Since 1977, musically inclined expatriates and locals alike have found a warm welcome in the Abu Dhabi Choral Group (ADCG), a four part harmony choir that celebrates the Broadway Musical. ADCG is comprised of men and women from all over the world representing 15+ nationalities and languages spoken with talents ranging from first time performers to seasoned veterans. With active membership currently averaging at 50 performers per season, the group currently presents two major performances each year- in the spring a traditionally staged Broadway musical and in the fall a concert style musical review. Recent shows include The Addams Family (2016), Legally Blonde The Musical (2015), Curtains (2014), The Wedding Singer (2013), Once Upon a Mattress (2012), Urine Town (2011), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2010), Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (2009) and Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (2008).
As the group moves into its fourth decade in Abu Dhabi, we have some ambitious plans for the future which include finding a permanent home where we can rehearse, perform and house our sets and costumes. As a non-profit organization we rely heavily on community sponsorship, individual donations, ticket sales and membership dues to aid in our annual operational expenses- 100% of which go right back into the community in the form of hiring local tailors, carpenters, musicians, technicians and rental fees at the local theater houses.
While Abu Dhabi’s plan to become a major centre of cultural excellence within the next decade is in full effect, we believe that as a long-standing community musical group we have a role to play in bringing that plan to fruition by enhancing awareness and appreciation of musical performance.
“Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.”
― E.Y. Harburg
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