American Stage in the Park

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WHAT: The Producers

WHEN: April 18 through May 13 
WHERE: Demens Landing Park, Bayshore Drive and 2nd Avenue South, downtown St. Petersburg
ADMISSION: Varies depending on day, save by purchasing advance tickets. General lawn admission (BYO chair or blanket)  $18 advance, $22 at the gate Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; $25 advance, $30 at the gate Friday and Saturday. Premium (stagefront) blanket seating and reserved chair seating is extra. Alcohol and pets are not allowed.
INFORMATION:  americanstage.org  or (727) 823-7529

Park productions are eagerly anticipated each year and represent one of the richest elements in American Stage history. This year’s musical centers around down-on-his-luck Broadway producer Max Bialystock, and his mild-mannered accountant, Leo Bloom, who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! 

 “The Producers” will star local favorite Matthew McGee as Max Bialystock.  Coming off his wildly successful run as Edna in “Hairspray” last year, McGee quips: “I had a friend joke that last year I was wearing skirts and this year I’m chasing them.”

Matt McGee

McGee talks about the responsibility of undertaking some of pop culture’s most iconic roles. “It’s thrilling and daunting to reprise roles done by stars like Nathan Lane and Harvey Fierstein, but I have confidence, not only in my own chops, but in the ability of director Rye Mullis to bring it all home in a big way.”

Many of Matt’s fans know him for his appearances in drag. You might be surprised when you hear him say, “My favorite part about being Max, is that I don’t have to wear any makeup!” He goes on: “I love the crowds that come to the park. It’s a way for families and non-regular theatergoers to get the full live stage experience. I love performing for them.”

 

–Cindy Stovall