Piano Menby Richard Hopkins and Catherine Randazzo with Caroline Kaiser
Arrangements by Jim Prosser
From honkytonks to magnificent concert halls, the men of Piano Men performed on a variety of stages, lived diverse lifestyles and most importantly, wrote about their experiences.
A tribute to the virtuosity and elegance of the “piano man,” Piano Men features the works of the 20th Century’s best pianists and songwriters such as Billy Joel, Elton John, and Barry Manilow. Featuring songs such as “Piano Man,” “Your Song,” and “I Write the Songs.”
Packs an emotional wallop
GREG AMOS is a multi-woodwind player who over the years has worked with groups and artists The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Steve Laurence and Eydie Gorme’, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Crystals, The Mills Brothers, Kay Starr, regional and local groups. As a woodwind player Greg’s musical theatre experience includes having played more than 50 different broadway style musicals including the world re-premiere of Richard Adlers Kwamina in the late 90’s. This is Greg’s second season at FST having also played Hairspray.
TONY BRUNO began his professional drumming career at age 17 in FST’s 1988 production of No Way To Treat A Lady. Since then, Tony has drummed for 52 different musicals across the country. He has completed twelve national tours. Not limited to show drumming, Tony has shared the recording studio and/or stage with Ben E. King, The Tokens, Fabian, Jr Watson, BB King, Bobby Haggard, Johnny Varro, June Garbar, Bowzer, Steve Guyger, Terry Hank, Jesse Yawn, and Dick Hyman.
(December 12 - January 31)
CHUCK DAVIS is thrilled to be a part of the Cabaret Series. A long time resident of New York he recently moved to Florida and has settled on the Sun Coast permanently. He started his musical career playing guitar in rock bands, Top 40 cover bands, and show bands. Chuck was the lead guitarist for “The Happenings”, the band behind “See You in September” (1966) and “I’ve Got Rhythm” (1967). He toured with the band in its later years. Once “off the road” he built a recording studio in the Hudson Valley where he produced and recorded local artists. He also taught and continues to teach guitar and bass guitar to aspiring musicians of all ages. He led a grants based Saturday enrichment program in New York called “Guitar Stars” for urban youth ages 7 to 10. Chuck also plays the harp guitar. His performances are focused on rock, standards, classical and original instrumentals.
DONN FOSTER served with the United States Navy band for 24 years, a White House support unit. Performances include inauguration parades, capital hill reception for British parliament, and events in Europe, Cuba, Bermuda and through out the United States. He performed for the Florida Studio Theatre production of Smokey Joe’s Café and other local productions.
(November 30 - December 11 & February 1 - April 23)
JOHN GRIECO Regional: Murder for Two (Marcus) at Depot Theatre, Million Dollar Quartet (Jerry Lee Lewis) at Croswell Opera House, Oklahoma (Curly) at Ocean City Theatre Company, Les Misérables at Fulton Theatre, South Pacific at Riverside Theatre, Phantom at Gateway Playhouse, The Secret Garden at WPPAC, Carousel (Billy Bigelow), Brigadoon (Tommy), and Sweeney Todd (Anthony). NY: West Side Story (Tony) at Harbor Lights Theatre, Three Wishes for Jamie (Musicals Tonight!), and Martha (Liederkranz Opera Theatre). www.johngrieco.com
BRIAN WALTERS is making his Florida Studio Theatre debut in Piano Men. Brian recently starred as Marcus in the musical comedy Murder for Two at TheatreSquared and Mason Street Warehouse. In New York, he appeared as Bart in The 12: a new rock musical (Signature Theater). Other credits include Tommy in The Who’s Tommy (West Virginia Public Theater), Jim Farrell in Titanic (Nat’l Tour), Young Soldier in Parade (4th Wall Theater). Brian tours the US and Caribbean year round in concert, and has worked alongside Michael Feinstein with the PBS Broadcast of One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch at Lincoln Center. Pace University BFA Musical Theater. Proud member of AEA. www.brianwaltersonline.com
Director | Catherine Randazzo
Music Supervisor | Darren Server
Costume Designer | Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer | John Eckert
Sound Designer | Toby Algya
Sound & Light Board Operator | Rebecca Li Grady