Burt & Me

 

 

Joe and Lacey, high school sweethearts, shared the love of basketball and the music of Burt Bacharach. When college separated them, history couldn’t overcome geography. After meeting years later, Joe comes up with an elaborate scheme to get Lacey back. A coming of age story featuring the music of Burt Bacharach as the soundtrack of generations, featuring songs such as “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” and “Wishin' and Hopin'.”

Burt & Me with book by Larry McKenna, music & lyrics by Burt Bacharach & Hal David runs from May 31, 2017 - June 25, 2017 in the Gompertz Theatre. Subscriptions and Tickets are available online by clicking the button above or by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000. SUBSCRIBE NOW to see all 3 shows for as little as $39!

Dining is available in The Green Room at the following times:
2:00pm performances: reservations begin at 12:15pm
3:00pm performances: dining is available post-show
7:00pm performances: reservations begin at 5:15pm
8:00pm performances: reservations begin at 6:15pm
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CREATIVE

Director  |  Jason Cannon
Music Director  |  Brian Victor
Choreographer  |  Kathryn Gasper
Stage Manager  |  Roy Johns*
Scenic Designer  |  Jeff Dean
Costume Designer  |  Sarah Bertolozzi
Lighting Designer  |  Thom Beaulieu
Sound Designer  |  Thom Korp
Dance Captain  |  Savannah Sinclair
 

CAST

Joe Madsen  |  Jordan Ahnquist*
Jerry Landers |  Nick Anastasia*
Sally  |  Stacey Harris*
Lacey Turner  |  Jillian Louis*
George/Father DeJoseph  |  Michael Marotta*
Male Ensemble  |  Matthew Scott Robertson
Female Ensemble/Mrs. Bernstein  |  Savannah Sinclair
 

BAND

Piano  |  Hunter Brown
Drums  |  Tony Bruno
Trumpet  |  Keith Greene
Bass  |  Sean Tillis

* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


JORDAN AHNQUIST (Joe Madsen) is excited to be joining Florida Studio Theatre for the first time.  Jordan comes fresh from the Off Broadway run of Shear Madness. Regionally Jordan has worked with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Speakeasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage, New Repertory Theatre, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, and The Gamm, among others.  Some favorite credits include Hamlet, Big River, Heartbreak House, Mr g, Urinetown, and Tartuffe. Jordan holds a BA in theatre from Muhlenberg College.

NICK ANASTASIA (Jerry Landis) is insanely stoked to return to Florida Studio Theatre! Previously seen at FST in last season’s Laughing Matters: vol. 5, Nick is currently on tour with the Monster Jam live motorsports show as an on-camera host/announcer. Past professional credits include Voca People, (Tenoro, Off-Broadway*/National/International Tours, *Lucille Lortel Award), The Love Note (Adam, Original Off-Broadway Cast), In The Heights (Sonny, Regional Premiere), Scab (featuring Alice Ripley), Disney Cruise Line (Disney Fantasy), Little Women (Laurie), Baby: The Musical (Danny), Snow (Kyle, World Premiere), and bare (Jason, Licensed Premiere).

STACEY HARRIS (Sally) is delighted to return to FST, where she was featured in That’s Life, I Love You,You’re Perfect, Now Change, and That’s Life Again. Broadway: Bells Are Ringing. National Tours: Cinderella, Show Boat, Dreamgirls. Off Broadway: The Megile Of Itzik Manger (Esther), The Golden Land (Fannie), Lone Star Love (Consuela, Mrs. Ford u/s). Favorite regional roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Wilde Award, Best Actress in a Musical), Velma and Roxie in Chicago, Lola in Damn Yankees, Anita in West Side Story, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Edythe in My One and Only, Elaine in Last of The Red Hot Lovers, and Anna in Syncopation. Northwestern University graduate. www.stacey-harris.com

