Friends in Low Places
Friends in Low Places celebrates the contemporary country musicians who transformed their genre and rocketed to the top of the charts. Artists like Garth Brooks, The Chicks, and George Strait spiked their honkytonk with Rock & Roll flair, and yet, they never strayed from country music’s core: truthful, authentic storytelling. Featuring such songs as “Could I Have This Dance,” “It's Five O'Clock Somewhere,” and “Good Hearted Woman.”
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Director | Catherine Randazzo
Music Director | David Finch
Scenic Design | Bruce Price
Costume Design | Susan Angermann
Lighting Design | Andrew Gray
Sound Designer | Thom Korp
Sound and Light Board Operator | Natalie Shadrick
Joshua Logan Alexander
Carrie Lyn Brandon
Grant Alan Watkins
Joshua Logan Alexander is an NYC-based actor/musician/singer/songwriter from North Texas who enjoys the outdoors, cinnamon rolls, Everton, and making music. Previous theatre credits include: Kennedy Center’s Footloose and Fiddler on the Roof (First National Tour). You can find his music on all music streaming platforms.
Carrie Lyn Brandon FST debut! National Tours: Once (Girl Cover/Swing), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Patty). Regional credits include: The Spitfire Grill (Shelby) and Beehive at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Shout! (Blue Girl) at Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Mamma Mia! (Sophie) at Sierra Repertory Theatre and the Mountain Play Association, Big River (Mary Jane) at Sharon Playhouse and Anne Boleyn at Marin Theatre Company. When not performing, Carrie teaches voice lessons and is certified through the Institute for Vocal Advancement. Penn State Crew '15. carriebrandon.com
Joe Casey returned to live theatre after a 15-month shutdown with Denver Center for the Performing Arts' new actor/musician musical, Wild Fire, about the historic East Troublesome fire. Then, he performed the NYC workshop of another DCPA original musical, Rattlesnake Kate, about Colorado legend Kate Slaughterback. FST: Million Dollar Quartet, Blue Suede Shoes, Outlaws & Angels, and American Pie. Regional: The Bridges Of Madison County (Robert Kincaid), The Crucible (John Proctor). NYC: Allen Wilder 2.0, The Great American Backstage Musical. TV: The Knick, A Crime To Remember.
Madalyn McHugh Based in NYC, actor/musician and singer-songwriter Madalyn McHugh is thrilled to return to the FST for the third time, following Three Pianos and Outlaws & Angels. With a BA in Music/Vocal Performance, Madalyn completed NYC’s Broadway-integrated training program, Open Jar Institute. McHugh’s repertoire spans Musical Theatre, Opera, Pop, Country, and Contemporary Christian. Notable achievements include: her Nashville studio album, Stepping Stone, and opening for Kevin Bacon and Frank Vignola. McHugh recently co-created the pop band McHugh Girl with original music available on all streaming platforms.
Grant Alan Watkins is delighted to be back at FST, having previously appeared in the 2017-18 production of Once. Other theatre credits include the national tour of Once (Swing/US Billy, Svec, Eamon), Once at Paramount Theatre (Svec) and Theatre Squared (Bank Manager), Lonesome Traveler (with Peter Yarrow), and Rock of Ages (Lonny) at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. Grant is so excited and honored to share these timeless country classics with y’all.
FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES IN THE NEWS
November 15, 2021 I Sarasota Herald-Tribune I Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret salutes crossover country stars with Friends in Low Places
"Music for everyone"
"Friends in Low Places maintains Richard Hopkins' and Rebecca Hopkins' years of success following the progress of country music in their Cabaret creations"
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