Unchained Melodies: Limited Return Engagement
March 11 - March 15, 2020 I Keating Theatre
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Under the streetlamps of East Coast cities, doo-wop emerged, bringing tight harmony to the soundtrack of the 1950s. Beginning with doo-wop groups like The Drifters and The Platters, Unchained Melodies celebrates the swingin’ harmonies of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Featuring songs like “Blue Moon,” “16 Candles,” “Save The Last Dance,” and “Working My Way Back To You.”
Unchained Melodies, created by Richard Hopkins and Rebecca Hopkins with arrangements by Jim Prosser, closed two weeks early due to COVID-19.
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Run Time: 90 minutes with 15 minute intermission
Director | Catherine Randazzo
Nathaniel P. Claridad
NICK ANASTASIA is thrilled to be returning for Round Three of Unchained Melodies. FST: That’s Amoré!, Unchained Melodies 1&2, Burt & Me, and Laughing Matters (vol. 5). Other professional credits: Hair (Claude, International Tour), Voca People (Tenoro, Off-Broadway*/National/International Tours, *Lucille Lortel Award), Monster Jam (Host/Announcer, Fox Sports 1), The Love Note (Adam, Original Off-Broadway Cast), In The Heights (Sonny, Regional Premiere), Scab (featuring Alice Ripley), Disney Cruise Line (Disney Fantasy), bare (Jason, Licensed Premiere). Instagram: @nottherussianprincess
NATHANIEL P. CLARIDAD Off-Broadway/NYC credits include Here Lies Love (The Public Theater), Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music (St. Ann's Warehouse), The Awesome 80’s Prom, NYShakespeare Exchange, NYMF, PS122, N.A.A.P.; International: Laser Beak Man (Dead Puppet Society, Brisbane Festival, Melbourne Arts Center, Sydney Opera House), Taylor Mac’s…(The Forum, Melbourne Festival); National Tour: Alice (The Kennedy Center); Regional: The Kennedy Center, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Folger Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Cape Fear Regional, Imagination Stage, Rhinoleap, Hangar Theatre, Barrington Stage. Directing credits include Southern Rep., The One Minute Play Festival, ShakesBEER, The Drama League, and upcoming - Buyer and Cellar at Weathervane Theatre. MFA: UNC-CH.
JAMES LAROSA FST: Unchained Melodies: Extension, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Man #3), Next to Normal (Henry) and Altar Boyz (Abraham). Select theatre: Frank Jr. in Saturday Night Fever (Engeman), Leo Bloom in The Producers (American Stage), Stewpot in South Pacific (Triad Stage), Gus in Saturday Night Fever (NSMT), Mark Cohen in RENT (BRT), Malone in Mr. Confidential (Signature Center), and his award-winning portrayal of Abraham in Altar Boyz (Zach Scott). TV: NBC’s Saturday Night Live, ABC’s WWYD?, A&E’s Fugitive Chronicles. VO: Rockstar Games, MTV, Nickelodeon, TRW.A member of SAG/AFTRA/AEA and graduate of NYU Tisch and the High School for Performing Arts. TheJamesLaRosa.com
DAVID MARMANILLO Off-Broadway/NYC Credits: Three Amigos (Jefé) — Lincoln Center, SLAM: A Hip Hop Musical (Geo) — New York Theatre Barn, Through Andrew’s Eyes (Andrew) — INTAR Theatre, Cole Porter’s Mexican Hayride (Lombo) — Musicals Tonight. Regional: Murder Among Friends w/ Loretta Swit (Larry, Alhambra Dinner Theatre), Lincoln In Love (Shields) — Goodspeed Opera House, Man of La Mancha (José, Pioneer Theatre Company), A Cappella Humana (Original Cast. Bass, Delaware Theatre Company), RENT (Benny, Forestburgh Playhouse). Instagram: @davemarm
UNCHAINED MELODIES IN THE NEWS
BROADWAY WORLD I January 21,2020 I Unchained Melodies Will Return to Florida Studio Theatre for a Limited Engagement Run
SARASOTA OBSERVER I March 4, 2020 I Co-Creator of FST's Unchained Melodies explains why doo-wop music endures
SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE I March 6, 2020 I Unchained Melodies breaking more records at Florida Studio Theatre
SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE I September 30, 2018 I Doo-wop singers break free in Unchained Melodies at Florida Studio Theatre
SUNCOAST VIEW I October 25, 2018 I The cast of Unchained Melodies performs "Little Darling" on ABC 7's Suncoast View
SUNCOAST VIEW I December 19, 2018 I FST Performer shares his passion for Humane Society of Sarasota County
"Fast paced jog down memory lane"
Sarasota Herald Tribune
"A 'must' for those who like music of the era celebrated"
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ARTICLES BY FST
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Behind the Songs by Mary Donofrio | READ
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Explore the musical roots of male harmony groups, starting with doo-wop. | LEARN
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The Four Tops helped define Detroit’s Motown sound of the 1960s, mixing soul, R&B, disco, doo-wop, jazz, and show tunes all into one distinct sound. Find out more about the legendary group led by Levi Stubbs. | LEARN