Here is news of yet another Frank Sinatra tribute show: “From “All of Me” to “Young at Heart,” the Chico Theater Company will resound with music made popular by the late celebrated singer, Frank Sinatra, on July 30 with the opening of “My Way.”
“The musical tribute to Frank Sinatra was conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson in 1999. It highlights songs made popular worldwide by the voice of Frank Sinatra, a man who had the heart and courage to sing them “his way.”
During a recent interview, CTC producer/director Marc Edson said, “This show will feature two men and two women singing 56 of his songs with over 90 minutes of music. Darin Young, Andrew Hancock, Chiara de Bennedetto Brown and Alayna Roby are probably four of the finest singers in Chico. It gives you goose bumps to hear these actors sing together.”
“My Way” depicts four people coming together of an evening and talking about Sinatra’s life, his loves and songs he made famous. The staging is in a nightclub setting. A live combo will take center stage on a raised platform, with music director Carol Lane playing a baby grand piano and a backup bass and drums.
“There’s some play between the couples as they try to get romantic with each other,” Edson said. “Each of the medleys sung is based around a theme. Some of the medleys are 11 minutes long, but you just sit there and go ‘ahhhhh.'”
Edson thinks there will be some songs that people have never heard before. Some old favorites included are “Chicago,” “Dream,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and of course, “My Way.”
“When we did ‘Night at the Sands’ in 2006, and ‘Another Night at the Sands’ in 2007, it was because I love this music,” he said. “I saw ‘My Way’ in Sacramento last year and thought ‘Wow.’ It’s Frank Sinatra music which we love and our audiences love. People can relive the magic of songs sung by Ol’ Blue Eyes and reminisce how Sinatra was a part of their lives.”
Sinatra’s style of music has pleased pre-baby boomers, baby boomers and now teenagers.
“You can go up to an 18-year-old and talk about Sinatra’s music and he will know it,” Edson said. “They love that music. They dance to it. They listen to it. The artists recording today are taking old Sinatra songs and redoing them. It’s a type of music that crosses that generational gap — music that will endure forever.”
Put away your iPods and CD players and go to “My Way” at Chico Theater Company July 30 to Aug. 21. For tickets, call 894-3282 or visit www.chicotheater.com.
Frank remains one of the biggest attractions in the business…13 years after he died.