Get to Know the Know-It-All

We sat down with Nathaniel P. Claridad, the human history book of doo-wop. Find out more about him here: Have you ever performed in a cabaret before? If not, how would you describe FST’s process? This is my first experience performing in a cabaret!  The process of creating Unchained Melodies was a whirlwind.  Imagine workshopping and fully mounting a jukebox musical in three weeks – things … Continue reading Get to Know the Know-It-All

From Under the Street Lamps and Into the Spotlight

by Becca Jennings Its roots were simple: Acappella singing, tight, four-part harmonies, and straightforward lyrics — sometimes with a few non-sensible made-up words like “dip dip dip and sha-boom.” Unchained Melodies celebrates the great harmony groups of the 20th century — an era of music where voices sounded like finely tuned instruments. Where there are limited resources there is often creative ingenuity. Without musical instruments … Continue reading From Under the Street Lamps and Into the Spotlight

Guess Who?

by Mary Donofrio The artists in Unchained Melodies were trailblazers who changed the face of popular music. Can you match these faces to some of their legendary accomplishments? Unchained Melodies is now playing in the Court Cabaret. Call (941) 366-9000 or visit http://www.floridastudiotheatre.org to get your tickets today. This group from New Jersey is one of the best-selling musical acts of all time, having sold over 100 … Continue reading Guess Who?

On Broadway!

by Mary Donofrio Jersey Boys: This musical tells the story of the formation, success, and eventual dissolution of The Four Seasons. The show took Broadway by storm in 2005, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. Motown: The Musical: Developed by Berry Gordy Jr. himself, Motown: The Musical centers around Motown Records’ rise to prominence, and on Gordy himself as well as the artists he helped to … Continue reading On Broadway!

Behind the Songs

by Mary Donofrio While many artists during the 1950s and ‘60s wrote their own songs, professional songwriters also played a large role in creating iconic chart toppers that we still enjoy today. Here are a few of the composers and lyricists behind the music in : Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller: The undeniable kings of rock n’ roll songwriting, Leiber and Stoller met in 1950, … Continue reading Behind the Songs

From Under the Boardwalk to the Top of the Charts

by TJ Lewis Get ready to SH-Boom all night long with this season’s Winter Cabaret opener, Unchained Melodies, a celebration of male harmony groups. Our talented lineup of versatile vocalists will take you on a musical trip down memory lane beginning with doo-wop and continuing through some of the smoothest sounds of the 1950s and ‘60s. Featuring hits such as “Baby I Need Your Loving,” … Continue reading From Under the Boardwalk to the Top of the Charts