Dean Martin & The Legacy of a King

By Lydia Baxter Charisma. Comedy. Confidence. Dean Martin was “The King of Cool.” Elvis Presley admired him. Marilyn Monroe partied with him. And Frank Sinatra was his wingman. FST’s newest Cabaret, That’s Amoré! celebrates the great songbook and talent of Dean Martin. Featuring music that put Martin on the map, with classics like, “Everybody Loves Somebody,” “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” and “Volare,” … Continue reading Dean Martin & The Legacy of a King

Shine On, Bright Star

By Lydia Baxter We’ve all had musicals and movies that we grew up with, featuring songs or scenes we just can’t knock from our memories. For me, it was Guys and Dolls and West Side Story. For comedian Steve Martin, it was The Music Man and Oklahoma. For American singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, it was The Sound of Music. What is it about these musicals that cause … Continue reading Shine On, Bright Star

When Great Minds Think Alike

By Lydia Baxter Edie Brickell and Steve Martin are somewhat of an unlikely pairing—she’s a well-known singer-songwriter and he’s a comic legend. But they struck gold in 2013 with their Grammy Award-winning album, Love Has Come for You, and again three years later, when Bright Star hit Broadway. While Brickell and Martin were touring together shortly after their record release, they started discussing their love … Continue reading When Great Minds Think Alike

‘Bright Star’ Brings the Heart Home

By Meg Gilbert They say, “Home is where the heart is.” This fall, Florida Studio Theatre is proud to bring you the Florida Premiere of Bright Star, a play about coming home that is steeped in heart. Created by actor, comedian, and writer Steve Martin along with renowned folk singer Edie Brickell, Bright Star tells the story of Alice Murphy, a literary editor who meets … Continue reading ‘Bright Star’ Brings the Heart Home

The Universal “Mr. Cool”

Returning to FST after his appearance in the record-breaking Cabaret, Blue Suede Shoes, Nygel D. Robinson lends his smooth voice to the music of Dean Martin in That’s Amoré!. A forever fan of crooners like Sinatra and Bobby Darin, Nygel has learned, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, how to “embody the smooth sophistication of the period.” We sat down with Nygel to discuss the development process of That’s Amoré!, what he’s … Continue reading The Universal “Mr. Cool”

The Origins of The Four Seasons: Not a Folk Myth

By Jenna Tonsor and Lydia Baxter The Four Seasons are one of the best-selling American rock & roll groups to come out of the 1960s. The group has upwards of 25 chart-topping hits, and has influenced countless other musicians through their signature sound. This prominent all-male band featured Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi (who was replaced by Joe Long in 1964), and of course, … Continue reading The Origins of The Four Seasons: Not a Folk Myth

Amoré for the King of Cool

By Michael Nichols & Becca Jennings “If this is just the beginning, my life’s gonna be beautiful,” Dean Martin once said. And he was right. The original cool guy with a dusky baritone voice, Dean Martin was a fast-thinking, charismatic entrepreneur who not only sang his way to stardom, but built the bridges to help get him there. From his early days in Martin and … Continue reading Amoré for the King of Cool

Big Men in Town

By Michael Nichols and Lydia Baxter Blending smooth vocal harmonies with powerful solos, FST’s Summer Cabaret, Who Loves You: Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond, celebrates one of the most successful acts in music history. A feel-good show from beginning to end, Who Loves You takes the memorable songs of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and performs them in a new, captivating way. … Continue reading Big Men in Town

Five Reasons to Introduce Your Children to Theatre

By Michael Nichols and Lydia Baxter With entertainment just a click away, it can be tempting to leave kids – literally – to their own devices. While smartphones and tablets may provide hours of distraction, live theatre excites, educates, and inspires creativity in ways that no other medium can. At Florida Studio Theatre, children – and their favorite grown ups – are able to experience … Continue reading Five Reasons to Introduce Your Children to Theatre

Behind the Glamour: 1940s Hollywood

By Irene Martinko In The Swingaroos: Hollywood Serenade, The Swingaroos put their own swingin’ twist on songs from some of the top movies of the ’30s and ’40s. Scroll down to learn a little more about the movies that introduced audiences to songs like “At Last,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” and “Hooray for Hollywood.” Hollywood Hotel – 1937 Hollywood Hotel made history by featuring … Continue reading Behind the Glamour: 1940s Hollywood