Sunshine City the Musical

Sunshine City, The Musical at Opera Central

The St. Petersburg Opera Company salutes our colorful local history with a concert performance of Sunshine City, The Musical, by Dewey Davis-Thompson and Tom Sivak, Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

The hilarious Sunshine City, The Musical is based on the true story of John Lodwick, the first Public Relations director in America, and his outrageous media efforts including Sea Vamps, the Millionaire Bachelor Mayor and Chaos the Vaudeville Dog. Matt Acquard (Bad Jews) and Julia Rifino (Avenue Q) star as Jack Handsome and Flora Day, Sunshine Citizens who fall in love while concocting publicity stunts to draw tourists to St. Pete.

Directed by Vickie Daignault, the performance takes place at Opera Central, 2145 1st Ave. S. It is the closing event of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s 2018 Festival of the Arts.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the opening production of the St. Petersburg Opera Company’s 2018-2019 season, continues at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Palladium Theater. Tickets, $20, $40, $55 and $75, are available online at, or by phone at (727) 823-2040.


About the St. Petersburg Opera Company


Founded in 2007 by Maestro Mark Sforzini, the mission of the St. Petersburg Opera Company – a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation – is to enrich the cultural lives of the residents of and visitors to the Tampa Bay area, by presenting fully staged professional opera productions of the highest quality, and to make opera accessible to present and future audiences through community outreach, educational initiatives, and collaboration with other arts organizations.    

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