Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

ROCK & ROLL REIGNITED Opens Florida Studio Theatre Summer Cabaret Series

Performed by Not Fade Away, a live, four-piece band fresh off their national tour, Rock & Roll Reignited features almost two dozen songs from the '50s and '60s.

ROCK & ROLL REIGNITED Opens Florida Studio Theatre Summer Cabaret Series

Florida Studio Theatre kicks off its Summer Cabaret Series with Rock & Roll Reignited With Not Fade Away, a new, high-energy revue reinvigorating Rock & Roll classics with sizzle, showmanship, and style.

Performed by Not Fade Away, a live, four-piece band fresh off their national tour, Rock & Roll Reignited features almost two dozen songs from the '50s and '60s, including "It's So Easy," "Johnny B. Goode," and "A Little Less Conversation." Created by Jared Mancuso with musical arrangements by Mancuso and Nick Gallardo, this fiery music revue begins playing June 14 in FST's Court Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

Rock & Roll Reignited is part of a three-show subscription package. Also included in the Cabaret subscription package is The Jersey Tenors - Part II, a new show by the popular group, The Jersey Tenors, celebrating artists from the stage to the screen, and New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys, a high-energy tribute to "The Piano Man," himself. Subscriptions for all three Summer Cabaret shows can be purchased for as little as $49 at (941) 366-9000 or FloridaStudioTheatre.org.

Leading Rock & Roll Reignited is Jared Mancuso, an actor and musician who, since 2013, has performed nationally as Buddy Holly in several productions of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story to much critical acclaim.

"I had been doing productions of Buddy and other tribute shows that covered the music of Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and the like, but they weren't scratching this creative itch I had," said Mancuso, who, as a professional musician, has released three solo albums. "I wanted to create something original where the songs were amped up and revitalized. I was worried that, if I didn't find a new way to share this music that I loved, it was going to die out."

This inspired Mancuso to create Not Fade Away in 2016, and since then, the musical group has performed at over 150 sold-out venues across the country. In Rock & Roll Reignited, the band will deliver animated, contemporary renditions of Rock & Roll classics by such artists as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Roy Orbison while still preserving the emotion behind and spirit of each song.

All four band members make their FST debuts with the theatre's presentation of Rock & Roll Reignited this summer.

Nick Gallardo, who created the musical arrangements with Mancuso, has performed internationally as part of the musical tribute show December '63. He is an established concert entertainer, performing in such shows as Forever Everly, Valens to Valli, and Luck and Ricky LIVE!.

Joining Gallardo and Mancuso onstage are Aurora DuBois (Bass) and Mike Gallardo (Drums). A few years ago, DuBois was inspired to play bass after watching a video recording of one of Radiohead's albums. Since then, she has become a skilled bass player and has started three different bands, each specializing in a different musical genre.

FST's presentation of Rock & Roll Reignited marks the first time that Mike Gallardo will perform with Not Fade Away, though he is a member of another band, Nightstand, which will soon release its debut album.

FST's presentation of Rock & Roll Reignited is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The production is also supported by The Shubert Foundation, Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues, and The Exchange.


Join Team BroadwayWorld

Are you an avid theatre goer in Sarasota? We're looking for people like you to share your thoughts and insights with our readers. Team BroadwayWorld members get access to shows to review, conduct interviews with artists, and the opportunity to meet and network with fellow theatre lovers and arts workers.

Interested? Learn more here.



Macgyver Contest
Related Articles View More Sarasota Stories


More Hot Stories For You