The ‘70s: More Than A Decade

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Get ready to get your groove on—we’re celebrating all things ‘70s, baby! With music made famous by The Who, Carole King, The Bee Gees, Marvin Gaye, and more, this dynamic new Cabaret traces a pivotal decade and some of the greatest music ever recorded. From the war in Vietnam to the rise of disco, this energetic Cabaret celebrates the musical hit parade that was the 1970s. Featuring such songs as “Joy to the World,” “Let It Be,” “Stayin’ Alive,” and more.

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The ‘70s: More Than A Decade, By Rebecca Hopkins, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham with Musical Arrangements by Jim Prosser, is playing October 5, 2022 - February 12, 2023 in FST's John C. Court Cabaret. 

Run Time: 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission. 

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CREATIVE

Director  |  Catherine Randazzo
Music Director | Darren Server
Choreographer  |  Ellie Mooney
Scenic Design | Alex Price
Costume Design | April Andrew Carswell
Lighting Designer  |  Andrew Gray
Sound Designer  |  Thom Korp
 

CAST

Brianna Barnes
Michael James Byrne
Jannie Jones
Eddie Weaver
Jim Prosser - Pianist


BRIANNA BARNES | Brianna's album, Hierophanies: Manifestations of the Sacred, made the first round on the Grammy Awards ballot and can be found on all streaming platforms. She is the Composer/Lyricist of Let There Be Light (Best Musical/Best Score, NY Theatre Festival); Rathskeller (Best Musical - BroadwayWorld’s Off-Off Broadway Awards); and Walking With Bubbles. She recently played Lucy in the national tour of A Charlie Brown Christmas and has performed at Theatre Aspen, John W. Engeman Theater, and The Wick. brianna-barnes.com

MICHAEL JAMES BYRNE returns to FST after performing in The Wanderers (2021-22). Other credits: Original International Cast of Stephen Schwartz’s Magic To Do, Drew in Rock of Ages (NCL), Tony in West Side Story (Moonlight Stage Productions), and Billy Lawlor in 42 Street (Peach State Theatre). Michael has performed in concerts and workshops with such composers as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Schwartz. Michael has also directed award-winning short films, stage plays, and musicals, and is an accomplished Acting/Vocal Coach. michaeljamesbyrne.com @mjb3

JANNIE JONES revived the role she co-created in Ethel Waters at FST in 2019. Broadway/Off-Broadway/1st National Tours: The Full Monty (U/S Georgie), Hair (Dionne), Mama I Want to Sing (Sis. Carrie), and Faith Journey (Traci). Regional Theatre: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story “Marlena” (Tuacahn & FST), Caroline in Caroline or Change (WBTT), Lena Younger in Raisin (WBTT), Guitar Girls (FST), Blue Suede Shoes (FST), and Gathering Blue, where she created the role of Annabella (Mt. Gretna Theatre). TV: The Get Down (Cool Herc’s Mom). She has also performed at Carnegie Hall.

EDDIE WEAVER | This is Eddie’s second year at FST! Eddie recently completed FST’s Acting Apprenticeship Training Program. He participated in over six productions, ranging from Cinderella to The Wanderers. He studied performance at Columbus State University, where he earned his BA in Theatre. Favorite credits include: The Wiz (Lion), Once On This Island (Agwe), and Detroit 67 (Sly). Eddie is thrilled to be back at FST, and to be working with such a wonderful cast.

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THE '70S: MORE THAN A DECADE IN THE NEWS

November 22, 2022  I  Suncoast Culture Club  I  Eddie Weaver, Cast Member of Florida Studio Theatre's The '70s: More Than a Decade, Joins the Club

October 6, 2022  I  Sarasota Herald-Tribune  I  From Beatles to Bee Gees, Florida Studio Theatre cabaret sings hits of the 1970s

October 2022 Issue  I  SRQ Magazine  Florida Studio Theatre's Cabaret Series

REVIEWS

Total Theater
"A treat as much for the eyes as for the ears"
"Hits a new high"
"Rousing"
"Spirited"
"Superb"
"Clever"
"Compelling"

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INTERVIEWS WITH ARTISTS

Sarasota Favorite, Jannie Jones, Returns to FST's Cabaret

Artist Spotlight - Get to Know Michael James Byrne

ARTICLES BY FST

The '70s Are Back at FST

It's Time to Get Your Groove On!

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES

Get an overview of important moments in music during the 1970s | CLICK HERE 

Five important Rock & Roll moments of the ‘70s | CLICK HERE

The 1970s were also a time of transformation and experimentation when it came to fashion. Check out some of the decade’s hottest trends via Harper’s Bazaar | CLICK HERE

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Getting Here:

FST's Court Cabaret is located on the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue inside FST's Hegner Theatre Wing. For GPS purposes, use the address of 1265 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. For a map of FST buildings and venues, please see below. For more information, please call the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000.


Handicap Drop Off:

FST's Court Cabaret: Handicap drop off is at the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue.

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