Too Darn Hot

Cole Porter was known for his intelligent style of music and biting wit. Conjuring up images of elegant women dancing with tuxedo-clad men, this musical revue takes you back to the 1930s. Sophisticated, racy, smart, and humorous, Porter’s songs make you realize you can laugh just a little, even at yourself, and in the next breath be swept away with romance. Featuring songs: “Anything Goes,” “I Love Paris,” “It’s De-Lovely,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”

Director     |     Richard Hopkins
Music Director     |     Jeffrey Campos
Choreographer     |     Lori Leshner
Costume Designer     |     Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer     |     Kate DeWall
Sound     |     John Valines
Pianist     |     Jim Prosser

Derrick Cobey
Stephen Hope*
Gayle Samuels*
Ruthie Stephens
*Denotes Returning FST Company Member

DERRICK COBEY Broadway: Scottsboro Boys; Off Broadway: Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout); Ragtime in Concert (Lincoln Center); National Tours: Rent, Forever Swing; Regional: Parade, Pacific Overtures, A Little Night Music (Arden Theatre); Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Macbeth (Great Lakes/ Idaho Shakespeare Festival); Jesus Christ Superstar (North Shore); Abyssinia (Goodspeed); Ragtime (Paper Mill Playhouse); Big River (Lyric of Oklahoma); Side Show (Cleveland Playhouse); Numerous shows with Sacramento Music Circus; Andrew Lippa’s I Am Harvey Milk.

STEPHEN HOPE returns to FST where he was seen in last year’s By Gershwin. Since then, he performed in Apartment 3A and A Tuna Christmas for JCity Theatre. Other credits include the original Broadway productions of Joseph...Dreamcoat and The Scarlet Pimpernel, Off-Broadway in Ascension, Civil War Voices, Dames At Sea, and Fairy Tales, and regionally in Barnum, Chicago, and Paint Your Wagon. FST audiences will remember Stephen from The Exonerated, Ruthless!, ...Spelling Bee, and numerous cabarets.

GAYLE SAMUELS is currently appearing in Black Nativity at a movie theatre near you. She earned a Best Actress nomination for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill and received rave reviews for her portrayal of Rose in August Wilson’s Fences and as Louise in Seven Guitars. Broadway: Dancin’, Dreamgirls, Grind, Sunset Boulevard. Off- Broadway: Sistas, Little Shop Of Horrors, The Dark Star From Harlem (portraying Josephine Baker).

RUTHIE STEPHENS is excited to be making her debut at the FST. A native of England, Ruthie was recently at Buckingham Palace watching her mother be made into a Member of The British Empire (MBE) for which she is very proud. Last year Ruthie won the Broadway World Award for her portrayal of Yitzhak in Hedwig, a role she has now played three times. In her spare time Ruthie likes to swing on her trapeze. She makes her home in Manhattan with the composer Eve Beglarian. 

RICHARD HOPKINS (Director/Co-Writer) fostered the development of FST’s Cabaret productions since the opening of the Goldstein Cabaret in 1996. Most recently, Mr. Hopkins led the development of The Prima Donnettes and By Gershwin. Some of his favorite Cabaret shows include: That’s Life, European Cabaret, Piano Men, Inspired Lunacy, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, and the Laughing Matters series. Mr. Hopkins serves as Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Studio Theatre. This includes overseeing the creation and implementation of all FST programming, including Mainstage, Cabaret, Stage III, New Play Development, Education and Touring. Since his arrival at FST in 1980, Mr. Hopkins has guided the theatre from a small touring company to a nationally recognized regional theatre, which impacts over 165,000 adults and children annually. In 2012, the Arts & Cultural Alliance awarded Mr. Hopkins the Cultural Champion Award in recognition of his many years of accomplishment and growth with Florida Studio Theatre.

JEFFREY CAMPOS (Music Director) was recently the Music Director for this season’s The Prima Donnettes. National Tours: A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, Annie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Regional: Joseph...Dreamcoat, Millie, 9 to 5, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Summer of Love, Sunset Boulevard (Ogunquit Playhouse); Mame (Cohoes Music Hall), Spelling Bee. NYC: Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture, Jack Perry is Alive, Show Choir, The Secret Garden, Human Comedy, Lucky Stiff, Triumph of Love, A New Brain, Forever Plaid, Violet, The Wild Party, Like You Like It, City of Angels, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bat Boy, Seussical, How to Succeed... Orch/arr.: Broadway Backwards.  Assisted Andrew Lippa with Asphalt Beach. Received developmental grant from the Queens Council for the Arts for his musical, The Man in the Iron Mask.

