Great Balls of Fire

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Jerry Lee Lewis was the original bad boy of Rock & Roll. Led by Jason Cohen, who has played Lewis in nearly 80 cities across North America, Great Balls of Fire brings the ivory-smashing superstar back to life. With hits from the ‘50s and beyond, including “Good Golly, Miss Molly,” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” this electrifying act will have you dancing in your seat.

Great Balls of Fire, created by Jason Cohen and Michael Schiralli, with musical arrangements by Jason Cohen and the show's cast, will play beginning June 15 in FST's Court Cabaret. Subscribe and see Great Balls of Fire plus two more Cabaret shows for as little as $49!

Run Time: 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission

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In compliance with CDC guidelines, masks are recommended, but not required to be worn by fully-vaccinated patrons while on-site at FST this summer. Patrons are more than welcome, and are encouraged, to continue to wear a mask while on-site at FST if it makes you feel more comfortable. We will continue to maintain rigorous cleaning practices, and will maintain our MERV-13 air filters campus-wide in perpetuity. Thank you, as always, for your cooperation and understanding. We look forward to seeing you for your upcoming performance at the theatre.


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Artistic Oversight  |  Catherine Randazzo
Scenic Designer  |  Bruce Price
Lighting Designer  |  Michael Pasquini
Sound Designer  |  Thom Korp
Sound & Lighting Board Operator  I  Zachary Sayre


Jason Cohen 
Justin Brown  |  Saxophones, Clarinet, Piccolo, and Vocals
Luke Darnell  |  Guitar, Mandolin, and Vocals
Nathan Yates Douglass  |  Double Bass, Harmonica, and Vocals
Jon Rossi  |  Drums and Vocals 

Justin Brown - Justin is a NYC-based performer with an especially varied career. He has performed on Broadway, National Tours, Luxury cruise ships, Theaters, Symphonies, Big Bands, and more. Justin specializes in Woodwinds, including Saxophones, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Recorders, and World Flutes. Justin grew up and began his music career in Memphis, TN, where he studied at the University of Memphis. He holds a Master’s in Multiple Woodwind Performance and a Bachelor’s in Music Education.

Jason Cohen is an actor, director, writer, musical director, and multi-instrumentalist, frequently working in more than one capacity on any given project. He is also the Director of Theatre Education for Axelrod Performing Arts Center (Deal, NJ), and volunteers with Justice Arts Coalition, which brings the arts to incarcerated people. He holds a BFA from NYU Tisch and has trained at RADA (London) and with Fiasco Theater (NYC). Jason lives in Manhattan and hotel rooms across the country. For more info about future projects, visit

Luke Darnell - A fourth-generation performer, Luke’s family legacy includes Vaudeville, Broadway and film/TV. As an actor, musician, and stuntman he has performed on 4 continents in venues ranging from dive bars to theatres to arenas. Off-Broadway/NYC: The Other Josh Cohen, Cyrano de Bergerac (Christian) and The Goree All-Girl String Band. Las Vegas: Million Dollar Quartet (Perkins, Cash). Select regional: The Understudy (Jake), End Of The Rainbow (Mickey Deans), Jersey Boys (Gyp DeCarlo), MDQ (Perkins, Phillips), Oliver! (Bill Sykes). TV: “Gotham”, “Ghost Whisperer”, “General Hospital”, “Momsters,” and many films you haven’t seen.

Nathan Yates Douglass is thrilled to be rockin' n rollin' back at FST! He previously appeared at FST with The Swingaroos in The Music of the Night. Nathan is a NYC-based actor-musician who has appeared in productions and performances all over this country and beyond. His solo music work can be found on Spotify and most music streaming platforms. His next album, “Outros,” is planned for a late summer release.  

Jon Rossi is excited to make his FST debut with Great Balls of Fire. Past productions: four national tours of Million Dollar Quartet (Flute, Music Director & Supervisor); national tour of A Night With Janis Joplin (Drums, Music Director); 20th Anniversary tour of Smokey Joe's Café (Drums); national tour of A Charlie Christmas: Live on Stage (Shermy, Drums); and numerous regional theatres. Jon is also the host and producer of The Rossifari Podcast, a zoo and animal conservation themed podcast. Say hi @rossidrums and @rossifari.


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SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE  I  June 13, 2021  I  "A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" at FST With Jerry Lee Lewis Tribute Show


Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"A lively romp"
"A delight"
"Knocks it out of the park"

Total Theater
"A sure-fire hit with the audience"
"They get the audience clapping"

The Observer
"The real deal"
"Great show"
"New, original"

Sarasota Magazine
"There's some good rockin' tonight"
"Fresh and Alive"
"All about the songs"
"A lot of fun to watch and hear"

Venice Gondolier Sun
"Couldn't have been better"
"Perfect show for reviving our spirits"
"You just can't help but walk out smiling"
"Fast-paced and high energy"


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GOODNESS GRACIOUS! Great Balls of Fire Barrels Toward FST


Jerry Lee Lewis is the last surviving member of the famous 1956 Million Dollar Quartet recording session. What has Lewis been up to recently?  I  READ

Get a sneak peek of what’s in store this summer with Great Balls of Fire.   WATCH

Great Balls of Fire front man Jason Cohen has played Jerry Lee Lewis onstage in over 80 cities in North America. Here are some highlights from his performance in the national tour of Million Dollar Quartet.  WATCH

Jerry Lee Lewis was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, alongside Chuck Berry and Sam Cooke. Learn more about Rock & Roll’s first “wild man.”  I  READ


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There are plenty of parking options available when you visit Florida Studio Theatre, including two adjacent parking lots and three nearby parking garages, plus on-street parking.

Watch the video below to find a convenient place to park while you enjoy the theatre.

Handicap Drop Off Locations:

Gompertz Theatre, Court Cabaret, and Bowne's Lab: drop off along the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue. 

Keating Theatre: drop off along Cocoanut Avenue between First Street and Palm Avenue.

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

For those who require additional assistance or handicap parking/drop off, please see the map below. For any questions regarding handicap parking please call the box office at 941.366.9000.

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