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The Hallelujah Chorus – Thank You!

Jul 3, 2014

Following last week’s hometown shows at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, we’ve posted a series of photos of The Hallelujah Chorus, those wonderful and generous fans who contributed to Rufus’ Pledge campaign to finance the recording of Prima Donna, and were invited on stage with Rufus for their Pledge.

Have a look at the photos — from shows in London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Montreal — here. Thanks to everyone who took part!

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Join The Hallelujah Chorus In Montreal! / Faites partie de La chorale Hallelujah!

Jun 25, 2014

Earlier this year, in London, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, groups of fans joined Rufus on stage to perform “Hallelujah”, the Leonard Cohen classic that Rufus has made his own since recording it for the Shrek soundtrack more than a decade ago. Dubbed the Hallelujah Chorus, these events were exclusives offered as part of the Pledge Campaign to raise funds to record Rufus’ first opera, Prima Donna.

That campaign has come to a close (successfully!), but the opportunity to perform with Rufus during his three upcoming dates in his hometown of Montreal is still available! If you have a ticket to one of his shows at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde on June 27, 28 or 29 and you’d like to participate, please visit PledgeMusic.com now to secure your spot!

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Cette année, Rufus a invité plusieurs de ses fans à le rejoindre sur scène pour interpréter Hallelujah, un classique de Leonard Cohen. Ce qu’on appelle désormais la Chorale Hallelujah fait partie du Pledge Music Campaing créé pour ramasser des fonds afin de produire l’enregistrement du premier opera de Rufus, Prima Donna.

La campagne de financement a heureusement atteint son objectif mais l’opportunité de monter sur scène avec Rufus est toujours possible! Si vous avez votre billet pour un des spectacles qu’il présentera au Théâtre du Nouveau Monde les 27, 28 ou 29 juin prochains, confirmer votre présence en allant sur le site PledgeMusic.com.

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Moscow Show Postponed

Jun 25, 2014

Rufus’ concert on July 10 at the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre has been postponed to September 18, 2014 due to flooding at the venue.

Tickets for the July 10 show will be honored on the new date.

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NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Jun 21, 2014

Rufus has added two new tour dates! On August 17, Rufus will be joined by his sister Martha for a performance in Amagansett, NY. On October 18, Rufus will take the stage in Annapolis, MD. Presale tickets for both shows are on sale now through RufusWainwright.com.

For all of Rufus’ current tour dates, please visit the Tour page.

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IF I LOVED YOU AT LUMINATO REPORT

Jun 17, 2014

This past Saturday night at the Sony Center for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Rufus and a star-studded cast of male entertainers graced the stage with the world premiere of If I Loved You:  Gentleman Prefer Broadway. Conceived and created by Rufus himself, the show saw Rufus and his special guests backed by conductor/musical director Stephen Oremus and a 40-piece orchestra as they performed some of Broadway’s best known love songs.

From the moment Rufus first appeared on stage in a gold lame jacket to introduce the night and sing Cole Porters’ “I Hate Men”, through two hours of duets and solo performances by the likes of Boy George, Josh Groban, David Byrne, Steven Page, Ezra Koenig, Brennan Hall and Brent Carver (more than ably filling in for the absent Andrew Rannells at the last moment), wrapping up with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” in honour of Boy George’s 53rd and finally a full-cast run through of “Summer Lovin’” from Grease, it was a spectacular evening and wonderful end to this year’s Luminato Festival.

We’ve added a handful of photos from the night to the Gallery, and you can check out reviews and video at GlobalNews.ca, Pitchfork.com, RollingStone.com, Spin.com and TheStar.com.

The complete program for If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway:

Act I

“I Hate Men” – Rufus Wainwright
From Kiss Me Kate
Music And Lyrics by Cole Porter

“People Will Say We’re In Love” – Duet with David Byrne
From Oklahoma
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

“Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered”) – David Byrne
From Pal Joey
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

“Every Day A Little Death” – Duet with Brent Carver
From A Little Night Music
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

“I’ve Never Been In Love Before” – Duet with Steven Page
From Guys And Dolls
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

“I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face” – Rufus Wainwright
From My Fair Lady
Music by Frederick Loewe, Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

“All I Ask Of You” – Duet with Brennan Hall
From Phantom of the Opera
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Charles Hart

“I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” – Brennan Hall
From South Pacific
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

“My Man’s Gone Now” – Boy George
From Porgy and Bess
Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward

“Boy Wanted/Soon” – Duet with Boy George
Medley from My One And Only
Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin

