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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A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella's Castle

"As the evening continues, follow fellow Guests to the dining room, where the surroundings have transformed into an upscale, villainous atmosphere. Inside, enjoy the eerie entertainment as a piano player provides live music, accompanied by a few haunting solos from Lady Tremaine herself."

I am very good friends with Horatio, the aforementioned pianist...

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Lady Day - Review by Archikulture Digest

"Ms. Perez does more than channel Holiday’s voice and style, she comes on stage obviously drunk and becomes drunker as the night progresses, and that’s one of the hardest things to do successfully when fully sober."

Read the full review on the link below.

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Lady Day - Review by Orlando Sentinal

"Stephen A. Merritt ably accompanies on the piano; songs include a peppy "Gimme a Pig Foot (And a Bottle of Beer)," a dramatic "God Bless the Child" and an especially powerful "Strange Fruit.""

Read the full review at the link below.

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