FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEBB’S CITY: THE MUSICAL, A Concert Version
Returns for One Final Bow!
September 21-23, 2018 at the Palladium Theater
The Palladium, The St. Petersburg Museum of History, The History Council and Will Knot Di Artists will present WEBB’S CITY: THE MUSICAL, A Concert Version, written and directed by Bill Leavengood with music and lyrics by Lee Ahlin, at The Palladium Theater, 253 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL, Sept. 21-23.
In 1999, the Pinellas County Millennium Celebration commissioned Leavengood and Ahlin to create a new musical based on the life and times of J. E. “Doc” Webb, the colorful St. Petersburg entrepreneur called the “P.T. Barnum of Retail”. In 1925, Webb opened a tiny drug store on 9th Street and over the next five decades transformed it into a 77 store complex covering ten city blocks. In its heyday, Webb’s City attracted 60,000 visitors per day.
The 2000 world premiere was presented at both Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Mahaffey Theatre. The musical was such a hit that a new non-profit arts organization, LiveArts, was created to bring it back to the Mahaffey Theater in 2001, where it broke their box office records, selling over 10,000 tickets.
The September 2017 production was such a popular and critical success, despite Hurricane Irma, that the producers, sponsors, and many of the original performers have come on board again to revive it once more.
The Palladium Theater and Will Knot Di Artists have teamed with two other community partners, The St. Petersburg Museum of History and The History Council, with underwriting once again by Jim and Suzanne MacDougald and Larry and Joyce Beltz, to present this multi-media concert version featuring all of the great music expertly woven together with narration, scene highlights and iconic images from five decades of St. Petersburg and Webb’s City history.
Jim Sorensen returns as Doc Webb along with many other of last year’s original performers such as Stephanie Roberts, Charles Reynolds and Michael McGuigan, as well as new cast members familiar to the Tampa Bay area, including Cranstan Cumberbatch and Colleen Cherry. The cast is rounded out by a group of outstanding young performers, many of whom are show creators Bill Leavengood and Lee Ahlin’s current or former student stars from Shorecrest Preparatory School.
For tickets, call the Palladium Theater box office at (727) 822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org. For additional information, contact: Diana Leavengood, Will Knot Di Artists, (727) 422-1648 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.