Gay-popular singing sensation Deborah Cox will close this year's Capital Pride festivities as headline performer on Sunday, June 10. The festival Main Stage lineup also includes the return of Pride regular dance singers Crystal Waters ("100 Percent Pure Love") and Pepper Mashay ("Dive In The Pool"). Before the dance divas, Main Stage mainstays the DC Cowboys will offer one last choreographed routine before hanging up their hats for good. And as usual, the Gay Men's Chorus and several popular local drag acts -- among them the Ladies of Town, E-Cleff and that loudmouth from the South(west), Ziegfeld's Ella Fitzgerald -- will also perform, as will a number of up-and-coming queer or queer-friendly artists, this year including Billy Winn, Crys Matthews and Mzery Loves Company.
Cox last performed at Capital Pride seven years ago, but last year she generated headlines after an electrifying headlining performance at Baltimore Pride. These days she's best known for a string of R&B and dance hits over the past 15 years ("Nobody's Supposed To Be Here," "Things Just Ain't The Same," "Absolutely Not"), and is gearing up for a return to musical theater, following a stint nearly a decade ago in Aida on Broadway. She'll star in a revival of the 1997 musical Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde alongside Constantine Maroulis and Shirley MacLaine.
The festival is Sunday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 3rd Street at Pennsylvania Ave NW. Visit capitalpride.org for more information.
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