Florence Foster Jenkins

So, for the a few weekends in February 2019, I performed in the play “Souvenir” at the Historic State Theater in Eustis. I played Cosme McMoon, a fifty something year old gay pianist. Libby Sellers is Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy New York socialite who sang opera with confidence, blissfully unaware she had no actual talent — FFJ, not Libby, Libby has talent.

In the 2016 movie “Florence Foster Jenkins” there’s a scene early on in which Hugh Grant slips a $50 into the ticket envelope for the New York Post theater critic hoping to influence his review. In hindsight I wonder if I should have done the same for Matt Palm — not that it would have mattered, come to think of it. Matt’s too honest. It’s a fault of his, really. Matt’s review is below.

(Thanks for sacrificing your Super Bowl Sunday to come out to see us, Matt — evidently we both missed an exciting game...)

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Judy Garland Show

A swift 30 minutes, Judy (Baratelli) fills the time with improvised cabaret-style songs, comical commands to her accompanist Steve Merritt and the offstage lighting technician, ridiculing the audience, kick-ball-changing, stumbling, slithering and losing her place.

Click the link to read the full article.

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Anything Can Happen at SAK Comedy Lab

So recently two teens decided to throw caution to the winds and make their prom proposals from the stage of SAK Comedy Lab.  The video generated some interest, and got picked up by the Orlando Sentinel...

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Two Out Of Seven Ain't Bad...

Proud to be associated with two of the listed "favorites" -- the Grand Piano at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and the ragtime piano at the Magic Kingdom...I sub both these gigs and always enjoy how the live music enhances these two very different environments...

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The Bicycle Piano

Boy, was this the most fun of gigs - I played ragtime piano on a specially made mobile chassis called The Bicycle Piano - not really a bicycle, more like a backward tricycle.  To move the contraption you pedalled a unicycle that was fixed to the chassis. To turn, you turned the unicycle wheel in the OPPOSITE direction you wanted to go - and to use the damper pedal on the piano you had to pedal the thing with one foot.  This particular recording wasn't my best  -- I'd just started the gig a month before -- but it got better as the years went by - I did seven contracts over 11 years at TDL, and still long to once again pedal and play...

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Hoop Dee Doo!

This is the show I often perform as pianist at Walt Disney World. This Disney clip gives an overview of the show. It's my favorite show to perform on Disney property!

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My TDL Big Band Show

This was the hip Big Band show I fronted at Tokyo Disneyland.  23 piece big band -- awesome! I have a solo a few minutes in that I'm particularly proud of...

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Carnival Cruise Line Commercial

Here I am playing piano in a Carnival Cruise Line national commercial. All you see is the back of my head, but it was enough to get me my SAG (Screen Actor's Guild) invite letter...

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Mickey's Birthday in Tokyo, Japan

While braving the Tokyo winter I  had the pleasure of playing the bicycle piano during Mickey Mouse's birthday celebration at Tokyo Disneyland.  Here's an old YouTube video so that you can enjoy the celebration.

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SAK Gets A Better Space!

A long time ago...

“SAK Comedy Lab has a long tradition of providing improvisational theater suitable for all ages to Downtown and we are thrilled to be extending that experience in the epicenter of the Arts District at CityArts Factory,” said Shanon Larimer, Executive Director of the Downtown Arts District. “This new alliance gives the Arts District even greater momentum by providing a more dense cultural community in the core of Downtown.”

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