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June 10, 2021 11:00AM


Music Legends

Cabaret fans, have you ever wondered what it takes to put together an original music revue? Peek into the process with artists Brandon Wardell and Carole J. Bufford as you hear about their exciting new Cabarets in development. Wardell’s Only The Lonely celebrates the extensive catalog of the one-and-only Roy Orbison. Bufford’s Daring Dames of the Silver Screen is a musical tribute to powerful female vocalists ranging from Old Hollywood to today. It’s no small feat to take on these big, bold, and legendary voices.  From song selection and storytelling to connecting authentically with the material and channeling the original artists who made it all famous, these Cabaret pros will share their knowledge and process.

Brandon Wardell
is equally at home in the spotlight or behind the scenes. A 5-time Tony and 4-time Grammy nominee (one Tony win for Porgy and Bess) and a member of the Recording Academy; he has performed, produced and recorded all over the world. His band, Under the Streetlamp, has 4 PBS Specials airing nationally. Broadway/NYC: James Joyce’s The Dead, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Assassins, Good Vibrations, Catch Me if You Can, and Evil Dead the Musical.


Carole J. Bufford A recipient of the Nightlife, Bistro, and BroadwayWorld Awards for Outstanding Vocalist, Carole has become one of the most sought after young performers on the American jazz and cabaret scene. She recently enjoyed a highly praised 10 month solo run at New York’s Birdland Jazz Club and a monthly residency at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Her shows, speak easy. (featuring the Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks), Come Together, and You Don’t Own Me earned her rave reviews from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Times (UK). 

Catherine Randazzo
 is an Associate Artist for FST. She serves as Literary Manager, in-residence director, teaching artist, and professional actor. She leads New Play Development, collaborates on Cabaret development, teaches adult education classes, and leads audience outreach programs. She recently directed That’s Amoré!; Outlaws and Angels; Light My Fire; and Unchained Melodies for the Cabaret and Buyer & Cellar for Stage III. She attended Otterbein University where she received her BFA in performance 





This FST Forum will be held exclusively online. After registering, you will receive an email the day before the event from Florida Studio Theatre containing information about joining the online Zoom event. This will be a separate email from your confirmation email. If you have any issues with registering or accessing the conversation, please call the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000. You will need to download the Zoom mobile or desktop app to participate in this event.


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