October 3, 2018 - February 2, 2019 | John C. Court Cabaret
March 6 - 23, 2019 | Keating Theatre
Unchained Melodies by Richard Hopkins and Rebecca Hopkins with arrangements by Jim Prosser .
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.”
Run Time: 90 minutes with 15 minute intermission
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Director | Catherine Randazzo
Music Director | Darren Server
Choreographer | Savannah Holds
Costume Designer | Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer | Thom Beaulieu
Sound Designer | Thom Korp
Nathaniel P. Claridad
Piano | Jim Prosser
NICK ANASTASIA is stoked to be returning to FST for Unchained Melodies! Nick was most recently seen at FST in last year's Burt & Me (Jerry) and 2016's Laughing Matters (vol. 5). Past professional credits also include 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), and 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, work with NYShakespeare Exchange, NYMF, PS122, N.A.A.P.; International: Laser Beak Man (Dead Puppet Society, Brisbane Festival), 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, Hangar Theatre, Barrington Stage. Directing credits include The One Minute Play Festival, ShakesBEER, The Drama League. MFA: UNC-CH
JAMES LAROSA FST: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Man #3), Next to Normal (Henry) and Altar Boyz (Abraham). Select theatre: 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. AEA proud 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
Sarasota Herald Tribune
The cast of Unchained Melodies performed "Little Darling" on ABC 7's Suncoast View. I WATCH
When he's not performing in Unchained Melodies, Nick Anastasia volunteers at the Sarasota Humane Society. I WATCH
From Under the Street Lamps and Into the Spotlight by Becca Jennings | READ
From Under the Boardwalk to the Top of the Charts by TJ Lewis | READ
Behind the Songs by Mary Donofrio | READ
Guess Who? by Mary Donofrio | READ
Get to Know the Know-It-All | READ
Meet the Jersey Boy - Nick Anastasia I READ
Explore the musical roots of male harmony groups, starting with doo-wop. LEARN
Discover more about the vocal group that “epitomized the sound of New York City,” The Drifters. LEARN
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
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