‘Bootlegging & Broadway’ Takes Center Stage with The Carnegie’s Production of GEORGE REMUS: A NEW MUSICAL

TC_George Remus logoCOVINGTON, KY – It’s got crime, high stakes drama and features the tale of an American dream gone awry … And now, it’s coming to life on stage in Covington via The Carnegie.

GEORGE REMUS: A NEW MUSICAL takes the stage on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7pm at Covington Plaza (144 Madison Ave, Covington KY 41011). Set against the backdrop of the early 20th Century, the production tells the story of its namesake, a penniless German immigrant who grew up in Chicago and spent much of his life in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region.

First a pharmacist and then a lawyer, Remus eventually became the most famous of the bootleggers, complete with politicians in his pocket and the Chicago mob at his feet. Powered by his perfect scheme for selling whiskey by the barrel, he became ‘the’ supplier to many a speakeasy during Prohibition, leading to a lavish mansion and lifestyle befitting a millionaire playboy in 1922. Some even say he was the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famed character Jay Gatsby… But as this production will show, like most tragic empires, it all came crashing down.

“Prohibition remains a fascinating period in American history and the rise of organized crime, cult heroes and infamous figures,” said Maggie Perrino, Theater Director for The Carnegie. “GEORGE REMUS examines the story of a man pursuing his version of the American Dream with, given his local connections, make for a unique regional story.”

The staged reading of GEORGE REMUS will also offer an exclusive bourbon experience in partnership with Covington’s Revival Vintage Bottle Shop. For $35 guests can purchase a “self-guided” bourbon flight sampler (includes show admission). These packages may be purchased in advance and will be available for pick up at the performance venue will call the day of the show.

Tickets to GEORGE REMUS: A NEW MUSICAL range from $20-35 per person and can be purchased through The Carnegie Box Office, open Tuesday–Friday noon to 5 p.m., in person or by phone at (859) 957-1940 or online at www.thecarnegie.com.

CONTENT ADVISORY: The Carnegie’s production of GEORGE REMUS: A NEW MUSICAL includes adult themes and language. It is not recommended for children under 13.

The Carnegie’s 2020-21 Theatre Series is presented by the Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. Additional support comes from the Kentucky Department of Tourism. Support for The Carnegie Creative Disruption Committee programming series is provided by the John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust.


About The Carnegie
The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030. 

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati International Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the City of Covington. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. 

About The Carnegie Theatre Series
The Carnegie Theatre Series produces professional, innovative stagings of an eclectic range of theatrical works. Striving to unite the greater Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati theatre community through partnerships and collaborations, the series engages and nurtures both emerging and established talent, including working professionals, committed part-time theatre artists, university performing arts students and younger students. The Carnegie Theatre Series productions bring together these forces to provide quality theatre for Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area.

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