‘True Colors’ LGBTQ+ program to premiere on PBS June 4

A star-studded lineup joined by the DC-based American Pops Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Luke Frazier.

Nouveau Productions and PBS announced a new collaboration, just in time for Pride Month: True Colors: LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs celebrates the stories and music that make us who we are. Offering a unique look at the history of the LGBTQ+ community in the United States, the special shares real-life stories of hope, resilience and triumph from people across the country, artistically represented through thematically relevant music.

Exploring the personal journeys of remarkable individuals, the program connects these heartfelt stories with the history of the LGBTQ+ movement. True Colors: LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning Saturday, June 4, 2022 (check local listings). It will also be available for free streaming on PBS.org and the PBS Video App.

Appearing in ‘True Colors’: Maestro Luke Frazier conducts the American Pops Orchestra as Peppermint, Jujubee, and Alexis Michelle perform ‘(A Little More) Mascara’ from ‘La Cage Aux Folles.’ Photo by Kevin Parisi.

Hosted by Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider, True Colors: LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs includes musical performances by: Indigo Girls (“Closer to Fine”); country-pop singer Billy Gilman (“For Our World”); indie-pop singer, songwriter Morgxn (“Wonder”); drag artists PeppermintAlexis Michelle and Jujubee, performing “(A Little More) Mascara” from La Cage Aux FollesGlee sensation Chris Colfer; celebrated Christian singer Trey Pearson (“Hey Jesus”); trans opera singer Breanna Sinclairé (“Somewhere” from West Side Story); and Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winner André de Shields (“The Colors of My Life” from Barnum).

Appearing in ‘True Colors’: Chris Colfer performing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’; Breanna Sinclairé performing ‘Somewhere’ from ‘West Side Story’; Morgxn performing ‘Wonder.’ Photos by Kevin Parisi.

All performers are joined by the DC-based American Pops Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Luke Frazier. In addition, the special features interviews with former NBA player Jason Collins; Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award–winning actress and activist Cynthia Nixon; and other individuals sharing their inspiring real-life stories.

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Appearing in ‘True Colors’: Indigo Girls performing ‘Closer to Fine’; André De Shields performing ‘The Colors of My Life’ from ‘Barnum.’ Photos by Kevin Parisi.

About the American Pops Orchestra

APO was founded in 2015 with a mission to breathe new life into orchestral pops programming and inspire diverse audiences to discover the wealth of the material in the Great American Songbook in dynamic new ways. Seeing an opportunity to challenge the status-quo of the repertoire performed by orchestras, founder and music director, Luke Frazier, created The American Pops with the intent of breaking the mold of the traditional pops orchestra. This new distinctly “American” orchestra brings together versatile musicians and reimagined programming focused around the Great American Songbook, presenting it with an approachable, fresh spin to engage diverse audiences. Through non-traditional orchestral settings, APO aims to deliver popular American classics to those who already know and love them, while also introducing these timeless pieces to younger generations in approachable settings. To learn more, visit www.TheAmericanPops.org.


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