Rufus Wainwright Uses His Magical Voice To Woo Orpheum Theatre LA Crowd

Rufus Wainwright croons his way into the hearts of LA fans.  Photo: JB Brookman

Rufus Wainwright croons his way into the hearts of LA fans. Photo: JB Brookman

Rufus Wainwright in LA.  Photo: JB Brookman

Rufus Wainwright in LA. Photo: JB Brookman

Rufus Wainwright had the Downtown Los Angeles crowd eating out of the palm of his hand…

Before the lights even went on at the historic Orpheum Theatre, Wainwright’s angelic voice soared out of the darkness as he opened with an a capella version of “Candles.”  When the stage was illuminated, those in attendance could not help but be drawn to the gold lame pants and shades, Wainwright was sporting.

If there’s one thing that can be said about a Rufus show, it’s that his fans are clearly in love with this troubadour.  They hang on his every word, including a joke about how President Barrack Obanma had “stolen his thunder,” on the issue of gay marriage.

Throughout, the evening (which included two encores), the two things consistent were the trademark Wainwright voice and his love and appreciation for his family, including his late mother folk singer Kate McGarrigle and his father, Loudon Wainwright.

The Orpheum Theatre, itself, is a historic Los Angeles landmark.  It opened in the early 1920’s and it’s Broadway location makes it a wonderful place to visit.  It has hosted many greats, from Judy Garland, Ella and Duke to Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.  It’s restored decor takes you back in time.

Teddy Thompson was a spirited opener at the Orpheum show.

Check out more photos and the setlist from the evening, below…

Rufus Wainwright at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Downtown LA.  Photo: JB Brookman

Rufus Wainwright at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Downtown LA. Photo: JB Brookman

Rufus Wainwright performs in Los Angeles.  Photo: JB Brookman

Rufus Wainwright performs in Los Angeles. Photo: JB Brookman

The Orpheum Theatre hosts Rufus Wainwright.  Photo: JB Brookman

The Orpheum Theatre hosts Rufus Wainwright. Photo: JB Brookman

Set list- Rufus Wainwright Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Candles
Rashida
Barbara
Welcome to the Ball
Song of You
Greek Song
April Fools
The One You Love
Saratoga Song
I Don’t Know
Respectable Dive
Out of the Game
Jericho
Sometimes You Need
Perfect Man
One Man Guy
Going To a Town
Montauk
14th Street
Art Teacher
On My Way To Town
My Bitter Tears
Poses

Rufus Wainwright... gotta' love the pants!  Photo: JB Brookman

Rufus Wainwright... gotta' love the pants! Photo: JB Brookman

Rufus Wainwright, Orpheum Theatre.  Photo: JB Brookman

Rufus Wainwright, Orpheum Theatre. Photo: JB Brookman

Rufus Wainwright in Los Angeles.  Photo: JB Brookman

Rufus Wainwright in Los Angeles. Photo: JB Brookman

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