(Sarasota, FL)—Florida Studio Theatre’s Summer Cabaret Season kicks off with the strong and seamless vocal harmonies of The Jersey Tenors, a Sarasota Favorite, The Blue-Eyed Bettys, and the Spunky 1920s jazz music of Roar: The Music of the Jazz Age. The season opens on June 15 and runs through September 24 in the Court Cabaret. A subscription to all three shows can be purchased for as little as $39. All subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased at the FST Box Office in person or by calling (941) 366-9000 or online at www.FloridaStudioTheatre.org.
FST’s Summer Cabaret season kicks off with four talented tenors from The Garden State. The newest Opera/Rock mash-up sensation that creates an explosive blend of iconic music. From the opera classics to artists such as Queen, ABBA, Frankie Valli, The Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Springsteen, and more – The Jersey Tenors will have you singing along as they raise the roof with their powerful voices. “Herald & Review describes this show as “High energy” with “One hit after another.” “These tenors are a good eclectic mix. They are able to show off their voices, but they are great stage performers too. They all have that background.” said Producing Artistic Director, Richard Hopkins. The Jersey Tenors will play in the Court Cabaret from June 15 to July 16.
Second in the season are Sarasota favorites The Blue-Eyed Bettys. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune says with their “Sweet harmonies” they are the “Most exciting Americana act to hit Sarasota.” With Daniel Emond on banjo, Sarah Hund on fiddle, and Ben Mackel on guitar, The Blue-Eyed Bettys delight with their contemporary bluegrass sound. An original music group formed while performing in the hit FST Cabaret show Poems, Prayers, and Promises, audiences are snapped to attention with their powerful vocals, three part harmony, inventive storytelling, and natural onstage chemistry.
According to Hopkins, “They have a great sound with covers and original material. It’s accessible, smart music, and they have a tremendous ability to play a wide variety of style of music and instruments.” The Blue-Eyed Bettys will be playing in the Court Cabaret from July 18 through August 20.
Closing out the Summer Mainstage Season in the Court Cabaret is the 1920s girl gone wild, Carole Bufford, in her show, Roar: The Music of the Jazz Age. Featuring classics from the Jazz Age songbook made famous by the likes of Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Helen Morgan, Ruth Etting, Al Jolson, and more. Join as Carole travels back to a time where flappers, vamps and sheiks were shimmying in gin joints as a whirl of great social and political change happened all around them. Doublewide will be playing in the Gompertz Theatre from August 2 to August 20. Hopkins says, “She’s considered one of the stalwarts in the American Cabaret scene.”
All three shows of the Summer Mainstage Season, The Jersey Tenors, The Blue-Eyed Bettys, and
Roar: The Music of the Jazz Age. will be presented at FST’s Court Cabaret. Single tickets range from $36-39. A subscription for all three shows can be purchased for as little as $39. All subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased at the FST Box Office in person or by calling (941) 366-9000 or online at www.FloridaStudioTheatre.org.
About Florida Studio Theatre
Known as Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre was founded in 1973 by Artist, Jon Spelman. Starting out as a small touring company, FST traveled to places such as migrant camps and prisons. The company then acquired the former Woman’s Club building, becoming the first permanent venue. Shortly after Producing Artistic Director, Richard Hopkins arrived, the building was purchased and renamed The Keating Theatre. In the years that followed, Florida Studio Theatre established itself as a major force in American Theatre, presenting contemporary theatre in its five theatre venues: the Keating Theatre, the Gompertz Theatre, the Parisian style Goldstein Cabaret and John C. Court Cabaret, and Bowne’s Lab Theatre.
Even with its growth, Florida Studio Theatre remains firmly committed to making the arts accessible and affordable to a broad-based audience. FST develops theatre that speaks to our living, evolving, and dynamically changing world. As FST grows and expands, it continues to provide audiences with challenging, contemporary drama and innovative programs.