Bea Arthur: Astral Dame at the Empire Stage Theater

Are you a fan of The Golden Girls? Who isn’t!? This May, you’ll get to see one of your favorite Golden Girls stars, Bea Arthur, grace the stage in the gay capital of the world – Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

If you’re wondering how Bea Arthur could possibly be coming to Florida, then you have to check out the comedic superstar Jason B. Schmidt, the world’s favorite Bea Arthur impersonator. He’ll be performing his show Beatrice Arthur: Astral Dame at the Empire Stage Theater in Fort Lauderdale from May 5-9, 2021.

Like Jason, Bea herself performed at the Broward Center back in 2001, and Jason looks forward to bringing her back to the South Florida sunshine.

This intimate, showstopping event is sure to excite any Golden Girls fan, Maude maniac, or anyone who simply loves to have a good laugh and a good time! If you love singing and comedy, this is the show for you.

The World’s Premier Bea Arthur & Golden Girls Impersonator

Jason B. Schmidt isn’t your average impersonator. He is the world’s premier (and only) Bea Arthur impersonator. He’s perfected his craft to give audiences an unforgettable performance that Ms. Arthur would have definitely approved of.

Join Beatrice as she makes her way down from the astral plane to the Empire Stage. She sings! She dazzles! And she has a lot of fun surprises up her sleeve. This is the Astral Dame’s South Florida debut, and you don’t want to miss out. This show also features a very special guest: Very Gerry. Very Gerry is a hilarious addition to an already hysterical show.

There’s No Business Like Show Business

Like Bea Arthur, Jason B. Schmidt knows a lot about show business. Schmidt made his debut as a fabulous Bea Arthur send-up named Dorothea Xbornik in 2010’s Thank You for Being a Friend, the off-Broadway musical. In 2017, the Golden Gays debuted at Ru Paul’s DragCon. The Golden Gays have performed to sold-out audiences ever since!

Jason’s resume is extensive, including off-Broadway performances, film, voiceover, and television appearances. No matter what he does, you can bet that it’s going to be extremely entertaining.

The Empire Stage Theater

Jason is thrilled to be performing at Empire Stage Theater in Fort Lauderdale. Empire Stage is an artist-driven collective that produces new and existing works for the diverse audiences of South Florida, including the LGBTQ and senior populations.

The Empire Stage Theater continues to give opportunities for queer entertainers to perform in a queer-friendly venue in one of the gayest cities in the U.S – Wilton Manors, FL. This venue is cozy and intimate. It’s the perfect place for Bea to shine!

Get Your Tickets Today

Whether you’re a big Golden Girls fan or just a lover of a good show, Bea Arthur: Astral Dame is a production you definitely don’t want to miss. This will be a limited engagement with shows running from May 5-9, 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is very limited seating of 25 patrons per performance. Plenty of hand sanitizer will be available and masks are mandatory.

Purchase your tickets here. For more information on Jason B. Schmidt and to keep up-to-date on where he’ll be next, check out the latest dish. Thank you for being a friend! We look forward to seeing you next month at the Empire Stage.


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