ISLAND CITY STAGE’S BEHIND THE RED CURTAIN COMMUNITY FORUM SERIES RETURNS FOR 11TH SEASON WITH “SECRETS OF A BEAUTY QUEEN: NO TEA, NO SHADE” ON SEPTEMBER 28

Produced in Conjunction with The Miss Florida F.I. Pageant, This Special Event Will Precede the Opening of Pageant in October…

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (September 14, 2022) – Island City Stage, creating quality professional theatrical experiences focused on the LGBT+ community for a universal audience, has announced its 11th South Florida Season, and with it, the return of its popular Behind the Red Curtain community forum series. On September 28, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., the theater company, together with the Miss Florida F.I. (Florida Impersonator) Pageant, will present “Secrets of a Beauty Queen: No Tea, No Shade,” an entertaining, insightful and sometimes outrageous peek into the world of drag beauty pageants. This program will set the celebratory mood for Island City Stage’s October 20 opening of the glittering, grandiose and glorious comedy Pageant.

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The Life of Virtual Theatre in an Ongoing Post-Pandemic World

Written by: Luis Herrera

On March 12, 2020, theatre as we knew it was shut down and forever changed…

Now I know what you’re thinking, you know this story, you lived through it, but please, bear with me. After that fateful day in 2020, theatre would never be the same, it couldn’t be. What makes theatre the engrossing, heart wrenching medium that it is, has always been  the live aspect. The in-person shared experience that we as a people go through every  time we sit down at a theatre for the next play, musical, performance… But after March 12th, that was no longer possible.  

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do with Barry Pearl and Christine Pedi

South Florida Theater Magazine interviewed the cast of Breaking Up Is Hard To Do showing at the Wick Theatre.



This smash hit musical celebrates the timeless songwriting of the legendary Neil Sedaka! Our host, Jessie Dez, spoke with Barry Pearl, who everyone remembers as Doody in the smash movie blocker Grease and Christine Pedi, Broadway star and Sirius XM radio host of On Broadway. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do runs for 5 weeks only – April 21st to May 15th, 2022 at the Wick Theatre! Tickets available at
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Host/Editor: Jessie Dez

The Wig Menace

In the past few months, fellow actors and I have been targeted by a man who has earned the title of Wig Menace in the entertainment industry. Having received over 100 statements and a police report, South Florida Theater Magazine has acknowledged the importance of writing this article. With further investigation, local actors and wig designers have claimed to have been targeted, bullied, and attacked by him through social media. For safety measures, most sources in this article have chosen to remain anonymous.

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To Swing or Not To Swing? ‘Disney’s Frozen’ Dustin Layton and Jessie Peltier Discuss the Thrilling Ups and Downs of a Life of a Swing

To swing or not to swing… that is the question. Broadway claims that swings are the most in-demand performers in the industry, yet there seems to be a lack of them. Why is the most in-demand role in theater struggling to find actors to fill them? The answer is intimidation. This job is not for the weak, it is made for those looking for a thrilling challenge. 

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Omigod, now Omicron?

As if life hasn’t been difficult enough with the 20-month lockdown we endured due to the COVID-19 pandemic and additional stresses from the Delta strain that followed, now area theaters and their audiences are bracing for what challenges the new Omicron variant of this insidious virus will bring.

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