Opening Night Red Carpet 10/25/11
For two weeks only, NOW thru Nov 6, 2011
Theater review: Art Jackson
Natuarally, when one thinks of Frank Sinatra, "Ol' Blue Eyes" you can't help but think of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Peter Lawford but tonight Frank was front and center with the opening curtain as you hear his unmistakable voice that begins with the singing of "Star Dust."
Direct from Broadway and Las Vegas "Come Fly Away" premiered in Hollywood last night at the Pantages Theatre as Hollywood stars young and old from the worlds of music, dance, sports, film and TV arrived on the red carpet to celebrate as this production starts its 2-weeks only engagement from October 25 – November 6, 2011.
Some of Hollywood's most notable red carpet arrivals included Nancy and Tina Sinatra, and his grand-kids, Richard Chamberlain, Anne Jeffreys, Ed Begley, Jr., Jo Anne Worly, Rip Taylor, Kate Linder, GregLouganis, Patti Stanger among others.
Nancy and Tina Sinatra
With last curtain call for five minutes for the show to begin, it was clear that Frank's music trancended ages as in the make up of the audience..people from all age groups and nationalities were in attendance. The 80 minute show thrilled us as gasps at some on the choreography by Twyla Tharp could be heard throughout the evening performance As 16 incrediable musicians performed their Big Band sound with only one day of learning the music and 14 cast memebers of dancers tell the story of four couples falling in and out of love, you will experience the exhilaration of a first kiss, the excitement of a first dance, and the bittersweet moments of a first good-bye in a world of sparkling romance and astonishing beauty all with Sinatra's voice from beginning to end as the night club stage set was one that Frank played in many times before.
As I sat there listening to each song being played, I was even taken aback as to how many of his songs I actually knew, being that he was an icon for my parents generation. Classics such as "That's Life,' "Luck Be A Lady," "Learning The Blues," "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "Witchcraft," "Makin' Whoopee," "Fly Me To The Moon," "Body and Soul," "New York, New York", and "My Way" among others.
After Los Angeles, the show heads to Costa Mesa, San Diego then Seattle with a break after that. After the showone of the cast Mallaurie Esquibel was beaming on a successful opening night, "the 4 weeks of rehearsals was well worth it" she said. And the standing ovation proved it.
You will be entertained while taking a walk down memory lane.
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