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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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?
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
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
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