'From Now On ...' A favorite moment from 'Quiet No More'.

We stood on that stage full of almost 600 people and a sold out audience all together singing the encore. "We will come back home, and we will come back home; Home Again!"

For the first time in my life, I felt an overwhelming sense of belonging. I sobbed my heart out on the stage of the Carnegie Hall tonight and I'm not even ashamed. I belted out those comforting words while tears streamed uncontrollably down my face and onto the stage floor.

All the past rejection from my immediate family, friends and childhood didn't matter. I was "Home Again!" (Reuben Yantis, Waco, Texas)

Jennifer Molde (Colorado): Earlier today I literally asked “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” because I needed directions. (Of course my roomie said, “Practice.” 😉 ) It’s gorgeous in there and perfectly maintained. One of the NYCGMC production folks called the stage, “the sacred stage that is Carnegie Hall.” It’s true. It was like worship. We worshipped the audience and gave them the gift of our voices, our music. The audience worshipped us back with energy I’ve never felt before. And we all worshipped the LGBTQ leaders and activists and rabble rousers that came before us... our heroes.

We were told we broke a record for the largest chorus on that stage. I believe it. It’s a very large stage and it was totally and completely packed with singers. The sound we made rattled the very heavens. The executive director of the NYCGMC spoke and said there are times when you know exactly where you are on the planet. And furthermore sometimes you know precisely WHEN you are in the stream of time. Tonight we knew.

We did an encore and repeated singing From Now On from The Greatest Showman (we initially sang it at the end of the first act). I gave up on singing my fairly high part and just started belting in the range I’m most comfortable (somewhere around baritone). It was Carnegie Hall. It was the last song. There were over five hundred fifty other singers belting along with me. On the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots a trans woman stood on stage at Carnegie Hall and shook the rafters with every ounce of passion and volume she had. The applause was electric.

It was defiant. It was joyful. It was ecstatic. It was angry. It was standing for our right to exist. It was loud. It was GLORIOUS. I will remember this night for the rest of my life.

Charles BealeComment