OL' BLUE EYES SETS THE MOOD FOR TWYLA THARP'S BREATHTAKING CHOREOGRAPHY IN THE NEW MUSICAL
COME FLY WITH ME
A New Musical Conceived by Twyla Tharp with Vocals by Frank Sinatra
Production Debuts September 15 at the Nationally Acclaimed Alliance Theatre in Atlanta; International Tour Scheduled for Summer 2010
August 11, 2009 -- This September, Twyla Tharp will bring the music of one of the world's most legendary singers to the stage in the new musical, COME FLY WITH ME
. Conceived, directed and choreographed by the legendary Twyla Tharp (who most recently won the Tony Award for Movin' Out
) and featuring the music and vocals of Frank Sinatra, COME FLY WITH ME
is a unique production celebrating love and life as it follows four couples over
the course of one night falling in and out of love. The show has its world premiere at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre - a 2007 Tony Award recipient - on September 15, 2009, running through October 11. Ticket information is available at www.alliancetheatre.org
. The production will begin a Broadway-bound tour in summer 2010.
Set in a crowded nightclub, COME FLY WITH ME
is sexy, athletic, passionate and filled with optimism, providing a glimpse into the four couples' relationships. The audience follows each character on their journey of discovery, love and life, conveyed through Sinatra's music and brought to breathless heights through Tharp's high-energy choreography.
Tharp's direction and choreography blend the incomparable vocals of Frank Sinatra, an international company of 38 - including world-class dancers and a 17-piece on-stage Big Band - and a wonderful hit parade of song, including Let's Fall In Love, Witchcraft, Summer Wind, Body & Soul, It's All Right with Me, Take Five, That's Life, Nice ‘n' Easy
and My Way.
By special arrangement with Frank Sinatra Enterprises and The Sinatra Family, COME FLY WITH ME
features original recorded "masters" of Frank Sinatra's voice -- arguably one of the most recognized voices in the history of music -- backed by a live on-stage Big Band. The show's score combines newly discovered vocal performances from the Sinatra archives along with signature arrangements of some of his most famous work. The majority of music is comprised of songs from The Great American Song Book, composed by the likes of Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers and Jimmy Van Heusen.
The 17-piece Big Band that will be supporting the show will be comprised of acclaimed musicians from across North America. Renowned jazz artist Dee Daniels is featured at the piano, providing occasional vocals and the "female point of view." COME FLY WITH ME
features sets by James Youmans (West Side Story
), lighting by Donald Holder (The Lion King, Movin' Out
), costumes by Katherine Roth (All My Children
), and music supervision by Sam Lutfiyya (Movin' Out, 101 Dalmatians).
"Twyla Tharpe is America's dance laureate, a genius who understands among other things: discipline, music, dance, relationships, emotions and the human body. Somehow she reaches through the chaos of our lives and, with the help of Frank Sinatra's voice, shows us that everything is going to be all right," said Nancy Sinatra. "Having watched her in this process of creating - inventing - from the smallest detail in pre-production: the casting, set, lighting, clothes and the choice of songs, to the final show we are about to enjoy, I can say she is hands on and in charge. This is one hell of a show. We can all be grateful for the works that she shares with us and I often think, wistfully, about the wonders in her brilliant, beautiful mind that we may never get to see."
According to Tina Sinatra, "Dad was particularly proud of the Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov ballet, SINATRA SUITE. We saw it together at the Kennedy Center and to say he was delighted is an understatement. It brought us all to tears. I don't think he'd experienced seeing his music set to dance before, which prompted him to ask: ‘Why hadn't someone done it before?' He would talk about it for years to come and was ever appreciative of Twyla and Company. When it was performed again in Los Angeles, we attended the performance. It is sweetly nostalgic for us to be working with Twyla on this production a decade after Dad's passing."
