettable musical and visual journey of LGBT expression, featuring unique experiences, stunning lighting effects and creative projections that all lend themselves to a dramatic theatrical experience.
The best part, Island City Stage’s artistic director Andy Rogow emphasized, is advance tickets start at $20, allowing almost anyone to enjoy an evening of exciting music, dance and art. Following the show, guests may remain and dance the night away to the beats of a special guest DJ at the popular nightclub.
While “Our Night Out” has already become one of the most anticipated events of the Stonewall weekend, both Rogow and Kent agreed that the opportunity for the diverse local LGBT arts organizations to collaborate is definitely the most satisfying result of the effort.
Tickets for “Our Night Out” on Friday, June 14 at the Venue, 2345 Wilton Dr.in Wilton Manors, are $20 general admission and $80 VIP at Facebook.com and Eventbrite.com.