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JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play

  • Theater West End 115 West 1st Street Sanford, FL, 32771 United States (map)

CREATED by Tymisha Harris, Michael Marinaccio, and Tod Kimbro
PERFORMED by Tymisha Harris
DIRECTED & PRODUCED by Michael Marinaccio

JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play 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. Josephine shatters stereotypes of race, gender roles and sexuality in this intimate, charming and haunting cabaret with a twist.

NOTE: The show is intended for adult audiences, as it contains adult content and nudity.

Born in St. Louis in 1906, Josephine Baker achieved only moderate success in the United States, but became an international superstar after moving to France in the early ’20s. She starred alongside white romantic leading men in films in the ’30s, had multiple interracial marriages and homosexual relationships, and performed in men’s clothing before the term “drag” existed in the lexicon. Her adopted country of France gave her the opportunity to live freely without the racial oppression of her home nation, though she never stopped yearning for acceptance in America.

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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 CBC and the Winnipeg Free Press. The show then went to Indianapolis where it won “Best National Production,” “Outstanding Female Performance,” “Audience Choice,” and “Festival Top Seller.”  In December of 2017, following a successful run at Soho Playhouse as part of the 2017 Fringe Encore series, Josephine was awarded the honor of the encore series “Outstanding Production of the Year” and returns to Soho Playhouse for an extended run with an extended version of the show featuring three new songs, all Josephine Baker originals. Following the four week Off-Broadway run, the show will be touring North America in 2018, with our sights set on Europe and Australia in 2019.


$25 individual / $50 vip seating

(plus applicable sales tax and $1.75 processing fee)

Introducing VIP seating for Theater West End! Be part of the action in the front row, complete with cocktail table and special service. With a VIP seat, you get…

  • The best seat in the house!

  • Meet & greet with Tymisha Harris

  • Drink service before the show and during intermission (we come to you!)

  • Two included drinks

ADA seating available. Please contact the Box Office to reserve.