The Queen of Pop Marcia Hines.
Marcia Hines knows how to rock your wedding
Ain’t Nobody Does It Better than Australia’s long reigning Queen of Pop
Words: Damien Woolnough
17th May 2018
In Sex and The City 2 Liza Minnelli became the pin-up for gay weddings with her rendition of Beyonce’s Single Ladies at Stanford and Anthony’s over-the-top ceremony. In the months following the legalisation of same sex marriage in Australia, Marcia Hines (that's Marcia with a C not Marsha with an S) has snatched the crown as the go-to star for grooms in love with grooms.
At two recent weddings of oh-so private grooms, Hines appeared in social media leaks belting out her signature ballads at The Sydney Opera House’s Bennelong restaurant and the historic Elizabeth Bay House.
Marcia Hines performing in the hit show Velvet.
Boston-born Hines, 64, moved to Australia in 1970 and struck gold with her effortless, powerful voice, contagious smile and determination to live her life on her own terms. Growing up in the '70s and '80s it was impossible to escape Hines on television variety shows, in musicals such as Jerry’s Girls or wearing a crown as the Queen of Moomba.
She is the mistress of reinvention, stepping from the theatre, concerts to television, as a judge on Australian Idol, but her relationship with the gay community has been constant. In 1990 Hines was the closing act at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras party (beating Cher by a good 28 years).
As Hines prepares for a national tour, Good Times, with fellow singing survivors John Paul Young and Leo Sayer, we grabbed five minutes with the woman gay Australian men want at their wedding.
What do you enjoy about performing at weddings?
The experience of performing surrounded by so much euphoria, happiness and joy is intoxicating.
What did you think of last year’s same sex marriage vote? In Australia?
It was high time - a simple and incredibly important piece of legislation.
What is your most requested song at weddings?
The number one requested song always is the ballad that I recorded from A Chorus Line called What I Did For Love. It brings the house down!
Now what do you like to perform at weddings?
I love doing the up-tempo lyrically meaningful ones. So it's a difficult choice between It’s Raining Men and the Donna Summer/Barbara Streisand track Enough is Enough.
Which part of a wedding do you love most?
For me it has always been the waltz... that moment that the two partners come together and dance to their favourite song. That is always when the general vibe of the wedding goes through the roof.
How important have your gay fans been to you career?
They have been incredibly supportive, loving, and always through thick and thin. I could not have made it without them.
See Marcia Hines on the Good Times tour.
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For me it has always been the waltz... that moment that the two partners come together and dance to their favourite song.