LORI LESHNER (Choreographer) has performed and choreographed in theatres all over the country. Recently at FST she choreographed Monty Python’s Spamalot. Some of her choreography credits include Kiss Me Kate, Carousel, The Producers, West Side Story, Brigadoon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Full Monty, Anything Goes, Promises, Promises, Cabaret, and many more. She teaches dance for actors for the grad acting department at Yale School Of Drama and theatre dance at Cap21.

TAYLER BROXSON (Sound & Light Operator) with over two dozen productions under his belt, half of which he has Stage Managed, Tayler has found his way to Florida Studio Theatre. He has just recently moved here from New York City where he most recently Assistant Stage Managed The Baltimore Waltz and has Stage Managed: Picasso at Lapin Agile, The Suicide, and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. He has also been a part of such productions as Avenue Q, All in the Timing, and August Osage County.

SUSAN ANGERMANN (Costume Designer) started her career in costuming in New York where she designed and constructed costumes for various productions in theatre, opera, film and television. In 1993 she moved with her husband, Chris, and son, Erik, to Sarasota, and designed several productions at FST. She returned to FST in January 2009 as Costume Shop Manager and recently designed The Prima Donnettes, Poems, Prayers, and Promises, By Gershwin, That’s Life Again, Night Train to Memphis, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Urban Cowboys and Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers.

KATE DEWALL (Lighting Designer) is excited to be back for the final show of the cabaret season. Originally from Havelock, IA, Kate is a graduate of the University of Iowa and currently lives in NYC.  Miss DeWall’s lighting design was recently seen on FST stages in Poems, Prayers, and Promises, The Prima Donnettes, By Gershwin, Urban Cowboys, and Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers, and in NYC in Isaac Oliver’s Lonely Christmas.

JOHN VALINES (Sound Engineer)is the 6th member and “Sound Guy” for Vox Audio, who won the Drama Desk award for their off-Broadway run. He’s the Production Manager and Technical Improviser for SAK Comedy Lab where he received critical acclaim for writing and directing the theatrical sitcom, Better Days with Tod Kimbro. John has had the pleasure of working with Stages Repertory, Colorado Festival of World Theatre, Orlando Fringe, Florida Studio Theatre, The Orlando REP, Mad Cow, Beth Marshall Presents, and more.

JIM PROSSER (Pianist & Co-Writer) Over his many years at FST, Jim has most often performed in the Goldstein Cabaret, where he has arranged and co-developed many shows including By Gershwin, Laughing Matters, European Cabaret, That’s Life, Again, British Invasion, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, Harry Who?, Too Darn Hot, Reel Music and recently The Prima Donnettes and Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers. He has also served as resident composer/music director for FST’s Education department, writing numerous songs and scores for children’s shows such as Androcles and the Lion, The Princess and the Pea, and the WRITE A PLAY elementary tours. In addition, Jim plays with the FST Improv Troupe and has also performed locally with Jazz Around The Corner.

REBECCA HOPKINS (Co-Writer) has been actively involved in development of FST’s Cabaret productions for more than 10 years. This season, Mrs. Hopkins is the lead developer on Poems, Prayers and Promises. Last season she was the lead developer on Urban Cowboys and Co-Writer on Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers and By Gershwin. She has been the head writer on all four Laughing Matters shows. Some of her favorite shows she helped develop include: That’s Life, The Wanderers, My One and Only Gershwin, Hot and Cole, Vaudeville Cabaret, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, Piano Men, The British Invasion, The Flip Side, Outlaws and Angels, and Steppin’ Out. In addition, she is the founder and director of FST Improv. Mrs. Hopkins serves as Managing Director for Florida Studio Theatre, and as such is the Chief Operations Officer. Mrs. Hopkins is responsible for oversight of FST’s Administration, including the Business Office, Development, Marketing, Box Office, Front of House, Restaurant, budgeting, and maintaining the overall quality of FST’s internal management. In 2012, the Arts & Cultural Alliance awarded Mrs. Hopkins the Cultural Champion Award in recognition of her many years of accomplishment and growth with Florida Studio Theatre.

"Sizzles with life" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"The party of the century" - The Observer

“Ranges from sizzling to heart-warming” - Venice Gondolier