a burlesque cabaret dream play
August 7th, 2022
Join us for a one-night-only Fringe Fundraiser presentation of
Josephine – a burlesque cabaret dream play
at The Broadway Theatre on August 7th, 2022!
Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play is an international award-winning and off-Broadway one-woman biographical musical that combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century.
BROADWAY BABY- Edinburgh, UK ★★★★★
“From ballgown to banana belt, Tymisha Harris is a tour de force!”
Global News Edmonton ★★★★★
“A sexy, funny, heartbreaking and riotous performance”
About the Show
After debuting at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival and winning the distinctions of “Outstanding Solo Performance” and “Best Show”, Josephine played three sold out runs to rave reviews in hometown Orlando Florida before starting a 2017 North American tour. The first stop was the second largest Fringe Festival in North America, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, where it was touted as the “breakout hit” of the Festival, selling out the entire run and receiving 5-star reviews from both major publications. The show then went to Indianapolis Fringe where it won “Best National Production”, “Outstanding Female Performance”, “Audience Choice” and “Festival Top Seller”.
From there, the show was selected by The Soho Playhouse in New York City to be part of the 2017 Fringe Encore series in October, 2017. Josephine was then awarded the honor of the encore series “Outstanding Production” award, and in early 2018 was offered a limited 6-week off-Broadway run at Soho Playhouse, where it sold out performances and received high critical acclaim. For the off-Broadway run, Tymisha Harris was nominated for a 2018 Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.
In the summer of 2018, the show travelled across Canada to five festivals, and was the top selling show at every one of them. In Ottawa, it was awarded the “Best of Fest,” “Outstanding Overall Production,” and “Volunteer’s Choice” awards. In Toronto, Josephine sold out 6 performances, and Now Magazine awarded it the honors of “Outstanding Production”, “Outstanding Direction”, “Outstanding Performance”, and “Outstanding New Play/Musical.” In Winnipeg (where no Festival Awards are given) it was the top-selling show of over 175 offerings, selling out every performance in the largest venue. Finally, in Edmonton at the largest Fringe Festival in North America, Josephine also sold out its entire run and received the “Staff Choice” award for best show.
In the Summer of 2019, the show went to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time, where it sold out houses and received multiple 4 and 5 Star reviews and stellar audience feedback. It then travelled to Western Canada, where it won 5 more awards in Victoria “Overall Pick of the Fringe”, “Best Performance” and “Favourite Solo Show” and in Vancouver “Georgia Straight Critic’s Choice Award” and “Volunteers Choice.”
In February and March of 2020, the show played in Australia for the first time. At the Adelaide Fringe Festival (the second largest in the world), the show received rave reviews, sold out and extended its run, and received a coveted “Critics Circle Award”. It had a planned tour of Europe and dozens of engagements in the US and Canada, but the pandemic had other plans
Thankfully in 2021, Josephine returned to venues across the US and Canada, starting with a 6 week run at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater (for which Director Michael Marinaccio was nominated for Best Director by Orlando Sentinel and Tymisha Harris for Best Local Performer by Watermark Magazine)
Now in 2022 Josephine returns to touring in earnest as it ventures to spread Josephine Baker’s message of love and unity across the globe.
“Tymisha Harris’ performance is a tour de force.”
★★★★★, Staff Pick –CBC
“a Masters Class in how to interpret a song so they draw the audience in”
★★★★★ -Nuvo Magazine
Meet the Production Company
Tymisha Harris - Performer/Costume Designer/Choreographer
Tymisha Harris (aka “Tush”) has been performing professionally for over 20 years. Her early credits include assistant choreographer and backup dancing for the 90’s pop group N*SYNC, backup dancer for LFO, multiple roles at Universal Studios Orlando, and a featured role in the hit movie series Bring It On. More recent endeavors include the national tour of Rock of Ages, a European tour with the innovative and world-renowned Pilobulus Dance Theater Company, and founding member and Assistant Director/Choreographer of the successful Orlando based troupe, VarieTease.
Michael Marinaccio - Director/Producer
Michael has been a successful Producer, Director, Actor and Teacher in Central Florida and beyond for over 20 years. A BFA Theatre Performance graduate of The University of Central Florida, Michael has participated directly in hundreds of theatrical productions. As a collaborator, he has helped create over 20 original live theatre pieces, and has produced and directed dozens of new works. He is best known to many as the former Festival Producer of Orlando Fringe for nearly a decade, where he oversaw the largest period of growth in the organization’s history.
Tod Kimbro - Playwright/Musical Director
Tod Kimbro has written over 25 plays and musicals since 1997, including My Illustrious Wasteland, which was presented Off-Broadway at the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival. His 2000 musical LOUD was nominated for the M Elizabeth Osborn Award, a national prize for emerging playwrights. Tod is also an accomplished pianist and singer, and has released two albums of original music.