All That Jazz: La La Land, Golden Girls Headed to St. Pete

The Burg is never short on entertainment. Two productions that showcase the gift of song and the gift of gab are coming to St. Pete this year.

La La Land reignited Hollywood’s love of the musical form with star-cementing performances from Oscar-winner Emma Stone and Oscar-nominee Ryan Gosling.

La La Land Live-To-Film Celebration at The Mahaffey

The film’s jazz soundtrack, larger than life dance numbers and strong storytelling continue to endear it to audiences and critics alike. It tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

On August 18, a live-to-film celebration spectacular featuring a viewing of the multiple Oscar-winning film comes to The Mahaffey Theater. Composer Justin Hurwitz will conduct the film’s score with a 100-piece symphony orchestra. Tickets are now on sale for the event.


Golden Gurlz offers a prelude to Pride

American Stage Theatre is known for bringing classics to bustling life in the Burg. On June 19 & 26, Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project presents The Golden Gurlz LIVE starring Matthew McGee (Dorothy), Joey Panek (Rose), Scott Daniel (Blanche) and Emanuel Carrero (Sophia) as television’s favorite geriatric funny ladies.

This all-new parody/tribute show will be a fundraiser of Metro Wellness. Tampa Bay’s Music Man Michael Raabe will be joining the fun as Musical Director and arranger of song/commercial parodies. SATP founder Garry Allan Breul will be directing. The cast will also feature Sarasota’s favorite man about town, Joey Panek, singer/actor Emanuel Carrero and a cast of local LGBT and LGBT friendly performers that have appeared with SATP over the years.

VIP and GA tickets now available

In addition to the 70-minute show, there will be a Golden Girls inspired art auction held in the American Stage lobby and a cheesecake-baking contest with a myriad of desserts for sale. VIP and general admission tickets are available now for this special prelude to Pride.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: