Working Their Way Back to You, Sarasota!

By Lydia Baxter After a sold out 18-week run, plus an additional 3-week special encore engagement last season, Unchained Melodies has become the biggest hit in FST Cabaret history. Over 20,000 people have already seen the popular music revue, outstripping other Cabarets like Blue Suede Shoes, Guitar Girls, and Piano Men. Now, due to audience demand, FST is proud to re-mount the production in its … Continue reading Working Their Way Back to You, Sarasota!

But I Swear They Were There!

By Madison McAllister In August of 1969, half a million people gathered in Bethel, New York for a music festival that would go down in history – Woodstock. On a 600-acre dairy farm, legendary artists flocked to make an appearance…but not these legendary artists: BOB DYLAN – Why did Bob Dylan turn down performing at one of the most iconic music festivals in history? One popular … Continue reading But I Swear They Were There!

Stop – What’s That Sound?

By Alex Drinnen and Becca Jennings It was the sweet harmonies of boy bands with matching suits, matching haircuts, and animal-inspired names. It was Joplin’s vocals, which sounded like someone flooring the accelerator and never looking back. It was Hendrix’s hypnotizing no-one’s-ever-made-a-sound-come-out-of-a-guitar-like-that-before solos. It was the kind of sound that could have only been born from one of America’s most turbulent, electrifying, and revolutionary decades. … Continue reading Stop – What’s That Sound?

The Southern Belle

A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle,” Alabama native Rosie Webber makes her FST Debut in the hit Cabaret, Outlaws and Angels. Rosie has been to Sarasota before though – she spent a few nights here when she performed at the Van Wezel with the national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. We sat down with Rosie to discuss how she taught herself piano, the raw … Continue reading The Southern Belle

Grit and Grace

Madalyn McHugh doesn’t just sing country music – she has lent her powerful voice to opera, pop, contemporary Christian, and musical theatre classics. She’s even opened for The Bacon Brothers (Kevin and Michael Bacon) and jazz guitarist Frank Vignola. In FST’s popular Cabaret, Outlaws and Angels, Madalyn has the chance to be front and center, delighting audiences with her performances of “Travelin’ Thru,” and “I Want … Continue reading Grit and Grace

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

“Come Together” with Carole J. Bufford

Carole J. Bufford grew up in a tiny town in Lincolnton, GA, listening to her mom play “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” on the radio. Now she is bringing that song, and many other classics from the ’60s and ’70s, to life on the stage in Come Together: When the 60s Met the 70s. Carole has become one of the brightest stars of New York … Continue reading “Come Together” with Carole J. Bufford

Old vs. New: Which One is For You?

By TJ Lewis Out of these hit songs, which artist made the best cover for you? Are you a die-hard fan for the original, or does the new version have more appeal? These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ By Nancy Sinatra Covered by Loretta Lynn and Jessica Simpson “These boots are made for walking…and one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over … Continue reading Old vs. New: Which One is For You?