Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Your son’ll come out tomorrow

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MattocS Productions, American Stage and the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project will bring their latest Pride parody musical to St. Petersburg on June 25 with “Dannie.”

The spoof “skewers one of Broadway’s biggest blockbusters,” American Stage advises. It follows Scott Daniel’s Dannie, a young orphan with big dreams of starring on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The awful Miss Mannigan (Matthew McGee) aims to stop her—while Sugar Daddy Bigbucks (Jonathan Harrison) tries to adopt the orphan to “bankroll her dreams of stardom.”

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American Stage, Matthew McGee bring “The Producers” to the park

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Being out in the park is the perfect place to do this,” Tampa Bay fan-favorite actor Matthew McGee says of “The Producers,” American Stage’s latest outdoor production. “American Stage can make gigantic sets for this huge show, they can have a large cast… and you can also make it available for lots of people to see.”

McGee plays Max Bialystock, a devious lead in Mel Brooks’ Oscar-winning 1967 film, Tony-winning 2001 musical and subsequent 2005 film of the same name. The cult classic, described as an “equal opportunity offender,” follows Bialystock and fellow-schemer Leo Bloom as they produce the most notorious flop in history, bilking their backers out of millions of dollars.

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05.03.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

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Whoever said money can’t buy happiness was never a chubby Ohio kid on vacation at Disney World.

At a ripe and round 13, my parents used the money they’d received after my dear grandmother’s passing to take me to the most magical place on earth. It was my first foray into Florida, and while I’d have gladly moved into the castle that day—it was transformed into a birthday cake for its 25th anniversary and I was chubby for a reason—I had no intention of moving here until a decade later.

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05.03.18 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

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This past weekend officially kicked off (at least for me) the summer season with the release of “Avengers: Infinity War” in theaters. No spoilers, I promise, but at the time of writing this I have seen the film three times and it may be the greatest movie ever made. From here on out until July—along with a few more weekends of blockbuster cinema—we have Fringe, Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend, Pride month and my birthday among the events to look forward to.

Since starting here at Watermark as an account manager for the sales department more than five years ago, I have developed quite a few traditions within the LGBTQ community.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Thank you for being a friend

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In need of some Goode people

Tampa Bay performer Judy B. Goode isn’t having the best run of good luck over the last few weeks. The beloved singer and entertainer fell off a ladder June 30 and broke her leg. At around 7:30 in the morning Judy was tending to some bushes in the backyard of her home, when the ladder gave way and fell out from under her and she ended up in the hospital.

“Judy has a heart of gold,” says Tampa Pride president Carrie West. The 4 ft 5 in , 85 lb Judy is quite a force to be reckoned with, and has the fiery personality to boot. Her career extends across Florida, and the southeast United States where she performs at nightclubs with her sidekick “Piano Man” Dave Thomas. She was even selected as a finalist for Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee back in the day based on her signature act, “The 12 Faces of Judy” in which she does impersonations of famous personalities.

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Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project and American Stage bring you ‘The Golden Gurlz Live’

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Every year the folks down with the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project put on a “Prelude to Pride” show with the help of the American Stage Theatre Company. This consists of doing a big send up or parody of a Hollywood classic. They have done hits like Gone with the Wind, Wizard of Oz and All About Eve.

“This year we were planning to do a spoof on Mommie Dearest,” says local performer Matthew McGee. “But we kept coming back to The Golden Girls, because even though it is an ’80s sitcom, it is so beloved by a young audience now as well as those of us who grew up with the show. It’s got this huge generational appeal.”

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Beckner’s next move and Pride Nights for all

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Private Beckner reporting for duty

Many have been curious as to the next move of former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner since he termed out of his seat last year. Hillsborough’s first openly gay commissioner ran unsuccessfully to be the next Clerk of Courts and since then has remained silent on whether he would pursue another run at an elected position or head back into the private sector.

Well, wonder no more. Beckner posted to his Facebook page April 20 that he has not one but two positions he will be filling: Executive Director of Hillsborough County’s Civil Service Agency and a position with human resource advisory and talent acquisition firm HR Trust.

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Watermark Giveaway: American Stage’s PRIDE Night presentation of TARTUFFE

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Watermark wants you and a guest to spend a night OUT at American Stage as they present a Pride Night special presentation of a new American Stage adaptation of TARTUFFE, Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Moliere’s political comedy gets a modern up-date with the lead character resembling a certain  business man turned politician, and we are giving away 2 pairs of tickets.

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Young American Night at The Pitmen Painters

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American Stage presents THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Lee Hall and William Feaver and directed by Brendon Fox.

Join us for YOUNG AMERICAN Night on Thursday July 28th.

YOUNG AMERICANS between the ages of 21-29 are invited to use promo code UNDER30 to access $15 tickets.*

7PM: Happy Hour in our 2nd Floor Lobby with a BOGO drink special on our signature cocktail crafted by our friends at Station House St. Pete.

8PM: Performance of A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Includes an exclusive post-show presentation from an American Stage artist/staff member.

AFTER PARTY: Following the night’s performance, join the cast, creative team, and American Stage staff at Station House St. Pete. Each guest will receive a voucher for one free beer, wine, or American Stage signature cocktail.

*Code can be only be used for one ticket per order when purchased online. Otherwise you can call the Box Office at 727-823-7529 or email youngamerican@americanstage.org.

PRIDE Night at The Pitmen Painters

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American Stage presents THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Lee Hall and William Feaver and directed by Brendon Fox.

Join us for PRIDE Night, where guests will enjoy connecting with the LGBT community and share in the experience of premium live theatre at American Stage.

7PM: Happy Hour in our 2nd Floor Lobby with a BOGO drink special on our signature cocktail crafted by our friends at Station House St. Pete.

8PM: Performance of THE PITMEN PAINTERS

Includes an exclusive post-show presentation from an American Stage artist/staff member and a local LGBTQ community leader.

Use code PRIDE to receive $5 off your ticket (valid ONLY for the Wednesday July 27th performance)

Thank You to Watermark

Young American Night at A Tale of Two Cities

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American Stage presents A TALE OF TWO CITIES adapted by Everett Quinton (Natural Born Killers, Pollock) and directed by Janis Stevens.

Join us for YOUNG AMERICAN Night on Thursday June 9th.

YOUNG AMERICANS between the ages of 21-29 are invited to use promo code UNDER30 to access $15 tickets.*

7PM: Happy Hour in our 2nd Floor Lobby with a BOGO drink special on our signature cocktail ‘The French Rose’ crafted by our friends at Station House St. Pete.

Includes an exclusive pre-show presentation from Director of Education Tiffany Ford exploring many of the themes presented and providing valuable insight into the process of mounting this production.

8PM: Performance of A TALE OF TWO CITIES

AFTER PARTY: Following the night’s performance, join the cast, creative team, and American Stage staff at Station House St. Pete. Each guest will receive a voucher for one free beer, wine, or American Stage signature cocktail.

*Code can be only be used for one ticket per order when purchased online. Otherwise you can call the Box Office at 727-823-7529 or email youngamerican@americanstage.org.

American Stage presents Everett Quinton’s drag-filled, one-man adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities

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“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”

The line that opens one of Charles Dickens’ most famous pieces of literature is known by almost everyone, even those who cannot name the story that follows. It is this line that led Everett Quinton to adapt Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities into a play in 1989 about an aspiring drag queen during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

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