How can you go wrong with a musical that promises to tell you the story
of all the "dreamers, scoundrels, bigots, saints, politicians and
millionaires" who have made Miami Beach what it is today? Unlike the novels Diary of a South Beach Party Girl or South Beach: The Novel,
which focus on the city's clichéd history of sex, drugs, and nightclubs,
Miami Beach the Musical recounts the lives of all the unique and
colorful characters that have left a real mark on the city since its
incorporation in 1915. The question is not why would anyone create a
musical about the city of Miami Beach, but why hasn't anyone done so
Read on for a few words with the play's director, David
New Times: How was the project developed?
David Kingery: We are a very diverse arts group that produces many types
of events. Our musical reviews are quite popular and our mission is to
promote arts in the community. So, in a brainstorming session with our
creative team, we came up with doing an original musical about Miami
Beach using local talent. We also hoped to get local business and
How did you become involved?
I am a co-creator, co-writer, artistic director and a performer in
the show. I've been spearheading this project from day one. I've been in Miami Beach for 20 years and love living here. I think the
history of this place is fascinating, yet not well known by many
residents and visitors. Hopefully, we'll educate people about Miami
Beach's past through an uplifting musical comedy.
What should the audience expect?
A Broadway-style musical with singing, dancing, comedy, drama,
lights, costumes, photos from Miami Beach's past, plotlines, villains,
surprises, magic and a great
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