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

The Uptown Boys Bring Billy Joel Favorites to Sarasota

What do you get when you mix two dozen Billy Joel classics with Motown-inspired choreography and tight, three-part harmony? You get New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys, the high-energy concert experience that brings FST’s Summer Cabaret Series to a close. The show’s co-creators, John De Simini and Alexander Aguilar, met while working together on such Broadway … Continue reading The Uptown Boys Bring Billy Joel Favorites to Sarasota

The Tenors Return!

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!

A Florida Studio Theatre Summer – A Personal Note from the Producing Artistic Director

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

Unveiling Our Future

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

This Summer: Beloved Music, Given New Life

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

He’s Back – William Selby Returns to “Laughing Matters”

Actor William Selby seems to eat, sleep, and breathe comedy. He recently returned to perform in Laughing Matters (Variant 6): Paranoia on Parade after going on a brief hiatus to direct—and act in—the popular revue parodying Broadway musicals, Forbidden Broadway. Now, Selby returns to FST to lend his comedic charms to FST’s popular sketch comedy musical revue and make audiences laugh. The rehearsal process for … Continue reading He’s Back – William Selby Returns to “Laughing Matters”

Back for Another Round of Laughter With Nick Anastasia

After six years, FST decided it was time to produce the next installment of the theatre’s popular musical sketch comedy show, Laughing Matters. So, of course, the show’s creators reached out to the actors who had gotten audiences laughing during the 2016 production. One of those performers was Nick Anastasia, who audiences may also remember from the hit Cabarets, Unchained Melodies (2019) and That’s Amoré! … Continue reading Back for Another Round of Laughter With Nick Anastasia