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Scene: Rufus Wainwright Prepares to Bring the Love

Rufus Wainwright, joined by many special guests, will be reinterpreting the Great American Songbook at the Luminato Festival.

WHERE: Rehearsal Hall, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (1 Front Street West)

WHEN: Wednesday, June 11, 11 a.m.

WHAT: Rufus Wainwright, music director Stephen Oremus, and a full 40-piece orchestra in a rehearsal for “If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway—An Evening of Love Duets.” The show—presented by Luminato in partnership with WorldPride and taking place this Saturday night—will feature musical luminaries such as David Byrne, Boy George, Josh Groban, and, of course, Rufus himself, performing love songs from Broadway musicals. “Who doesn’t want to hear these artists sing together?” commented Jorn Weisbrodt, who is both the festival’s artistic director and Wainwright’s husband. “If I Loved You is not about turning something from ‘straight’ to ‘gay,’ by singing love duets with only men, but instead, to declare the universality of love, and to celebrate love that comes in every shade.”

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