FST stages Kander and Ebb revue

May 30, 2013 

From left, Zak Edwards, Lauren Blackman, Carey Anderson, Taprena Michelle Augustine and Peter Gosik star in "The World Goes 'Round." Brian Braun/PUBLICITY PHOTO

Composer Fred Kander and lyricist John Ebb have had a spotty career as Broadway songwriters. They've probably had more flops than hits, and most of their shows are unknown to casual theater-goers.

But their hits were massive -- "Cabaret," "Chicago" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman" among them.

Starting this weekend and running through June 23. Florida Studio Theatre is staging "The World Goes 'Round," a 1991 revue of Kander and Ebb songs that was an Off-Broadway hit in 1991.

The showfeatures about 30 Kander and Ebb tunes, with emphasis on the hit shows and the few movies the team worked on (including "Funny Lady" and "New York, New York.")

But there are also plenty of songs from such obscure shows as "The Rink," "Flora, the Red Menace" and "The Act."

The show's title comes from a song that Liza Minnelli sang in "New York, New York." The classic title song from that non-classic film ends the show.

Minnelli starred in several Kander and Ebb shows, including "Cabaret," and "The Rink," and the team wrote the original songs for her 1972 television concert, "Liza with a Z."

The cast of the FST show includes Zak Edwards, Peter Gosik, Taprena Michelle Augustine, Lauren Blackman and Carey Anderson. There's live accompaniment by a four-piece band.

Details: May 31-June 23, Gompertz Theatre at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Show times: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $18-$42. Information: 941-366-9000, www.floridastudiotheatre.org.

-- Marty Clear

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