Jason Cannon has directed dozens of shows, including the hit Mainstage production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, at Florida Studio Theatre. But this Season marks something new for the theatre director—he worked with members of FST’s artistic team to develop the popular Cabaret, A Place in the Sun: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder. We sat down with Jason to talk about the power of … Continue reading Crafting a Cabaret – Meet Jason Cannon, Lead Developer of “A Place in the Sun”
Madalyn McHugh returns to FST this season for her fourth show at Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre: A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder. In past FST productions, McHugh has brought the music of Carole King, Dolly Parton, and Alicia Keys to life onstage. This Season, she takes on the music of Stevie Wonder, performing some of Wonder’s top hits, including “You Are … Continue reading A Positive Light: Meet Madalyn McHugh of “A Place in the Sun”
Like the music pioneer Stevie Wonder, Sean Holland II was born and raised in Michigan, where Sean has performed in some of the state’s most prestigious venues. Now, he brings the music of his fellow Michigander to life onstage in FST’s lively Cabaret, A Place in the Sun: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder. We sat down with Sean to talk about the importance of versatility … Continue reading Stevie Wonder and The Eye of Imagination: Artist Spotlight on Sean Holland II
FST’s latest hit Cabaret, The ’70s: More Than A Decade, opens with “A Fifth of Beethoven” written by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band and adapted by FST Resident Pianist Jim Prosser. “Jim takes classical and well-known songs and turns them on their heads,” said Managing Director and Cabaret Developer Rebecca Hopkins. “He wants audiences to know the words and the music. He wants … Continue reading Jim Prosser’s 30th Year With FST!
Musician and theatre artist Ben Senneff makes his FST debut with the theatre’s latest Cabaret, A Place in the Sun: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder. This high-energy salute to the music legend is packed with more than two dozen of Wonder’s biggest hits, including “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Superstition,” and “Isn’t She Lovely?” When Senneff discovered the magic of Stevie Wonder, … Continue reading Get to Know Motown Trivia King, Ben Senneff
Stevie Wonder was child prodigy who signed with a record label when he was just 11 years old and topped the Billboard chart with his single “Fingertips” at the age of 13. Like Wonder, Joshua Pyram has been performing and playing music since he was young and growing up in Brooklyn. With A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, Pyram has … Continue reading Singing the Songs of Stevie Wonder – Get to Know Cast Member, Joshua Pyram
He was an accomplished musician by age eight and made his recording debut at twelve. He is a 25-time Grammy winner and has been inducted into The Rock & Roll, Rhythm and Blues, and Songwriters Halls of Fame. He even helped make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a federal holiday. This Season, FST is celebrating the songbook of the one-and-only Stevie Wonder. Featuring such songs … Continue reading FST Cabaret Shines a Spotlight on the Songbook of Stevie Wonder
Few musical artists in history started out as child prodigies, created new musical genres, and pioneered the use of unique instruments. But for Stevie Wonder, these are only some of the highlights of his legendary career. This Season, FST celebrates the songbook and impact of the musical innovator and his timeless music in A Place in the Sun: A Tribute To Stevie Wonder. “He’s been … Continue reading Isn’t He Lovely?