FST Cabaret Shines a Spotlight on the Songbook of Stevie Wonder

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

The ’70s Are Back at FST

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

Sarasota Favorite, Jannie Jones, Returns to FST’s Cabaret

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

Isn’t He Lovely?

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?

Artist Spotlight – Get to Know Michael James Byrne

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

It’s Time to Get Your Groove On!

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!

Get to Know “The Uptown Boys” – Michael Fasano

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

Get to Know “The Uptown Boys” – Hank Von Kolnitz

Billy Joel is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, with over 160 million records sold worldwide. He has won five Grammy Awards and was honored by the Kennedy Center in 2013 for his invaluable contributions to American culture. This summer, FST presents a musical tribute to “The Piano Man” himself with a new, lively Cabaret: New York State of Mind – All the … Continue reading Get to Know “The Uptown Boys” – Hank Von Kolnitz

Get to Know “The Uptown Boys” – Sergi Robles

It wasn’t until performer Sergi Robles was working at an event in New York City and saw “The Piano Man” take the stage that he felt directly connected to Billy Joel’s music. In FST’s latest Summer Cabaret, New York State of Mind – All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys, Sergi brings some of Joel’s biggest hits to life with energy and … Continue reading Get to Know “The Uptown Boys” – Sergi Robles

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

When in comes to musical styles that go together, 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 realized what a delicious musical delicacy they really are. We sat down … Continue reading Mixing it Up With Brian Noonan, Creator of The Jersey Tenors