A Place in the Sun: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder

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From the streets of inner-city Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, experience the songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. With a catalogue spanning six decades and multiple musical genres, Stevie’s artistic contributions have earned him the status of the most-awarded solo artist of all time. A Place in the Sun celebrates his legendary impact, with such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Superstition,” and “Isn’t She Lovely?”

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A Place in the Sun, by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, with musical arrangements by Scott Michaelsen and Jim Prosser, plays November 16, 2022 - April 2, 2023 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret. 

Run Time: 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

 

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CREATIVE

Director  |  Catherine Randazzo
Music Director | Darren Server
Scenic Design  |  Alex E. Price
Costume Design | Mari Taylor Floyd
Lighting Design | Andrew Gray
Sound Design | Thom Korp
Sound and Light Board Operator | Emilia Ciotti Hernández

CAST

Joshua Pyram
Ben Senneff

BAND

Sean Holland II | Piano and others
Marcus James | Drums
Madalyn McHugh | Guitar



Joshua Pyram is a classically trained actor, singer/songwriter, dancer, and proud Brooklynite. Learning Musical Theatre at Howard University, he went to further study Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology at Brooklyn College. Credits include Unbalanced Mind! (AMT Theatre NYC), Passing Strange (Bayou Theatre Co.), and Sarafina! (Howard University). His most recent works include joining the cast of MTV’s Wild N’ Out and performing with names such as Nick Cannon and Kevin Hart. Follow him @joshpyram on Instagram to learn more.

Ben Senneff couldn’t be happier to be making his FST Debut in A Place In The Sun! Some of his favorite credits include Smudge in Forever Plaid and Moritz in Spring Awakening. Ben is a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theater. When he’s off stage, you’ll most likely find him sitting at a piano playing and singing standards in the style of Frank Sinatra.

Sean Holland II (Piano and Others) is an emerging artist, born and raised in Michigan. His passion for music knows no bounds and has taken him to many of the state's premiere venues. These include Devos Hall, Wharton Center, Ford Field, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall, Tigers Stadium, and many more. Sean has also starred in many musical and opera productions, including Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray, Prince Topher in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Orpheus in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Dormont in Rossini's Italian Opera, La Scala di Seta, Serenade to Music by R. Vaughan Williams and, A Hand of Bridge by Samuel Barber, where he was featured as the lead tenor.

Marcus James (Drums) Passion for music led Marcus from teaching himself the drums as a child to attending the Berklee College of Music, where he’s toured the USA several times and even Europe with his Pop punk band, Super Prime. Primarily influenced by rock, this multigenre drummer has performed in Jazz ensembles, gospel bands, metal bands, and is currently playing around the area for various known and up-and-coming artists. FST: Light My Fire.

Madalyn McHugh (Guitar/Vocals) Based in NYC, actor/musician and singer-songwriter Madalyn McHugh is thrilled to return to Florida Studio Theatre. She was most recently seen in Friends in Low Places at FST. Since 2019, McHugh has played 400 cabaret performances across the country with music including Carole King, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, and more. McHugh’s repertoire spans Musical Theatre, Opera, Pop, Country, Folk and Contemporary Christian. McHugh cocreated the pop band McHugh Girl with original music streaming on all platforms. For music updates, follow @maddie_mcq and @mchughgirlmusic on Instagram. 

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A PLACE IN THE SUN IN THE NEWS

BroadwayWorld  I  January 25, 2023  I  Florida Studio Theatre Extends Run Of Original Music Revue, A Place in the Sun: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder

Suncoast View  I  January 23, 2023  I  Playing Stevie Wonder's Biggest Hits at FST

Sarasota Herald-Tribune  I  November 11, 2022  I  Florida Studio Theatre salutes 60 years of chart-topping Stevie Wonder

BroadwayWorld  I  October 24, 2022  I  FST Celebrates the Music and Impact of Stevie Wonder in New Cabaret

REVIEWS

Total Theater
"One-of-a-kind"
"Outstanding"
"Lovely"
"Enthusiastic"
"Finds audiences spontaneously clapping or swaying in their seats"
"Joshua Pyram distills the essence of Wonder's music and performance style"

Our Town Sarasota
"Fantastic!"
"Awesome"
“A wonderful, toe-tapping, sing-along, get-jumping musical treat”

Venice Gondolier-Sun
"Senneff was brimming over with his enthusiasm for Wonder"
"Garnered a standing ovation from the opening night crowd"
"Make sure to see this show"

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INTERVIEWS WITH ACTORS

Singing the Songs of Stevie Wonder - Get to Know Cast Member, Joshua Pyram

Get to Know Motown Trivia King, Ben Senneff

Jim Prosser's 30th Year at FST

ARTICLES BY FST

Isn't He Lovely?

FST Cabaret Shines a Spotlight on the Songbook of Stevie Wonder

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES

Stevie Wonder’s career has spanned six decades, during which he has won 25 Grammy Awards and collaborated with other music legends like Paul McCartney. Learn more about Stevie Wonder’s career and personal life | LEARN MORE

The Guardian sat down with Stevie Wonder in 2012 to talk about his career, the car accident that almost took his life, and his efforts to make a difference in the world through his music. | LEARN MORE

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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.


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