By Bonnie Goldberg

The theatrical marriage of Frank Sinatra’s sultry love songs and Twyla Tharp’s dazzling dance moves is an evening that promotes and celebrates romance. Think of a Valentine’s Day holiday gala hosted by Cupid himself where a big band, more than a dozen dancers and Ol’ Blue Eyes’ memorable music serenade and sooth. Experience “Come Fly Away” coming to Hartford’s Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts on gossamer wings of love until Sunday, June 3.


Sexy and sophisticated, flirtatious and fancy free, “Come Fly Away” follows four couples Kate and Hank (Ashley Blair Fitzgerald and Anthony Burrell), Marty and Betsy  (Christopher Vo and Ramona Kelley), Slim and Chanos (Ioana Alfonso and Matthew Stockwell Dibble) and Babe and Sid (Meredith Miles and Stephen Hanna) as they fall in and out of love, experience their first exhilarating smooch, discover what may not be fated to be and explore all the intricate parts of the puzzle known as love.


Great Sinatra favorites like “Fly Me to the Moon,” “New York, New York,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “Body and Soul,” and “I’ve Got a Crush on You” ignite the stage, with Twyla 


Tharp’s innovative and sizzling dance steps to bring the scenes to dramatic and daring life.


With shimmering long-legged ladies and dapper gents, the numbers fly by with fluid moves and sensuous styling. Whether it’s the bumpy courtship of “Let’s Fall in Love” with Marty and Betsy, the possessive and confrontational action between Hank and Kate in “That’s Life,” the spellbinding movements of Sid and Babe in “Witchcraft” or the caveman techniques of Slim and Chanos in “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby,” these versatile dancers go all out to make their feelings known through their incredible body language on stage.


For tickets ($17-72), call the Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford at 860-987-5900 or online at www.bushnell.org. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Sip an imaginary martini at the hot nightspot where the dancing is deliciously sexy and sensual and sensational, the big band brilliantly brassy and the vocals of Frank Sinatra dripping with dangerous delight.

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