The Spark of Inspiration with Jason Cohen

What does a nice Jewish boy from Jersey have in common with a hot headed rockabilly pop star from Louisiana? It’s a question Jason Cohen has been asked quite a few times, and, fortunately, the answer is always easy. Like Jerry Lee Lewis, Cohen is a self-taught pianist who took a childhood knack for tickling the ivories and turned it into a successful career in … Continue reading The Spark of Inspiration with Jason Cohen

‘Feeling Good’ This Summer

It all started with a song. Every time Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano, the co-creators of Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé, heard someone perform the song “Feeling Good,” they knew that they had to create a new musical production that put this number front and center. “The Michael Bublé arrangement of the song is pure perfection,” said Giattino. “It’s James Bond … Continue reading ‘Feeling Good’ This Summer

Becoming “The Killer”

“I remember once being asked, ‘How does a nice Jewish boy from the Jersey suburbs end up playing a hot-headed, gospel-singing bad boy from the wetlands of Louisiana?’” shared Jason Cohen, Great Balls of Fire front man and show co-creator. “The answer is in the music—in being taken over by the physical, cathartic experience of playing Rock & Roll as loud and as fast as … Continue reading Becoming “The Killer”

GOODNESS GRACIOUS! “Great Balls of Fire” Barrels Towards FST

A musical inferno is sweeping through FST’s Court Cabaret this summer. And one man stands center stage, holding the match. FST is proud to bring you Great Balls of Fire, an electrifying act honoring Rock & Roll’s first great wild man: the one-and-only Jerry Lee Lewis. “Jerry Lee saw a hole in the music industry,” said Jason Cohen, Great Balls of Fire front man and … Continue reading GOODNESS GRACIOUS! “Great Balls of Fire” Barrels Towards FST

A Summer of Stories and Song

Beginning this June, the stage lights will sparkle across FST’s beautiful Parisian Cabaret theatres for the first time in over a year. We are thrilled to bring you three sizzling musical revues starring some of the country’s top cabaret artists who will serenade Sarasota audiences with revolutionary Rock & Roll, crooner classics, and timeless swing standards. GOODNESS GRACIOUS! The Cabaret Series kicks off with Great … Continue reading A Summer of Stories and Song

Queen of the Keys with Madalyn McHugh

In 2020, Madalyn McHugh brought grit and grace to FST’s Goldstein Cabaret with her stunning Sarasota debut in the hit country music revue Outlaws & Angels. This spring, McHugh returned to Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre to “make the earth move” and share more beautiful music in FST’s all-new musical revue Three Pianos. We sat down with McHugh to learn more about her lifelong love affair with … Continue reading Queen of the Keys with Madalyn McHugh

A Welcome Return with Michael Maricondi

Two years after making his FST debut in the hit 2019 Summer Cabaret Who Loves You: A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond, the one-and-only Michael Maricondi has returned to dazzle audiences with his top notch piano playing in FST’s all-new musical revue, Three Pianos. We sat down with Michael to learn more about how he fell in love with “the keys” and what … Continue reading A Welcome Return with Michael Maricondi

On Higher Ground with Nygel D. Robinson

Having charmed audiences with his Rock & Roll rhythms in the record-breaking 2018 Cabaret Blue Suede Shoes and his polished charm in the 2020 hit revue That’s Amoré, Nygel D. Robinson returns to Sarasota to “tickle the ivories” in FST’s all-new musical revue Three Pianos. We sat down with Robinson to learn more about his relationship with the piano and what it’s been like to … Continue reading On Higher Ground with Nygel D. Robinson

Striking Chords

For over three hundred years, pianos have been the backbone of popular music. From classical composers to singer-songwriter superstars, musicians have turned to the keys to create some of the most iconic and influential compositions to date. Now, Florida Studio Theatre proudly presents Three Pianos, an all-new musical revue celebrating artists who redefined one of the most timeless instruments. Producing Artistic Director Richard Hopkins returns … Continue reading Striking Chords

A Spirited Summer Season

They say that the best things in life are worth waiting for, and we couldn’t agree more. This summer, FST returns to full production with a lively three-show Mainstage Series and a three-show Cabaret Series that celebrates the joy and resilience of contemporary theatre. Big Characters. Big Impact. FST’s 29th Summer Mainstage Season kicks off with Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, one of the most … Continue reading A Spirited Summer Season