A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Napa Valley College revisits the legacy of a legend.
Napa, CA: Silky, sultry and seductive. For all the legends about his mercurial behavior, Mafia connections and complicated love life, it isn’t Frank Sinatra's flamboyant personality that gave him legendary status - it was his music. From the days of Tommy Dorsey to the era of Nelson Riddle, Ol' Blue Eyes recorded more than 1,300 songs. In this musical revue, running Nov. 9-18 at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, fifty highlights from Frank Sinatra’s repertoire are sung by thirty talented singers. Under the musical directorship of Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes, with staging assistance by Jennifer King and choreography by Pam Rogers, music made famous by Mr. Sinatra springs once again to full, passionate life. Written by some of America’s greatest composers of popular music, the play-list includes the work of Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Irving Berlin. Martin Flynn’s set design, Skipper Skeoch’s costumes, and April George’s light design evoke a “Mad Men-esque” Vintage Vegas,
when the Rat Pack ruled the Strip.
Music for My Way is provided by the club-style combo of Ellen Patterson on piano, Bob Nadler providing percussion and Elaine Harrick playing bass. “I have never seen a show so packed with beloved favorites – the kind of show that makes people want to join in and sing along,” says Wilkes.
This carefully curated show is arranged in thematic medleys, including Favorites, Broadway, Cities, Young Love, Summer, Love and Marriage, Losers, Big Flirt, Moon and Songs for Survivors. Whatever your favorite Frank song may be, chances are it is in this show! With songs such as Strangers in the Night, The Lady Is a Tramp and New York, New York, we are reminded why Frank Sinatra is beloved, not only by those who remember him as “The Chairman of the Board,” but by a whole new generation of music lovers discovering him anew.
My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra is conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson with a book by Todd Olson. It plays Nov. 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 8pm, and Nov. 11 & 18 at 2pm in the Main Theater at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy. in Napa. Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for students/seniors/military. Tickets may be purchased online at www.napavalleytheater.org or by calling the NVC box office at 707-256-7500.
Production Team by Hometown
Music Director: Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes, Napa
Stage Director: Jennifer King, Napa
Choreographer: Pam Rogers, Napa
Scenic Designer: Martin Flynn, Oakland
Costume Designer: Skipper Skeoch, Napa
Lighting Designer: April George, Santa Rosa
Stage Manager: Jennifer Ruygt, Napa
Cast by Hometown
Napa: Alex Basta, Bruce Bradbury, Jorge Covarrubias, Darlene deBeauclair, David Dunlap, Suzy Gilbert, Rafael Manzo, Vanessa Manzo, Roxanna Phillips, Alexis Pierce, Berkeley Rousseau, Arely Tinoco, Cassi Tynan, Dorothy Unsicker, Rochelle Wallace, Angela Yee, Mary Ziegler
Vallejo: Kevin Rebultan, Jerome Sadhu
St. Helena: Julie LaCagnina
American Canyon: Liz Corey, Kyle Makaiwi, Alexander Belmont
Fairfield: Matthew Gracy
Pittsburg: Fiorella Garcia
Angwin: Ted Von Pohle
Vacaville: Rochelle Wallace
Yountville: Travis Brown