Friends in Low Places

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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.”

Friends in Low Places, by Rebecca Hopkins and Richard Hopkins with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, will play  November 17, 2021 - March 27, 2022 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret. Subscribe and see Friends in Low Places plus two more Cabaret shows for as little as $49!

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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 
Joe Casey
Madalyn McHugh
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.

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.

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November 15, 2021  I  Sarasota Herald-Tribune  Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret salutes crossover country stars with Friends in Low Places


Total Theater
"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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Melting Pot Music...Electrified


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Getting Here:

FST's Goldstein Cabaret is located on North Palm Avenue next to FST's Keating Theatre. For GPS purposes, use the address of 1239 North Palm Avenue, 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:

Goldstein Cabaretdrop off in front of the Cabaret along Palm Avenue between Tamiami Trail and Cocoanut Avenue.

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