"The Legend of Georgia McBride" is journey you might not expect to go on.
“It’s a hot regional theatre piece right now,” Savannah Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Ken Hailey said. "And this playwright (Matthew Lopez) is the next guy to watch."
Savannah Repertory Theatre, Savannah’s first Equity professional theatre, will present "The Legend of Georgia McBride" on April 25-28 and May 2-5 at their new home on 980 Industry Drive.
Fifty percent of ticket sales for the 3 p.m. April 28 performance will be donated to Savannah’s First City Network. And on opening night, Savannah Repertory Theatre will announce the shows they have coming up in their next season.
When asked what the audience can expect at “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” Hailey’s comments quickly become filled with enthusiasm for this play.
“This is one of the first comedies from (Lopez) that I know of and it’s a really funny piece. But at the end, it becomes very heartfelt and sad and heart-warming, and then the last 10 minutes goes back into comedy. It’s just a brilliant piece of writing.”
Hailey explains the storyline is about an Elvis impersonator named Casey who ends up fired from his show at a small-town bar in Florida. The same day he finds out his wife is pregnant and he’s broke. The club owner brings in a drag show to replace his Elvis act, and Casey finds himself joining the show and going on a journey of self-discovery.
And while Hailey is excited to bring this show to a Savannah audience, he says he’s equally excited about the cast. Cast members include professional actors from New York, professional actors from the Savannah-area and some of the finest local actors Savannah audiences may recognize from other great performances.
Michael Jennings Mahoney plays Casey, Kelsey Alexandria is Jo, Marques Wilson is Rexy and Jason, and Chris Soucy is Eddie. Izzy Foreal, a member of the Actors Equity Association, plays the role of Miss Tracy Mills and says the audience can expect to be introduced to characters they are not expecting.
“There is nothing sitcom-y about this play,” Foreal says. “The finale itself is just excellently crafted.
“... I think the audience will be shocked to go on a journey they didn’t expect. These characters are not two-dimensional; these are people that I would say are five-dimensional. This comedy really takes you on a journey and the story gets fuller and fuller. It’s really a rich piece.”