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The CGMC is a member of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, The first concert given by the CGMC was in 1987.

The Chorus has performed with guest artists such as George Howe, Mark Hardy, Tommy Femia, Julie Halston, and Julie Wilson, and has given joint performances with Another Octave/Connecticut Women’s Chorus, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Baltimore Gay Men’s Chorus.

It has also performed at benefits with Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper, and Scot Haney.

In 1986 the Chorus incorporated as Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

In 2000 the legal name was changed to Charter Oak Performing Arts, Inc.

The revue, a salute to the United States armed forces during World War II, had been performed 7 times at the Educational Center for the Arts, a much smaller theater in New Haven.

When it was discovered that the Shubert Theater was available in May 1995, the 50th anniversary of V-E Day, the CGMC took advantage of the opportunity to mount the show there.

Clark changed the direction of the Chorus from "standing on risers and singing" to fully staged, fully costumed musical revues, and decreased the politically themed content in favor of more general entertainment in a successful effort to attract a larger audience, including the non-gay community.

The Chorus became known for humor, as mentioned in a 1999 New York Times article, “As is customary with the Gay Men’s Chorus, parody rules.” A major turning point came in May 1995, when the CGMC brought its very successful musical revue, "Victory Canteen," to the Shubert Theater.

The Whole Story”, a full-length musical based on the true coming-out stories of various Chorus members.

Originally conceived as the second act of a two-act program, “Out!

[1] In December 2013 two sold-out performances occurred in the 325-seat theater at the Co-Operative Arts & Humanities High School in New Haven.