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The ridiculously funny musical about St. Pete is back, better than ever!

“Bathing Suit Inspector Requested in Florida”

New York Times, Jan. 26, 1922

A staged reading of Sunshine City, The Musical by Dewey Davis-Thompson and Tom Sivak will be held at St. Pete Opera  on September 10, 2018.

A concert performance of Sunshine City, The Musical will be held on October 28, 2018 as part of the St. Pete Arts Alliance Festival of the Arts.


Start With The Truth...

Jack Handsome knows how to get the paper to print his fabricated headlines, but can he win the heart of Flora Day, the editor's skeptical daughter?

Based on the true story of the first publicity director for an American town, Sunshine City The Musical follows Jack Handsome as he conjures up publicity stunts to lure tourists to St. Pete!  With the help of Hey Kid, Chaos the Dog, and even Ponce DeLeon, Jack learns that real treasure is not always where you think it is and that sunshine is a state of mind.

Add A Bit of Fairy Tale...

“Help! Sea Vamps Capture St. Pete’s Bachelor Mayor”

Racine Journal News, March 7, 1922

One of several true publicity stunts recreated in Sunshine City, The Musical involves an elaborate scheme with “outraged” citizens, called the St. Petersburg League of Upright Citizens – S.P.L.U.C. –  in this song from our 2015 reading at the Palladium, ​sung by Jan Neuberger, Becca McCoy and Melissa Misener.

“Wives Ask Mayor to Shield Hubbies from Sea Vamps.”
Danville Bee Feb. 17, 1922.
“Wives Ask Mayor to Shield Their Husbands from Wiles of Sea Vamps.”
Fort Wayne Journal. Feb. 9, 1922.

That's the Recipe for ...

Here is a song from our first staged reading at the Palladium.  The words have changed to fit the latest version of the show, but the love is still there!

Both our 2015 staged reading at the Palladium Theatre and the 2018 readings at St. Petersburg Opera were funded in part by grants from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.

September 10 and October 28

Meet the Sunshine Citizens

Tom Sivak