JILLIAN LOUIS (Lacey Turner) is delighted to be back at FST!  Bway: It Shoulda Been You (Rebecca/Annie u/s), Off-Bway: Soul Doctor (Ruth); Tour: Cheers (Diane); NYC/ Regional: Walnut Street/Tour: Glass Menagerie (Laura), Ars Nova, NYMF (7 seasons, 2 awards), Theatre for the New City, American Theatre Group, St. Louis Rep, The York, Symphony Space, North Shore, Denver Center, TheatreWorks, The Prince, etc.! TV/film: Show Me A Hero, Mount Joy, Louie, Ophelia Descending. Next up: Georama at NYMF.  IG:@JillianLouis FB:@JillianLouisArtist JillianLouis.com

MICHAEL MAROTTA (George/Father DeJoseph) makes his FST debut. He’s spent the last three seasons as all the men and a few women in Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical (Cincinnati Playhouse, Tennessee Shakes, Ivoryton Playhouse, others). He joins us from Bangor, Maine where he directed I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti! (also at Florida Rep, and this seasons Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End).  Most recent: STAGES St. Louis, The MUNY St. Louis, Harbor Lights Theatre and Signature Theater, NYC, Cincinnati Pops, The Rep St. Louis. A NYC native, 2 MAC Awards, 3 BACKSTAGE Bistro Awards.

MATTHEW SCOTT ROBERTSON (Male Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making his FST debut and returning to Sarasota. Now residing in New York city, he is a recent graduate of Jacksonville University, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre. Previous roles include Hänschen (Spring Awakening), Adam/Japheth (Children of Eden), Robert (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Donkey (Shrek: The Musical). www.matthewscottrobertson.com
 

SAVANNAH SINCLAIR (Female Ensemble/Ms. Bernstein) is psyched to be returning to the FST stage this summer! This past year, Savannah has been studying at Manhattan School of Music in their inaugural Musical Theatre class. Most recently, she has performed as Peter Pan at Venice Theatre, Fastrada in Pippin at Booker High School, and Ariel in The Little Mermaid at Manatee Players. Savannah is also a proud Director and Choreographer for Spotlight Theatre Productions Broadway Juniors. 
 

HUNTER BROWN (Piano) is a local musician, singer and actor. He was most recently seen on the Gompertz Stage in FST’s production of Million Dollar Quartet and in Yesterday on the Goldstein Cabaret Stage. He is also the proud music director and accompanist for FST Improv’s weekly shows, and co-teaches their musical improv classes. Other recent credits on drums or the keys include: Big River, 25th Annual... Spelling Bee & Bugsy Malone Jr. Enjoy the show!

TONY BRUNO (Drums) is honored and proud of his 30-year work relationship with FST. Recently, Tony appeared in FST’s record breaking Piano Men. 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 (Trumpet) 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 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.

SEAN TILLIS (Bass) returns to Florida Studio Theatre after last performing in One Man, Two Guvnors in 2015. Sean received his Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University while studying with jazz great, Rodney Jordan. He has performed three seasons with the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah.  Sean is a seasoned performer of almost twenty years in many styles of music including jazz, funk, pop, musical theatre, classical, rock, salsa, and more.

JASON CANNON (Director) Jason is an Associate Artist at FST, where his responsibilities include directing, teaching, New Play Development, and the Acting Apprentice Program. Most recently he directed The Dragon vs. the Hiccups, Gidion’s Knot, Stalking the Bogeyman, Million Dollar Quartet, The Velveteen Rabbit, Relativity, My Name is Asher Lev, and Butler (which earned him Best Director nominations from the Herald-Tribune and Creative Loafing). His performance as Ever Montgomery in Dancing Lessons garnered him “Best Actor of 2015” awards from both Sarasota Magazine and the Herald-Tribune. He also appears regularly with FST Improv. Proud member SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA. jasoncannon.biz

BRIAN VICTOR (Music Director) was associate conductor of national tours of The Producers and Beauty And The Beast. Regional music direction includes Red Mountain Theatre Company (Young Frankenstein, Sister Act), Bristol Valley Theater (Godspell, Oh, Coward!, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns), and Cohoes Music Hall (A Wonderful Life).

