“MY WAY” A DELIGHTFUL MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA

BONNIE GOLDBERG

In December of 1915, a baby boy was born to Italian immigrant parents in Hoboken, New Jersey, who was destined to become a beloved crooner of tunes, a swinger with the likes of a Tommy Dorsey and Harry James, a “bobby soxer” idol way before the Beatles and an actor gifted enough to win an Academy Award as well as more than a dozen Grammy Awards. Francis Albert Sinatra, better known as Frank, was part of the Rat Pack with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford and answered to the monikers “Ol’ Blue Eyes” and “Chairman of the Board.”

To reconnect with the man and his music, head over to Music Theatre of Connecticut in Westport for a delightful evening of songs and memories in “My Way:  A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” weekends until Sunday, April 17.  Conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson, the show features the talents of Jodi Stevens, Robert J Townsend, Jillian Schochet and Johnny Orenberg in a sophisticated supper club setting reminiscent of the late 1950’s.

Duke Ellington called Frank “the ultimate theater” and this King of the Hill gang travels from “Strangers in the Night” to “I’ll Be Seeing You,” stopping along the way to pay homage to the moon, with “Fly Me to the Moon,” spins the light fantastic romantically with such hits as “Where or When,” and “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” moves around the world geographically with “My Kind of Town,” “New York, New York” and “I Love Paris” as well as a  medley of philosophical favorites such as “That’s Life,” “It Was a Very Good Year” and “I’m Gonna Live Til I Die.”

To Frank Sinatra, the secret of his success was to sing good songs and this wonderful quartet does just that in tribute and style.  Sinatra was known to sing one hundred songs a day and this musical tapestry squeezes in more than half that number, sprinkling in anecdotes among the notes. Kevin Connors directs this smooth sampling with skill.

For tickets ($25-45, with $5 off for students, seniors), call MTC, 246 Post Road East, Lower Level Colonial Green, Westport at 203-454-3883 or online at www.musictheatreofct.com.  Performances are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., with an added show Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m.

Come recapture the spirit of a man whose music was a legend, a man we will long treasure and celebrate.


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