The Legend of Georgia McBride

The Legend of Georgia McBride

April 4 - May 14, 2017
Gil Cates Theater

Written by Matthew Lopez
Directed by Mike Donahue
Choreography by Paul McGill
Featuring Andrew Burnap, Matt McGrath, Nija Okoro, Larry Powell & Nick Searcy
West Coast Premiere

“Flamboyantly fun comedy!” – Los Angeles Times
“Casey is charmingly played by Andrew Burnap. Matt McGrath is fabulous as Miss Tracy Mills!” – Los Angeles Times
GO! "One of those rare charmers! Matt McGrath hilariously commands the stage!” – LA Weekly
“Incredibly entertaining! Fantastic and ultra-flamboyant musical numbers will keep you laughing from beginning to end!” –
 "Outrageously funny! A bawdy, raucous hoot!” –
“Be prepared to dance it up in your seats!” – Indulge Magazine
“Under Mike Donahue’s inspired direction... Andrew Burnap makes a sensational West Coast stage debut... Matt McGrath gives arguably the most fabulous performance of his career... in Matthew Lopez's crowd-pleasing comedy!” –
CRITICS' PICK! “A stitch-in-your-side funny new comedy...full of sass and good spirits!” – The New York Times
“Featuring enough amusingly bitchy one-liners and energetic musical numbers to be a genuine crowd-pleaser!” – The Hollywood Reporter
“A funny and often glorious tribute to the art of drag...a barrelful of fun!” – Variety

After years of struggling at a small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, Casey realizes it’s now or never for his career as an Elvis impersonator. Enter Miss Tracy Mills, a self-proclaimed grand dame of drag who guarantees Casey’s life is about to get “all shook up.” Matthew Lopez’s hip-shakin’, heartwarming tale explores what happens when one man trades in his blue suede shoes for platform pumps and discovers he ain’t nothing but a drag queen.

In The News

Ovation Recommended by LA Stage Alliance

Interview: How an Elvis impersonator-turned-drag queen was born: Playwright Matthew Lopez on Georgia McBride

Review: "Musicals Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Full Monty are melded into a mainstream campy comedy!"

Review: GO! "One of those rare charmers... features a strong ensemble that brings heft and heart!"

Review: ★★★★ Legend of Georgia McBride finds beating hearts beneath the padding of drag queens

Review: "I guarantee by the time it ends, you will be on your feet dancing with the entire cast!"

Review: "Audiences won’t want to miss this double-star turn at the Geffen!"

Review: "A slick bit of showbiz... its warm heart and tenderly human moments give it a strong emotional underpinning."

Review: "Pure, unmitigated fun! McBride is that rare bird: a raucous comedy with heart... it delivers laughter by the shovelful!"

Review: "A fabulous time at the theater! Burnap and McGrath are superb; together, they’re an unstoppable team!"

Review: Heart & Humor: "A rousing statement about self-acceptance, unconditionality, and the courage of drag."

Interview with Playwright Matthew Lopez: Elvis is dead, but a star is born

Feature: "It is pure entertainment, it’s pure joy, it is pure wit, it is fantasy."

Interview: Mike Donahue on His Long-Term Relationship with Georgia McBride

Geffen Playhouse Blog: Finding a Family: An Interview with Director Mike Donahue

Geffen Playhouse Blog: The Language of Georgia McBride: A linguistic guide to the wonderful world of drag

Review: CRITICS' PICK! The Legend of Georgia McBride, From Elvis Impersonator to Drag Queen




Meet The Artists

MATTHEW LOPEZ (Playwright)
The Legend of Georgia McBride premiered at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and ran off-Broadway at MCC Theater in a production that received multiple Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Other plays include The Whipping Man (Manhattan Theatre Club), Somewhere (Old Globe, world premiere), Reverberation (Hartford Stage Company, world premiere), The Sentinels (London’s Headlong Theatre Company) and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding (Denver Center for the Performing Arts World Premiere, 2018). Matthew holds commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Hartford Stage Company. Matthew was a writer on the HBO series The Newsroom.

Mike Donahue is a New York-based director. Credits include the world premieres of Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC Theater and Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Joe A. Callaway Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination); Jordan Seavey’s Homos, Or Everyone In America (Labyrinth Theater Company); Jen Silverman’s The Moors (Playwrights Realm), Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb) and The Hunters (Cherry Lane Theatre’s Mentor Project); and Ethan Lipton’s Red-Handed Otter (Playwrights Realm). Regionally: world premieres of Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company) and The Roommate (Humana Festival of New Plays); world premieres of Rachel Bonds’ The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre D.C.) and Swimmers (Marin Theatre Company); world premiere of Lauren Feldman’s Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). Readings/workshops: Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Underground, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, McCarter Theatre Center, South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Rep, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Lark, and Ars Nova. Mike is a recipient of a Fulbright to Berlin, the Drama League Fall Fellowship, the Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and was the artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret for two seasons. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Drama. Upcoming: Jen Silverman’s The Roommate (Williamstown Theatre Festival).

PAUL McGILL (Choreographer)
Paul McGill is elated to be working at the Geffen Playhouse on this production. Off-Broadway: The Legend of Georgia McBride (Astaire Award, Lortel nomination), Steve (directed by Cynthia Nixon), School for Scandal. Broadway/National Tour: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Associate Choreographer), Scandalous! (Associate Choreographer). Circus: Filament (Short Round Productions), Grounded Aerial. Film: Diamond Soles, Hakuna Truvada (featuring Todrick Hall), ALT Coffee Commercial. Paul trained Laverne Cox for her starring role in FOX’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He is the co-founder and director of the online educational series Broadway Masters ( As a Broadway performer, he appeared in La Cage aux Folles (2004), A Chorus Line (as Mark), Memphis, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Bullets Over Broadway. MGM’s Fame, Smash (NBC), and the Oscar-winning film Man on Wire. This summer, Paul will direct Robin Hood at Serenbe Playhouse in Atlanta.

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Performance Info

1 hour and 50 minutes, no intermission.

This production contains adult language and themes, theatrical haze and strobe lights.

Attend an ASL-interpreted performance for this production. Click for dates and showtimes, or call 310.208.2028 for details.