Start spreading the news: Sinatra is in the city, narrating a new show about his colourful life coming to London’s West End.
Nearly two decades ago, the lights of the Las Vegas strip were dimmed to mark the death of Frank Sinatra. But, this summer, Ol’ Blue Eyes is back, or rather his voice and image are, as Sinatra: The Man & His Music comes to the West End's London Palladium (10 Jul-10 Oct).
The show, produced with the endorsement of the Sinatra family, features original master recordings of the singer’s voice alongside never-before-seen footage. A 24-piece swing band and a troupe of 20 dancers brings the music to life as well. The show is narrated by Sinatra himself, via excerpts from interviews he gave during his life.
‘It’s not a history lesson,’ says director David Gilmore, ‘but audiences will come away knowing a bit more about him.’
Voiceovers include Sinatra talking about everything from his love life (the singer was married four times) to his reaction to the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.
The singer first came to prominence as a solo artist in the 1940s. He started acting in films, but it wasn’t until the next decade that he won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in the 1953 film From Here to Eternity.
In the wake of this triumph, his singing career had a rebirth after a few years of decline, and he remained one of the best-loved recording artists in the world, right up until his death.
According to Gilmore, Sinatra: The Man & His Music is a ‘chance to discover the greatest era of lyric writing and songwriting in history’.
Other Starry Shows
If you love your musical icons from the 1950s and 1960s, the West End is packed with recently opened shows following the lives of stars such as Dusty Springfield in Dusty, The Kinks in Sunny Afternoon and Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.