A “Golden Girls” Drag Musical Is Serving Up Big Laughs In Fort Lauderdale

Courtesy: George Wentzler / southflorida.com

In a move sure to delight many, Fort Lauderdale is now home to a Golden Girls drag musical.

“Thank You for Being a Friend: A Golden Girls Musical Parody” is performed at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale with an all-male cast in the roles of Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sophia.

Actually, they’re Blanchet (played by Paul Mercado), Roz (writer-director Nick Brennan), Dorothea (Lawrence Buzzeo) and Sophie (Brooks Braselman) in this parody.

Writes SouthFlorida.com:

The main story is centered on the Shady Oaks Retirement Home Talent Show, at which the four housemates have bungled their performances in the past — told in one of several hilarious flashbacks — and would do anything to redeem themselves this year.

Their new next-door neighbor is pop star Ricky Martin (Kyle Garcia, who also plays other pop-in/pop-out parts), who proceeds to throw gaylicious, boisterous boy bacchanals day and night, much to the consternation of the Golden Girls.

You can expect to hear about that infamous cheesecake, Big Daddy, Dorothy’s ex-husband Stan, and a bunch of other running Golden Girls themes that fans new and old have come to love.

So, considering a trip to Fort Lauderdale?

“Thank You for Being a Friend: A Golden Girls Musical Parody” runs through July 16 at Empire Stage.