KATHRYN GASPER (Choreographer) lead dancer in Broadways original Cabaret, soloist with Milwaukee Ballet, Anybodys, Rosie, Charity, Gladys were her favorite repeated roles in regional theatre and summer stock.  Founder/advising consultant for Gasper’s School of Dance and Performing Arts and the FM Ballet, “Mrs. G” brings to FST a vast background as a choreographer and past performer. Guest artist residencies at universities, master classes and choreographic opportunities, like Burt & Me, keeps Kathy in and out of the Sarasota area.    

ROY JOHNS (Stage Manager) is pleased to be back for another season at FST. He has had an exciting and varied career both on stage and behind the scenes from Tokyo Disneyland to the White House. Past credits at FST include Rich Girl; brownsville song (b-side for tray); Million Dollar Quartet; The God of Isaac; The Roommate; The Fabulous Lipitones; Alabama Story; Outside Mullingar; One Man, Two Guvnors; The Hound of the Baskervilles; Chapatti; Hairspray; and Taking Shakespeare.

JEFF DEAN (Scenic Designer) has designed over 200 shows in Florida including Televison/Film. Asolo Repertory, Sarasota Opera Association, America Stage, and Banyan Theatre. For Florida Studio Theatre: Million Dollar Quartet; Over The River And Through The Woods; Execution of Justice; Invictus; and The Sum of Us. A nationally recognized sculptor and member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, New York, recipient of two Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Awards for Set Design. Jeff recently designed the new theatre spaces in the Gompertz renovation including lobby, cafe, and marquees.

SARAH BERTOLOZZI (Costume Designer) is delighted to return to FST after a brief hiatus to work on the Broadway productions of Cirque du Soleil Paramour and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Previous FST shows: Spamalot, South Beach Babylon, The Underpants, The Columnist, and Perfect Wedding. Raised with a performance background, Sarah discovered her passion for design while at college. Since graduating with Distinction from the B.F.A. Theatrical Design program at Ithaca College, Sarah has enjoyed designing productions ranging from intimate, one-performer plays to large-scale musicals. For a full history of design credits, please visit www.SarahBertolozzi.com.

THOM BEAULIEU (Lighting Designer) is an award winning lighting and sound designer.  His work has been experienced throughout the eastern US including Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, brownsville song (b-side for tray), & Older than Dirt (Florida Studio Theatre); The Waltz, Godspell, Carrie: the Musical, & Cabaret (The Winnipesaukee Playhouse); A Chorus Line, Floyd Collins, Sweet Charity, & Singin’ in the Rain (Aurora Theatre).  He holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, and a MS in Physics.

THOMAS KORP (Sound Designer) is a former FST intern. After his departure in 2013, he traveled abroad from 2014 - 2017 under Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as an onboard sound technician. Sound design credits include Talley’s Folly; The Columnist; In The Book Of; South Beach Babylon; The West Side Waltz; Freud’s Last Session; A Chorus Line; Spamalot. Mixing Credits: Next to Normal; Das Barbecu; Smokey Joes Café; The World Goes Round; Tango: Buenos Aires; We Will Rock You.

 

 

 

The Gompertz Theatre is located on the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue inside of The Hegner Theatre Wing. For GPS purposes use the address of 1265 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. To see a list of our buildings and shows, please see below. For more information please call the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000.

Do you need a ride to the theatre? Click here to find out more about our partnership with iTN Suncoast.

For those who require additional assistance or handicap parking/drop off, please see the map below. Handicap parking is reserved for patrons with a handicap tag and is in the lot across from the Hegner Theatre Wing. The area for drop off of handicap passengers/patrons for the Gompertz Theatre is along the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue. If handicap parking is not available and you are dropping off a passenger, our lobby concierge would be happy to wait with them until you return. For any questions regarding handicap parking please call the box office at (941) 366-9000.