Get to Know “The Uptown Boys” – Michael Fasano

Michael Fasano has traveled the country playing Frankie Valli in a national tour of the hit musical Jersey Boys, which takes audiences behind the scenes (and behind the music) of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. He also toured the continent of Asia with Grease, playing Sonny, the funny, smart-aleck member of The T-Birds. Now he brings his smooth tenor voice and slick dance moves … Continue reading Get to Know “The Uptown Boys” – Michael Fasano

Get to Know “The Uptown Boys” – Hank Von Kolnitz

Billy Joel is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, with over 160 million records sold worldwide. He has won five Grammy Awards and was honored by the Kennedy Center in 2013 for his invaluable contributions to American culture. This summer, FST presents a musical tribute to “The Piano Man” himself with a new, lively Cabaret: New York State of Mind – All the … Continue reading Get to Know “The Uptown Boys” – Hank Von Kolnitz

Get to Know “The Uptown Boys” – Sergi Robles

It wasn’t until performer Sergi Robles was working at an event in New York City and saw “The Piano Man” take the stage that he felt directly connected to Billy Joel’s music. In FST’s latest Summer Cabaret, New York State of Mind – All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys, Sergi brings some of Joel’s biggest hits to life with energy and … Continue reading Get to Know “The Uptown Boys” – Sergi Robles

The Conniving Director of “Smoke & Mirrors” – With Ben Cherry

At the center of the comedic murder mystery, Smoke & Mirrors is Hamilton Orr, a crafty Hollywood film director who wants complete control over a multi-million-dollar movie. In order to take the reins of the film, he comes up with a deadly scheme and recruits his wife, Barbara, and creative partner, Clark, to lend a hand. Things do not go as planned and the wily … Continue reading The Conniving Director of “Smoke & Mirrors” – With Ben Cherry

Mixing it Up With Brian Noonan, Creator of The Jersey Tenors

When in comes to musical styles that go together, Rock & Roll and Opera probably aren’t the first two genres that come to mind. They weren’t either for Brian Noonan, the creator/founder of The Jersey Tenors, who are now performing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret. But once Brian mashed up the two genres, he realized what a delicious musical delicacy they really are. We sat down … Continue reading Mixing it Up With Brian Noonan, Creator of The Jersey Tenors

The Uptown Boys Bring Billy Joel Favorites to Sarasota

What do you get when you mix two dozen Billy Joel classics with Motown-inspired choreography and tight, three-part harmony? You get New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys, the high-energy concert experience that brings FST’s Summer Cabaret Series to a close. The show’s co-creators, John De Simini and Alexander Aguilar, met while working together on such Broadway … Continue reading The Uptown Boys Bring Billy Joel Favorites to Sarasota

Full of Heart – With Rachel Moulton

In Audrey Cefaly‘s uplifting comedy, Maytag Virgin, FST Associate Artist Rachel Moulton plays Lizzy Nash, a quick-witted English teacher taking a break from the classroom after losing someone close to her. Moulton has the unique artistic challenge of not only having to memorize a vast majority of the play’s dialogue but also having to tell the story of Lizzy’s complex (and very human) emotional journey. … Continue reading Full of Heart – With Rachel Moulton

Classic Hollywood is Back With a Vengeance

Nothing is at it seems in Smoke & Mirrors, a comedic murder mystery about a band of Hollywood creatives who only care about one thing more than themselves: guaranteeing that their latest film will be a box office smash hit. Hamilton is an enterprising Hollywood director, consumed by a scandalous vision for the film. Clark is a frenzied screenwriter who is fiercely determined that his … Continue reading Classic Hollywood is Back With a Vengeance

The Healing Power of Love – With Blake Price

Actor Blake Price is no stranger to playing a leading man—he played Monty Navarro in the national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Jimmy Ray Dobbs in FST’s hit 2020 production of Steve Martin & Edie Brickell’s Bright Star. This summer, he returns to FST to play Jack Key, a mild-mannered Southern man who moves in next door to a quick-witted, … Continue reading The Healing Power of Love – With Blake Price

Re-envisioning Rock & Roll – With Jared Mancuso

Jared Mancuso first played Rock & Roll legend Buddy Holly in 2013 in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s production of the hit musical, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Over the next few years, he would go on to bring the iconic musician to life in four or five other productions. Later, in 2016, Mancuso teamed up with his friend and soon-to-be artistic partner, Nick Gallardo, to create … Continue reading Re-envisioning Rock & Roll – With Jared Mancuso