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!
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
Playwright Audrey Cefaly asks two things of all of her characters: “How did you get so stuck?” and, “What is the full cost of leaving?” “I believe that stories of healing are important,” said Cefaly. “I gravitate toward characters who are lost, stuck, and emotionally fatigued. I want to tell every love story worth telling.” Cefaly’s plays are almost always “two-handers,” or plays that feature … Continue reading The Root of Every Love Story Ever Told
Some say it’s blind. Others say it’s eternal. Plato called it “a serious mental disease.” For Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Audrey Cefaly, maybe love is all these things. This is where her play, Maytag Virgin, takes root. In this uplifting Southern love story, the unflappable Jack Key moves in next door to the endearingly neurotic Lizzy Nash, and almost instantaneously, sparks begin to fly. Her yard … Continue reading Love is a Funny Thing
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
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”
As the Winter Season comes to a close, it is a time of reflection. We had a very successful winter despite the obstacles of COVID. But now, we have mostly come through it and we are the stronger for it. When I reflect on this past Winter Season, especially Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and The Legend of Georgia McBride, I am reminded of how … Continue reading A Florida Studio Theatre Summer – A Personal Note from the Producing Artistic Director
For some people, the best day of the year is their birthday. For others, it’s the last day of school, New Year’s Eve, or their wedding anniversary. For many at FST, the best day of the year is Young Playwrights Festival Day, which brings together educators, young students, and their families from around the world to celebrate young people’s creativity and imagination. Also known as … Continue reading The Best Day of the Year Returns!
On February 28, 2022, Florida Studio Theatre announced the plans for an ambitious new endeavor: The Mulva Arts Plaza. The largest expansion project in the theatre’s 49-year history, FST will construct an eleven-story building on its campus in downtown Sarasota adjacent to the theatre’s existing Hegner Theatre Wing. This will enable FST to meet its expanding needs and strengthen the theatre’s role as a vital … Continue reading Unveiling Our Future
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