WNKU | Scene & Heard: The Legend Of Georgia McBride at Ensemble Theatre, Cincinnati
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14 Sep Scene & Heard: The Legend Of Georgia McBride at Ensemble Theatre, Cincinnati

Cincinnati was buzzing on Friday night. I met my wife, Nikki, downtown and we started the evening at Prime47, enjoying cocktails and dinner at their beautiful bar on the corner of 6th and Walnut. The happy hour sliders are incredible and a steal at only $7 for 2. But the best part was waiting for the Cincinnati Bell Connector to come cruising by, packed with passengers every time on opening night.

About 6:30, we walked around the block to 6th and Main, where we caught the Bell to head up to OTR. Well, Nikki caught the Bell. I had my bike with me and it wasn’t going to fit with the crowds.

We reunited at 12th and Vine. Nikki gushed about the ride; I’d have to wait until later in the evening for my first experience.

Some shopping at Homage and Sloane helped pass the time until the start of the show. We love the T-shirt designs at Homage and the fact that everything is made in the USA. With FC Cincinnati making a playoff push, we had to pick up some gear, plus get ready for Xavier seasonĀ  (NKU season!)

Soon enough, it was time to grab our tickets at Ensemble Theatre and find our seats for The Legend of Georgia McBride.

I’ll be honest. When I won the tickets through WNKU’s Twitter account, I knew nothing about the show. We’ve been to a few performances at Ensemble through Enjoy The Arts, but Georgia McBride was not on our radar.

It turned out to be a special evening. Michael Gerard Carr dazzled as Casey, a struggling Elvis impersonator turned drag queen star.

I don’t want to give away much; this is a show everyone should go see. But Casey’s journey beautifully exposed his strengths and failings, making for a very honest, emotional evening. Nikki and I both had tears in our eyes as Georgia McBride came to a close.

Stepping outside close to 10 pm, we saw the Bell approaching 12th and Vine. Squeezing onto the train, we decided to go the full loop. For the first time in two years, Cincinnati felt big. Everyone crowded onto public transportation, sharing the city that we must build together.

Submitted by Andy Shenk