EMPIRE STAGE PRESENTS:
A ONE MAN BEA ARTHUR SHOW FEATURING JASON B. SCHMIDT! WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY LOCAL DRAG PERFORMER, AMANDA AUSTIN! 5 PERFORMANCES ONLY! MAY 5 – 9.
Calling all Golden Girls fans, Maude maniacs, and those who love tough broads with soft hearts, Bea Arthur is back! Jason B Schmidt, the world’s premiere (and only) Bea Arthur impersonator, channels the famed Tony and Emmy-Winning star in his deadpan tribute, “Beatrice Arthur: Astral Dame.” In the show, Bea is prompted by her celestial stage manager Jimmy Durante to make her way down from the astral plane to the Empire Stage for a STRICTLY limited engagement of her Astral Dame Tour in early May 2021. Expect Bea’s most favorite showtunes, showbiz stories and a few surprises only Ms. Arthur could deliver; it’s sure to be an evening that is out of this world.
The show was originally directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, with original musical direction and backing tracks provided by Mason Griffin. The South Florida debut will feature Jason B. Schmidt alongside his bosom buddy (and local Wilton Manors drag diva) Amanda Austin. Additional staging, choreography and digital show coordination by Jason’s husband Anthony Giorgio-Schmidt.