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VIDEOS: "It Gets Better" touring show to blend music, theater, multimedia

LOS ANGELES – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and the It Gets Better Project today announced a partnership in collaboration with Speak Theater Arts to develop an original national touring show.

“It Gets Better” will blend music, theater and multimedia into a live stage production that promotes hope and an anti-bullying dialogue. It will bring the timely, powerful message of the It Gets Better Project to communities across the country.

The production launches for the 2012-13 season with performances already booked in Iowa, Pennsylvania and Washington with more locations to be announced soon.

The touring production also features a weeklong series of community programs, including extensive high school outreach and performance work with a local community choir. Interested communities may inquire at info@dlartists.com for information on being a part of the tour.

The public is invited to support the development of this show and its vital message by donating money though Kickstarter.com.

“We are thrilled to bring the incredible artistic talents of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles to such an important national initiative,” said John Duran, chair of the chorus’ board of directors and Mayor of West Hollywood. “For more than 33 years the members of the chorus have stood as testament of hope to young people, and now they are so excited to connect as artists with It Gets Better."

“We could not be more excited to collaborate with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles on this compelling project,” said Seth Levy of the It Gets Better Project. “We strongly believe in the potential for our two organizations to create a powerful, entertaining platform for this important message.”

The inspiration for “It Gets Better” began in October 2010 with the chorus’ video submission of a performance of the song “True Colors” to the then month-old It Gets Better Project. The incredible response to the video, which to date has received more than 650,000 hits, prompted chorus leadership to reach out to the It Gets Better Project team about more opportunities for collaboration.

“It Gets Better” is being developed by a creative team led for the chorus by Liesel Reinhart of Speak Theater Arts (STA).

“First and foremost, ‘It Gets Better’ will be a dynamic night of music and theater, but the larger goal is to inspire audiences to question the dangerous climate of bullying that is still tolerated in schools, homes and mass media,” said Reinhart, who is also directing the show.

Proceeds from performances will benefit the It Gets Better Project and chorus’ Alive Music Project, an in-school outreach program in the Greater Los Angeles area whose mission is to open hearts, change minds and end bullying through the universal language of music.

“It Gets Better” engagements are managed exclusively by David Lieberman/Artists/Representatives ( HEREwww.dlartists.com).

For more information about “It Gets Better,” please contact Liesel Reinhart at lieselreinhart@gmail.com or Chris Verdugo at 424-239-6499.