FST's Winter Cabaret season in Sarasota starts with a 'Twist'

October 18, 2012 

Florida Studio Theatre's Winter Cabaret season kicks off with a blast of doo wop and early rock 'n' roll nostalgia.

"Let's Twist Again: with the Wanderers" is a new revue showcasing songs made famous by 1950s and early 1960s teen heartthrobs like Dion & the Belmonts, Frankie Valli and The Beach Boys. It also moves through the more mature, mid-1960s sounds of the Kinks, The Lovin' Spoonful and The Doors, offering many more tunes along the way.

"We created 'Let's Twist Again' by starting with the joyous sounds of the doo wop guy groups," said director Richard Hopkins in a statement issued by FST. "Then we studied the a cappella guy groups that doo wop sprang from and specifically those guys in the neighborhood who would stand on the street corner and make up close harmonies to pass the time."

"Let's Twist Again," developed by Hopkins and Jim Prosser with additional assistance from Rebecca Hopkins, features an all-male cast of performers who will sing, dance and doo-wop their way through popular songs like "At the Hop," "Barbara Ann," "Do you Believe in Magic," "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'" and "Light My Fire."

The cast features Eric Collins, who is reprising his role from the 2010 production of "The Wanderers." He was previously seen on the FST stage in "Hula Hoop Sha-Boop" and "That's Life."

Joining the cast is José Restrepo, a Broadway actor who was part of the 2007-09 revival of "Grease." Brett Rigby, who appeared on TV's "Guiding Light" a few years back, and Teddy Tinson, a New York-based actor and fashion designer/stylist, round out the talent.

Details: Oct. 18-Jan. 13, Florida Studio Theatre's Goldstein Cabaret, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Tickets: $19-$36. Information: 941-366-9000 or www.FloridaStudioTheatre.org.

--Wade Tatangelo

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