David Bowie

Finding their true voices in the Trans Chorus

Finding their true voices in the Trans Chorus

Lindsey Deaton cues members of the chorus with rhythmic strums of her guitar as she leads them through an elaborate passion play. Onstage above her, no palm fronds or crucifixes. Instead, perched on a purple splatter-painted prop box and glistening with sweat and body glitter under the spotlight, tenor Abdullah Hall rips into the opening lines of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream.”

It was Saturday night at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 200-seat Renberg Theatre, and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles was presenting “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars,” an original, fully staged dramatic production of Bowie’s 1972 album featuring choral arrangements designed...

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