Gay favorite Steel Magnolias celebrates the bonds of friendship at American Stage

By : Zach Caruso
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St. Petersburg – American Stage is ready to start the summer off right—with a play as tough as steel, but as delicate as magnolias.

The newest production of the popular 1987 Robert Harling play Steel Magnolias opens on May 23 and runs through June 15, and at the helm is St. Petersburg’s Bob Devin Jones.

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A journey of self-discovery and a gender-bending lion cap off American Stage in the Park’s The Wiz

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St. Petersburg – American Stage in the Park, one of St. Petersburg’s most beloved annual traditions, is back for its 29th year, and with its biggest production yet. Starting on April 11 and running through May 4, the seven-time Tony Award winning musical The Wiz will take over Demens Landing Park along the city’s waterfront.

“At its basis, it’s the story of the Wizard Of Oz, and it actually more closely resembles the original story from the books than it does necessarily that first movie,” says director Karla Hartley, one of the only lesbian directors in Tampa Bay. “This particular iteration of it is seen from a multi-cultural perspective, which we thought was valuable in this day and age. It’s told with a different sense of music, it’s got more of a soul and R&B feel to it.

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