Photos – Matt Klitscher
Ol’ blue eyes is back in town but he’s not doing it his way. In the centenary of his birth, Frank Sinatra’s music is as iconic as always. A Celebration of Frank Sinatra, starring the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is an honourable attempt at paying homage to the idol of the “bobby soxers” and founding member of the Rat Pack. But as an evocation of the Sinatra live experience, the event is as genuine and reliable as a Volkswagen laboratory emission test result.
The American crooner made his breakthrough in show business as the resident vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, between 1940 and 1942. Dorsey died in 1956, therefore many of his current band members weren’t even born when the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing", passed away almost 59 years ago.
What's the show about? It is a full-on musical banquet, 50% Sinatra, and the other half, Dorsey, using a fabulous orchestra and a couple of tremendous vocalists and two enthusiastic dancers to pay tribute to both men. Sensibly, there is no attempt at recreating Sinatra as a performer. Both Michelle Amato and Bryan Anthony are excellent singers in their own right, and both deliver songs from Sinatra’s songbook with restraint, style and grace. While Sydneysiders, Simone Barry and Daniel Dolling, add colour and charm to swinging instrumentals from the one and only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Terry Myers.
The show's raison d'être is to celebrate Frank Sinatra and it succeeds. Whilst the entire production looks effortless, smooth, and polished there is a lot of hard work to make the show so unpretentious. Naturally, the performance features many great classic songs – some of which at not from the Tommy Dorsey period – arguably, the best renditions are "All The Way" and “The Lady is a Tramp by Anthony, and “S’Wonderful” by Amato.
Anyone who believes that they will get pleasure from this type of gala undoubtedly will. Anybody who likes Frank Sinatra and big bands will almost certainly adore this admirable production.
ATA All Star Artists presents
A CELEBRATION OF FRANK SINATRA
Starring The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Musical Director Terry Myers
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide
Date: 8 October 2015
2015 Tour Dates
10 September | CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE | (02) 6393 8111
11 September | DUBBO REGIONAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE | (02) 6801 4378
12 September | STATE THEATRE, SYDNEY | Ticketmaster 1300 139 588
13 September | CIVIC THEATRE, NEWCASTLE | (02) 4929 1977
15 September | GLASSHOUSE PORT MACQUARIE | (02) 6581 8888
16 September | CONCERT HALL, QPAC BRISBANE | 136 246 or www.qpac.com.au
17 September | BROLGA THEATRE, MARYBOROUGH | (07) 4122 6060
18 September | TWIN TOWNS CLUBS & RESORTS, TWEED HEADS | 1800 014 014
19 September | CIVIC THEATRE, CAIRNS | 1300 855 835
20 September | EMPIRE THEATRE, TOOWOOMBA | 1300 655 299
23 September | PILBEAM THEATRE, ROCKHAMPTON - Bookings:(07) 4927 4111
24 September | MONCRIEFF THEATRE, BUNDABERG | (07) 4130 4100
25 September | EVENTS CENTRE, CALOUNDRA | (07) 5491 4240
26 September | MACKAY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE | (07) 4961 9777
27 September | WIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, WOLLONGONG | Ticketek 132 849
30 September | SHOALHAVEN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, NOWRA - Bookings:1300 788 503
1 October | ALBANY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE | (08) 9844 5005
2 October | BUNBURY REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE | 1300 661 272
3 October | MANDURAH PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE | (08) 9550 3900
4 October | PERTH CONCERT HALL | BOCS 1800 193 300
6 October | ULUMBARRA THEATRE, BENDIGO | (03) 5434 6100
7 October | FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE | (03) 9784 1060
8 October | HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE, ADELAIDE | BASS 131 246 or www.bass.net.au
9 October | THE ROYAL THEATRE, CANBERRA | 132 849 Ticketek
10 October | HAMER HALL, THE ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE | www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
11 October | DEAKINS COSTA HALL, GEELONG | (03) 5225 1210