“If I Loved You” – Duet with Josh Groban
From Carousel
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Act II

“We Kiss In A Shadow” – Duet with Ezra Koenig
From The King and I
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

“There Once Was A Man” – Duet with Steven Page
From The Pajama Game
Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross

“As Long As He Needs Me” – Steven Page
From Oliver!
Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart

“Wunderbar” – Duet with Brennan Hall
From Kiss Me Kate
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

“The Music That Makes Me Dance” – Brent Carver
From Funny Girl
Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Bob Merrill

“Old Fashioned Wedding” – Duet with Brent Carver
From Annie Get Your Gun
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin

“Sue Me” – Duet with Ezra Koenig
From Guys And Dolls
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

“Move On” – Duet with Josh Groban
From Sunday In The Park With George
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

“Someone Else’s Story” – Josh Groban
From Chess
Music by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, Lyrics by Tim Rice

“Something Good” – Duet with David Byrne
From the Sound Of Music (film)
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

“You’re The Top” – Duet with Boy George
From Anything Goes
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

“Can’t Help Loving That Man” – Rufus Wainwright
From Show Boat
Music by Jerome Kern, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

“Somewhere” – Rufus Wainwright & Company
From West Side Story
Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

“Summer Lovin’” – Rufus Wainwright & Company
From Grease
Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

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PLEDGE CAMPAIGN SUCCESS!

Jun 6, 2014

Champagne all around! Earlier this week, Rufus’ Pledge campaign to record his first opera, Prima Donna, reached 100% of its goal! The project is now guaranteed to proceed, and the countdown to the release of the recording has begun!

Pledgers can visit the campaign page to read a message of thanks from Rufus, but all of us at RufusWainwright.com would like to offer our thanks as well, and our congratulations to Rufus!

Who wants another glass?

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From Rufus With Love: The Final Push To Reach The Prima Donna Campaign Goal And Great Discounts

May 27, 2014

Dear Fans,

On my way to sunny Florida to visit my lovely aunt Teddy and then back to Toronto for a few days. Still learning the Broadway Love Duets, have been working a lot on Hadrian with the librettist Daniel McIvor and keenly watching the PledgeMusic.com campaign for Prima Donna. I am proud to say we reached over 90% and still have 13 days to go. This is a huge and big YEAH to everyone of you who has supported me through this process. It really means so much. But I have never been really a 90% guy as you probably know. I think there are still some pretty nice exclusives out there and so I wanted to point a few out and give you my personal reasons why you should get them and support the making of this opera recording. And I encourage you to read on as there is a massive surprise at the end of this newsletter!

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Wedding Portrait: I know it is so 20th century to get married but hey it is a new thing for us gays and so stop being cynical about this old Christian institution!

Prima Donna Costume Renderings from Antony McDonald: We just put these on so you might not have discovered them yet. So I won’t tell you how much you will regret not having gotten them once the campaign is over.

Gail Kenney Photos of Myself: I know it sounds almost like a song title of mine. I don’t know what you think, but I think I was a pretty cute kid. And that is all I will say.

Hallelujah Chorus in Montreal: Well, hello? My hometown and this is not flying off the wall? Do you really want to fall behind London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and let this go down? You can even sing the chorus in French if you want. Please Montreal, do not let me down.

Impresario Credit: Be the noblest of supporters of this project and get recognized as such. Who did not want to be part of the music business at some point?

Down Under Hallelujah Chorus: Hey guys down there. Are you alive or is winter just too cold? We put these up as there was complaints that none of the fabulous exclusives where you can participate would work for you. And now you are not buying these? I thought you wanted to see me down there once again in the future.

Wedding stuff: It was definitely one of the most beautiful and most important days in my life. What can I say. These are memories that Jorn and I will cherish forever and wanted to share with you. Montauk, where we got married, is the place that keeps me sane where a lot of my music comes from.

Okay, and here comes the best news: during these last days I decided that we would do a little sale on select items. 50% off! It is not a Memorial Day sale, not a President’s Day sale, but better, way better: Rufus Day sale. The items on sale are many of the stage clothing items, many of the costume renderings, the Skype concert, and so much more. Even the private concert and the song about you. How about it? I want to bring this campaign to a successful end as I think you, my fans, want this as well. You have done so much for the campaign and now you deserve a little treat. It has been a fascinating process for me to embark on this and I hope we will not collapse before we hit the finish line!

The least you can do is buy the digital download for $15 US (we won’t be able to change that price as so many have already been bought).

Let the fireworks begin!

Love, Rufus

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