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The Swingaroos performing at Florida Studio Theatre in 2015. Pictured, from left to right: Nat Ranson, Daniel Glaude, Kimberly Hawkey, Oliver Watkinson, Uri Zelig, and Assaf Gleizner. (Photo courtesy of FST)

Florida Studio Theatre to Present Music Through the Decades in Summer Season

A mainstage musical chronicling the life of Ethel Waters will be joined in the lineup by cabaret productions featuring music from the mid-20th century.

SARASOTA, FLA.: Florida Studio Theatre has announced its 2019 summer season, including three mainstage productions and three cabaret musical revues.

“Sarasota no longer slows down in the summer,” Richard Hopkins, FST’s producing artistic director said in a statement. “FST discovered this over 20 years ago when we launched our first summer season and we have continued to grow ever since.”

The mainstage season will open with Roger Bean’s The Marvelous Wonderettes (May 29-June 16). The musical, featuring songs such as “Lollipop” and “Mr. Sandman,” follows a group of four girls who take the stage at their 1958 high school prom after its planned musical act is lost.

Next in the mainstage season will be Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow (June 26-Aug. 4), Larry Parr’s musical biography about the title actor and singer.

The mainstage season will close with the regional premiere of The Cottage (July 31-Aug. 18) by Sandy Rustin. In the comedy, a woman decides to reveal her secret love affair to her husband.

Come Together: When the 60s Met the 70s (June 11-July 21) will open the cabaret season. Featuring music made famous by Cher, the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and more, this musical revue explores the changing musical landscape from 1965-75.

The cabaret season will continue with The Swingaroos: Hollywood Serenade (July 23-Aug. 30), a jazzy revue inspired by the golden age of Hollywood.

The final installment of the cabaret season will be Who Loves You: Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond  (Sept. 3-Oct. 13), a musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Founded in 1973, Florida Studio Theatre presents 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.

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