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”
What would The Wizard of Oz be without “Somewhere Over the Rainbow?” Who can (or even wants to) imagine Jaws with out its iconic “Dun-Dun…” or Star Wars without its sweeping orchestral score? From the early days of silent films to today with beloved songs like “Circle of Life” and “My Heart Will Go On,” music and movies have always gone hand in hand. This … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Music!
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
Get ready to get your groove on – we’re celebrating all things ‘70s, baby! It was the decade that brought us disco balls, go-go boots, macramé, the invention of Post-Its, and the very first Apple Computer. It was the decade that brought our troops home from Vietnam and brought on government distrust in the wake of Watergate. But the 1970s also brought us something more: … Continue reading The ’70s Are Back at FST
Though she lives in New York City, Jannie Jones is a staple of the Sarasota performing arts community. Jones has been featured in almost two dozen FST productions, including the powerful musical biography Ethel Waters: His Eye in on the Sparrow, the runaway Cabaret hit Blue Suede Shoes, and last season’s hit musical, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. This season, she brings the distinct music … Continue reading Sarasota Favorite, Jannie Jones, Returns to FST’s Cabaret
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?
Even though he was not alive during the 1970s, Michael James Bryne grew up listening to the decade’s biggest artists, from Carole King and Elton John to ABBA and Queen. Now, in FST’s latest music revue, The ’70s: More Than A Decade, Byrne gets to revisit the music that was always playing in his house when he was young. We sat down with Michael to … Continue reading Artist Spotlight – Get to Know Michael James Byrne
The 1970s were a decade unlike any other, and gave birth to music unlike any other decade that came before. This Season, FST is celebrating that music in The ’70s: More Than a Decade. Featuring such hits as “Joy to the World,” “Let it Be,” “Stayin’ Alive,” and more, audiences should get ready to get their groove on as we travel down memory lane together … Continue reading It’s Time to Get Your Groove On!
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