Mixing it Up With Brian Noonan, Creator of The Jersey Tenors

Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Sweet and salty. A pen and paper. When in comes to music, Rock & Roll and Opera probably aren’t the first two genres that come to mind. They weren’t either for Brian Noonan, the creator/founder of The Jersey Tenors, who are now performing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret. But once Brian mashed up the two genres, he … Continue reading Mixing it Up With Brian Noonan, Creator of The Jersey Tenors

The Uptown Boys Bring Billy Joel Favorites to Sarasota

What do you get when you mix two dozen Billy Joel classics with Motown-inspired choreography and tight, three-part harmony? You get New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys, the high-energy concert experience that brings FST’s Summer Cabaret Series to a close. The show’s co-creators, John De Simini and Alexander Aguilar, met while working together on such Broadway … Continue reading The Uptown Boys Bring Billy Joel Favorites to Sarasota

Re-envisioning Rock & Roll – With Jared Mancuso

Jared Mancuso first played Rock & Roll legend Buddy Holly in 2013 in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s production of the hit musical, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Over the next few years, he would go on to bring the iconic musician to life in four or five other productions. Later, in 2016, Mancuso teamed up with his friend and soon-to-be artistic partner, Nick Gallardo, to create … Continue reading Re-envisioning Rock & Roll – With Jared Mancuso

The Tenors Return!

Five years after their first appearance at FST, The Jersey Tenors are back with a new show celebrating artists from the stage to the screen. Called “Top-flight male vocalists” by The Observer, The Jersey Tenors have toured around the world, entertaining audiences with their one-of-a-kind renditions of Rock & Roll hits mashed up with opera classics. “It took us time to find our unique sound,” … Continue reading The Tenors Return!

Reviving Rock & Roll Classics – With Nick Gallardo

For Nick Gallardo, the arts were always in his blood. Literally. Nick was born in Tucson, AZ, to parents who met performing in the classic musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He grew up in a house where music was constantly playing, and watched his cousin Mike perform with the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus from a young age. Seeing Mike hone his skills and enjoy … Continue reading Reviving Rock & Roll Classics – With Nick Gallardo

Origin Story: Rock & Roll Reignited

Rock & Roll Reignited has been entertaining audiences across the country since 2016, but what inspired Jared Mancuso and Nick Gallardo to create this high-energy Rock & Roll experience? Jared and Nick first met while performing a tribute show called Rave On, celebrating such artists as Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. The two started talking and realized that they both loved the … Continue reading Origin Story: Rock & Roll Reignited

Classics Get a Makeover in “Rock & Roll Reignited”

Do you remember how you felt when you heard songs like “Johnny B. Goode,” “Twist and Shout” or “I Want to Hold Your Hand” for the very first time? Actor-musician Jared Mancuso certainly does. “I wasn’t even five-years-old. I was with my mom on our way to the mall when ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ came on the radio, and I was obsessed,” said … Continue reading Classics Get a Makeover in “Rock & Roll Reignited”

This Summer: Beloved Music, Given New Life

As our Winter Cabaret Series starts to wind down, our Summer Cabaret Series is just starting to ramp up! This summer, the Cabaret will be rockin’ and boppin’ with some of the best music from the past century—all presented with fresh, fun new twists. Kicking off our Summer Cabaret Series is Rock & Roll Reignited, an original musical revue that infuses Rock & Roll classics … Continue reading This Summer: Beloved Music, Given New Life

He’s Back – William Selby Returns to “Laughing Matters”

Actor William Selby seems to eat, sleep, and breathe comedy. He recently returned to perform in Laughing Matters (Variant 6): Paranoia on Parade after going on a brief hiatus to direct—and act in—the popular revue parodying Broadway musicals, Forbidden Broadway. Now, Selby returns to FST to lend his comedic charms to FST’s popular sketch comedy musical revue and make audiences laugh. The rehearsal process for … Continue reading He’s Back – William Selby Returns to “Laughing Matters”

Back for Another Round of Laughter With Nick Anastasia

After six years, FST decided it was time to produce the next installment of the theatre’s popular musical sketch comedy show, Laughing Matters. So, of course, the show’s creators reached out to the actors who had gotten audiences laughing during the 2016 production. One of those performers was Nick Anastasia, who audiences may also remember from the hit Cabarets, Unchained Melodies (2019) and That’s Amoré! … Continue reading Back for Another Round of Laughter With Nick Anastasia