Special care has been taken to expand some of the original musical treatments that were created for Frank Sinatra. In some cases exciting dance segments have been added to support the show, and featured instrumental soloists have been added to enhance the pre-existing works. Some new arrangements and orchestrations, as well as adaptations, have been created for COME FLY WITH ME
by Dave Pierce (Chicago
, Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular
and music director for the 2010 Winter Olympics).
"We are thrilled to bring Frank Sinatra's music and Twyla Tharp's incomparable choreography to the stage with this incredible new theatrical event," said Nicholas Howey, executive producer for His Way Entertainment, LLC in association with WAT Limited and Troika Marketing. "Combining the heart of the Great American Song Book performed on stage by a Big Band, with amazingly talented dancers and powerful choreography, COME FLY WITH ME
will undoubtedly appeal to theatergoers of all ages. We are excited to launch this production at the Alliance Theatre and then begin a worldwide tour next year."
"It's a profound honor and, frankly, a thrill to be a partner in the premiere of a brilliant work that combines the jaw dropping dance theatre of Twyla Tharp and the music of that icon of icons, Frank Sinatra," said Alliance Theatre Artistic Director Susan V. Booth. "COME FLY WITH ME
gives Alliance patrons and the city of Atlanta the first look at the music and choreography that will be a deeply significant contribution to American theatre. A mix of artistry and excellence not to be missed."
About Twyla Tharp
Twyla Tharp has choreographed more than one hundred thirty-five dances, five Hollywood movies, directed and choreographed three Broadway shows, written two books and received one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, nineteen honorary doctorates, the Vietnam Veterans of America President's Award, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts, the Jerome Robbins Prize, The Kennedy Center Honors and many grants including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
In 1965 Ms. Tharp founded her dance company, Twyla Tharp Dance. In addition to choreographing for her own company, she has choreographed for other companies including: The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Miami City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Ms. Tharp's work first appeared on Broadway in 1980 with WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG, followed in 1981 by her collaboration with David Byrne on THE CATHERINE WHEEL. Her 1985 production of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN played at the Gershwin and was followed by an extensive national tour. In 2002, Ms. Tharp's award-winning dance musical MOVIN' OUT, set to the music and lyrics of Billy Joel, premiered at the Richard Rodgers and ran for three years. A national tour opened in 2004 and also ran for three years. For MOVIN' OUT, Ms. Tharp received the 2003 Tony Award, the 2003 Astaire Award, the Drama League Award for Sustained Achievement in Musical Theater; and both the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography. In 2006 Ms. Tharp worked with Bob Dylan's music and lyrics to create THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' which played at the Brooks Atkinson.
In film Ms. Tharp has collaborated with director Milos Forman on HAIR in 1978, RAGTIME in 1980, and AMADEUS in 1984, with Taylor Hackford on WHITE NIGHTS in 1985 and with James Brooks on I'LL DO ANYTHING in 1994. Her television credits include choreographing SUE'S LEG for the inaugural episode of PBS' DANCE IN AMERICA, co-producing and directing MAKING TELEVISION DANCE, and directing THE CATHERINE WHEEL for BBC Television. Ms. Tharp co-directed the television special BARYSHNIKOV BY THARP, which won two Emmy Awards as well as the Director's Guild of America Award for Outstanding Director Achievement.
In 1992 Ms. Tharp wrote her autobiography PUSH COMES TO SHOVE. Her second book, THE CREATIVE HABIT: LEARN IT AND USE IT FOR LIFE was published in October, 2003.
Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE)
Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) is a joint venture between the Sinatra family and Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG). FSE owns Sinatra's recordings from the Reprise era as well as a treasure trove of films, television specials and unreleased footage, photos and audio recordings, which collectively represent one of the foremost bodies of artistic work of the modern era. FSE also owns and manages Sinatra's name and likeness rights and represents the artist's rights to the Columbia and Capitol catalogues. FSE pursues innovative new product and venture opportunities with respect to the legendary entertainer's name and likeness, as well as Sinatra's audio and visual recordings.
