Dan Norman


The Legend of Georgia McBride

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from July 14-Aug. 25
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from July 15-Aug. 26
7 p.m.
Every Sat. from July 28-Aug. 25
1 p.m.
Drag, LGBTQ, Theater

The Legend of Georgia McBride is a revelatory journey. This Florida-set, Matthew Lopez-penned musical doesn’t traverse geographical distances so much as explore the inner boundaries of Casey, a floundering Elvis impersonator who comes to find inspiration in Miss Tracy Mills, an extravagant drag queen. To Casey’s surprise, performing in drag proves gratifying both personally and professionally, bringing him accolades as stage superstar Georgia McBride. He unites with Miss Tracy Mills and her equally dauntless partner, Rexy, to astonish audiences with a series of show-stopping musical numbers set to the likes of Edith Piaf and Amy Winehouse. Jeffrey Meanza directs, and Jayson Speters, making his Guthrie debut as Casey, leads a top-notch supporting cast. Setting aside the dazzling choreography by Matthew Gardiner, Georgia McBride’s most striking impression arguably comes from the notion that Casey never feels more ecstatic than when he steps into his gender-bending character’s sparkly platform boots. It’s a personal epiphany that challenges both Casey’s sense of identity and cultural assumptions, asserting a newfound empowerment with a defiant display of sequins.