New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys®

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With more than 40 years of cumulative work on some of Broadway’s biggest hits, The Uptown Boys use Billy Joel’s rich songbook as a way to share their stories of life, love, and trying to make it in New York City. Whether you’re a fan of Billy Joel’s entire catalogue or just a casual listener, The Uptown Boys have something to satisfy everyone. Featuring such hits as “Only The Good Die Young,” “For the Longest Time,” “Piano Man,” and many more you know and love.

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New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys®  by Alexander Aguilar and John De Simini will play beginning August 9 - October 2, 2022, in FST's John C. Court Cabaret and October 4-16, 2022 in the Goldstein Cabaret.

Run Time: 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission


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Line Producers | Catherine Randazzo and Alex Price
Scenic Design | Bruce Price
Lighting Design | Nadirah T. Harper
Sound Design | Nicholas Christensen
Stage Manager | Jamie Thygesen


Michael Fasano
Hank Von Kolnitz
Sergi Robles

Michael Fasano is so excited to take the stage again with The Uptown Boys, after performing in the High Seas Premiere of New York State of Mind onboard the Celebrity Edge this past winter! Most recent credits include “Frankie Valli” in Jersey Boys, and “Riff Raff/ u/s Franknfurter”, in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Michael is also a CT Critics Circle Nominee for Best Actor for the role of “Ren” in Footloose. Other credits include, West Side Story, Out of This World, Louisiana Purchase, and the National Tours of Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Ted Neely. Michael is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. Special thank you to Alex and John & FST for this wonderful opportunity, Todd & ATB, friends & fam, & Elliott. As always, Michael dedicates his performance to Dad. Follow @michaeldfasano

Hank Von Kolnitz is thrilled to be soaking up the Gulf Coast sun for a few months performing these hits. Favorite credits: A Christmas Story - National Tour (Santa), West Side Story (Riff), The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Eddie), Jesus Christ Superstar (Pontius Pilate), Seussical, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Mamma Mia. BFA Musical Theatre from CCM. Agency: The Mine.

Sergi Robles | FST Debut. Sergi was born in Barcelona, Spain, and raised in Coral Springs, FL. Most recently, he spent 11 months at sea playing Corny Collins in Hairspray aboard the Symphony of the Seas. Other theatre credits include Aladdin in Aladdin, Hans in Frozen (Disney Cruise Line), Mickey & The Magical Map (Disneyland), Death of A Salesman (ETC Santa Barbara), Evita (New London Barn), Forever Plaid (Southern Colorado Rep), Floyd Collins (CMU), and The Student Prince (PCLO). He trained at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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Suncoast FYI  I  September 16, 2022  I Interview with Sergi Robles from FST's New York State of Mind

Suncoast View  I  September 15, 2022  I  Getting in the "New York State of Mind" With Florida Studio Theatre

Venice Gondolier-Sun  I  September 6, 2022  I  All the Hits of Billy Joel - With The Uptown Boys!

SRQ Daily  I  September 2, 2022  I  You Can Still Catch FST's New York State of Mind - All the Hits of Billy Joel with the Uptown Boys

Sarasota Herald-Tribune  I  August 7, 2022  I  Florida Studio Theatre cast sings Billy Joel hits


"Charismatic tribute to The Piano Man himself"
"Bold and ear-catching"
"A fun show you may want to see twice"

On Stage NY1
“The swagger of The Jersey Boys meets the legendary songbook of Billy Joel in one epic night of entertainment” 

Our Town Sarasota
"Had the audience singing and clapping along with the songs"
"Each singer had a unique style and a great voice."
"Makes you want more of his [Billy Joel's] songs"
"Makes you feel like you are at a small Broadway show"

Total Theater
"Rambunctious renderings of songs by all-time favorite...Billy Joel"
"Very lively"
"There is something for everyone to like"
"High energy"

Venice Gondolier-Sun
"Joel hits light a fire"
"Nailed it"
"Spot on"
"An entertaining evening that ended all too soon"


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Get to Know "The Uptown Boys" - Sergi Robles

Get to Know "The "Uptown Boys" - Hank Von Kolnitz

Get to Know "The Uptown Boys" - Michael Fasano


The Uptown Boys Bring Billy Joel Favorites to Sarasota


The show’s creators—Alex Aguilar and John De Simini—met while working on Broadway shows and then decided to create their own Cabaret. | LEARN MORE

The Uptown Boys premiered at New Hampshire’s Palace Theatre in 2021. Learn about the artists behind the high-energy concert event | READ MORE

The Uptown Boys made their Florida Premiere in Miami earlier this year. Get a glimpse of their show | WATCH NOW

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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.

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Getting Here:

FST's Court Cabaret is located on the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue inside FST's Hegner Theatre Wing. For GPS purposes, use the address of 1265 First Street, 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:

FST's Court Cabaret: Handicap drop off is at the corner of First Street 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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