Roar! The Music of the 1920s and Beyond
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.
One of cabaret's brightest rising stars
Carole J. Bufford
CAROLE J. BUFFORD has become one of the most sought-after performers on the New York jazz and cabaret scene. Carole recently completed an unprecedented 10-month run at Birdland Jazz Club and is currently touring around the US and Europe. Her shows, speak easy. (featuring the Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks), Shades Of Blue, and You Don’t Own Me earned her rave reviews from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Times (UK). Carole was featured in Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Series at Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as his Evening Of Gershwin with the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra. She is the recipient of a Nightlife, Bistro, and BroadwayWorld Award for Outstanding Vocalist. Carole’s debut album, All By Myself, is hot off the press and now available for purchase in the lobby after the show. CaroleJBufford.com
TONY BRUNO is honored and proud of his 30-year work relationship with FST. Recently, Tony appeared in FST’s production of Burt & Me. He has drummed for over 60 different musicals across the country, completed 15 national tours, and performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world. A career not limited to show drumming, Tony has shared stage and recording studio with many true greats in the music world; BB King, The Tokens, JR Watson, June Garber, Benny E King, and Dick Hyman, to name a few.
KEITH GREENE grew up in Asheboro, N.C. He spent four years at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. The next four years, he traveled around the US with bands. In 1973, Keith went to N.C. to visit family, and Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus came to town. Keith was hired to play lead trumpet for three weeks. The third week, the conductor became ill and he was hired to conduct. Keith originally planned to stay one year for the money, but 28 years and three wives later, he left. He is currently in six bands and travels with three circuses. Keith also plays theatres, enjoys sailing in his boat, and has a great life.
KROY PRESLEY is excited to be performing with Carole Bufford in Roar! His debut at FST was in the winter of 2016 when he played the role of Jay Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet. He also just finished performing with The Blue Eyed Bettys this summer at FST for their cabaret show. Kroy began playing music at the age of 8, starting with piano; but then he discovered his passion for the electric bass. Eventually his musical journey lead him towards learning how to play the upright bass. www.kroypresley.com
Music Director | Michael Masci
Lighting Designer | Ryan E. Finzelber
Sound Designer | Thom Korp