A good ol’ boy in the Florida Panhandle in desperate need of work finds unexpected success—as a lip-syncing drag queen! International City Theatre presents the The Legend of Georgia McBride, a crowd-pleasing, music-filled, laugh-out-loud comedy by Matthew Lopez. Performances take place June 10 through June 26 at ICT’s home in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Two low-priced previews are set for June 8 and June 9.
Directed by Jamie Torcellini (previous ICT productions of The 39 Steps, Life Could Be a Dream and The Andrews Brothers), The Legend of Georgia McBride stars Taubert Nadalini (This is Us on NBC, Sterling on HBO) as Casey, who is struggling to make ends meet as an Elvis impersonator at Cleo’s Lounge. Now his wife (Karese Frizell, seen in Mamma Mia! and Ragtime at Smothers Theatre) has just told him she’s pregnant. Not a good time to get fired. But Cleo’s is not doing well, and owner Eddie (Tom Trudgeon: Arcane: Enter the Undercity with Secret Cinema; Antigone X, Machinal, The Duchess of Malfi at Cal Rep) has replaced Casey’s act with a B-level drag show. Soon Miss Tracey (Jeff Sumner: the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin–A Musical Spectacular, Annie at the Hollywood Bowl, national tour of Happy Days) and Rexy (Donzell Lewis, reprising the role he played at Crown City Theatre, upcoming film Dope Queens, The Book of Queer on Discovery+) are shaking things up at the club. And teaching Casey a whole lot about show business in the process.
“This show is the perfect antidote to the anxiety and stress we’ve all been feeling,” says ICT artistic director caryn desai [sic]. “It’s flat out hilarious, with fantastic costumes and fabulous dance numbers. But it’s also quite touching. Audiences are going to love it.”