About The Producers
The producers have over two decades experience producing shows of all types and sizes throughout North America and the world. International venues include Russia, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Korea and Japan. The producers were most recently involved in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China with productions of The Sound of Music
, 42nd Street
. Current and upcoming productions in North America include Fiddler on the Roof
starring Topol, The 101 Dalmatians Musical
, Jesus Christ Superstar
, starring Ted Neeley and Cats
, running "now and forever."
About the Alliance Theatre
Now in its 41st season, Atlanta's nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre, recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, is the leading professional resident theatre of the Southeast, creating the powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people on two stages for youth and adult audiences. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Susan V. Booth and Managing Director Thomas Pechar, the Alliance Theatre is known for its high artistic standards and national role in creating significant theatrical works. The Alliance launched three Tony Award-winning hits to Broadway, Alice Walker's The Color Purple
, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida
and Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo
, and has premiered more than 65 works, including SISTER ACT the Musical
. Further evidence of the Alliance's commitment to new work is found in its nationally recognized Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition. The Alliance Theatre is a division of the Woodruff Arts Center.
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Posted by: Nancy | Aug 12, 2009 11:42 AM | Comments(7)
Frank Sinatra's music and life completely changed the face of popular music. Hordes of screaming teenagers, a bad-boy image, critically acclaimed artistry, scandals, the complete and utter respect of untold musicians -- Sinatra had all of this and more in his lifetime. An unparalleled interpreter of songs and a performer with grace and humility -- Sinatra famously did everything "his way."
iTunes is paying tribute to the great man by working with a selection of performers to record new, exclusive versions of the songs Sinatra made famous. These aren't your standard covers -- these are re-imaginings from artists such as Maroon 5, the Kooks, A Fine Frenzy, the Morning Benders, and the Kills. This is a collection of tracks you aren't going to find anywhere else. These are Sinatra covers -- done our way.
EXCLUSIVE! - Hear the first airing of a song and an interview with the band, Maroon 5, on Sirius/XM this Friday, July 10th, on Third Generation with AJ Lambert at 10pm ET.
Maroon 5, John Rich Do Sinatra Songs 'Our Way' For iTunes
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When Apple rang up Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine to see if he and his band would be interested in recording a classic Frank Sinatra tune, the singer jumped at the chance.
"He's definitely one of my all-time favorites," Levine told Billboard.com recently. "He's one of those guys that's just kind of larger-than-life. I always was a huge fan, ever since I was probably about 15 years old."
The resulting M5 version of "The Way You Look Tonight" is one of 13 Sinatra songs that Apple commissioned for "His Way, Our Way," an exclusive collection of covers and originals that goes on sale today (July 7) at the iTunes Music Store. Other artists who have their way with Ol' Blue Eyes favorites include the Kooks, John Rich, Seether, the Morning Benders and the Kills. An iTunes "His Way, Our Way" page has been created which features the covers and originals side by side.
The collection, which iTunes created with the support of Frank Sinatra Enterprises, aims to introduce a newer, younger audience to the Sinatra songbook while introducing longtime Frank-o-philes to new artists.
Levine and M5 keyboardist Jessie Carmichael worked with producer David Campbell on the arrangement, and the cover was even recorded in Capitol Studios, a one-time Sinatra's haunt. For Levine, there's more than a little Sinatra in his own singing style.
"I think Sinatra had such amazing taste," Levins said. "He never overdid it. He was always pretty understated in his singing which is interesting because he wasn't understated in his lifestyle. That juxtaposition is really kind of an interesting thing because he was very tasteful when it came to choosing certain melodies and almost didn't embellish at all actually. Kind of stuck to the plan, which I thought was very cool."
Levine and his bandmates are currently ensconced in a Swiss recording studio with producer Mutt Lange, in the beginning stages of the next Maroon 5 album. "I've got a lot of great material that I'm really excited about," he said. "I'm more excited about this record than I've been about anything."
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Posted by: Nancy | Jul 7, 2009 4:12 PM | Comments(3)