The Origins of The Four Seasons: Not a Folk Myth

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

Amoré for the King of Cool

By Michael Nichols & Becca Jennings “If this is just the beginning, my life’s gonna be beautiful,” Dean Martin once said. And he was right. The original cool guy with a dusky baritone voice, Dean Martin was a fast-thinking, charismatic entrepreneur who not only sang his way to stardom, but built the bridges to help get him there. From his early days in Martin and … Continue reading Amoré for the King of Cool

Big Men in Town

By Michael Nichols and Lydia Baxter Blending smooth vocal harmonies with powerful solos, FST’s Summer Cabaret, Who Loves You: Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond, celebrates one of the most successful acts in music history. A feel-good show from beginning to end, Who Loves You takes the memorable songs of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and performs them in a new, captivating way. … Continue reading Big Men in Town

Five Reasons to Introduce Your Children to Theatre

By Michael Nichols and Lydia Baxter With entertainment just a click away, it can be tempting to leave kids – literally – to their own devices. While smartphones and tablets may provide hours of distraction, live theatre excites, educates, and inspires creativity in ways that no other medium can. At Florida Studio Theatre, children – and their favorite grown ups – are able to experience … Continue reading Five Reasons to Introduce Your Children to Theatre

Relive Your High School Prom With The Marvelous Wonderettes

By Jenna Tonsor Kicking off the Summer Mainstage Season is the Off-Broadway hit, The Marvelous Wonderettes, by Roger Bean. It’s 1958 at the Springfield High School Senior Prom. When the big event unexpectedly loses its musical act, it’s up to four friends to take to the stage, and help make prom a night to remember in four-part harmony. In this 90-minute jukebox musical, you’ll meet … Continue reading Relive Your High School Prom With The Marvelous Wonderettes

Healing Waters: From Poverty to Stardom

By Michael Nichols You could call her journey a “Cinderella story…” That is, maybe, if Cinderella had been born black, to a traumatized mother, raised poor, alone, and hounded by hunger, only to rise to the pinnacle of American stardom. Fourteen years since its World Premiere right here at FST, Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow returns with a powerful musical biography celebrating … Continue reading Healing Waters: From Poverty to Stardom

11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival

By Sarah Durham The start of summer at Florida Studio Theatre means the Sarasota Improv Festival is right around the corner! Director of Improv Will Luera is gearing up for an exciting Festival featuring teams from across the country and as far as the United Kingdom and Canada. This year marks the 11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival, and with it, new teams, new workshops, and … Continue reading 11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival

A Cabaret Season of Change, Contrast, and Charisma

By: Michael Nichols FST’s Summer Cabaret Series brings existing Cabaret shows from across the country to the Gulf Coast, created by some of the top Cabaret performers from major cities like New York City and Chicago. Since 2014, FST’s Summer Cabaret Series has showcased an exciting variety of musical styles and talent for Sarasota audiences – from the development of jazz in the 1920s to … Continue reading A Cabaret Season of Change, Contrast, and Charisma

A “Marvelous” Start to Summer

By Lydia Baxter Opening FST’s 2019 Summer Mainstage season is the Off-Broadway hit musical The New York Times called “An utter charm bomb”—The Marvelous Wonderettes by Roger Bean. Produced across the country to sold-out houses for over twenty years, The Marvelous Wonderettes takes audiences on a cotton-candy colored musical trip down memory lane with over 30 of the top hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s, … Continue reading A “Marvelous” Start to Summer