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ROCK & ROLL REIGNITED Opens Florida Studio Theater’s Summer Cabaret Series


The Florida Studio Theater kicks off its Summer Cabaret series with Rock & Roll Reignited With Not Fade Away, an energetic new revue reinvigorating Rock & Roll classics with sizzle, showmanship and style.

Performed by Not Fade Away, a four-piece live band fresh off their national tour, Rock & Roll Reignited features nearly 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 musical revue begins playing June 14 at 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. The Cabaret subscription package also includes The Jersey Tenors – Part II, a new show by popular band The Jersey Tenors, celebrating performers on screen, and New York State of Mind: All the Hits of Billy Joel With The Uptown Boys, an energetic 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.

The leader of Rock & Roll Reignited is Jared Mancusoactor and musician who, since 2013, has performed nationally as holly buddy in several productions of Buddy: The holly buddy Critically acclaimed story.

“I had done productions of Buddy and other tribute shows that covered Holly’s music, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, etc., but they didn’t scratch that creative itch that 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 afraid that if I didn’t find a new way to share this music that I loved, it would die out.”

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

The four band members are making their FST debut with the theatrical presentation of Rock & Roll Reignited this summer.

Nick Gallardo, who created the musical arrangements with Mancuso, performed internationally on the musical tribute show December 1963. He is an established concert artist, performing in shows such as Forever Everly, Valens to Valli and Luck and Ricky LIVE!.

Alongside Gallardo and Mancuso on stage, Aurora DuBois (bass) and Mike Gallardo (drums). A few years ago, DuBois got the idea to play bass after watching a video recording of one of Radiohead’s albums. Since then, she has become an emeritus bassist and has created three different groups, each specializing in a different musical genre.

FST’s presentation of Rock & Roll Reignited marks the first time Mike Gallardo will perform with Not Fade Away, although 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, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and National Endowment for the Arts. The production is also supported by the Shubert Foundation, Sarasota County Tourism Development Tax Revenue and The Exchange.