My Way...A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra Review – Ol' Blue Eyes Lives On

 

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"Everyone in the room probably has a memory of Frank Sinatra. In fact tonight, we're gonna sing every one of his songs. We should be finished in eight days if we don't take any breaks!"

 

So begins "My Way...a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra." Looking at the rapt faces packed stem to stern at the Theo Ubique home in the cozy No Exit Cafe space on Glenwood, it seemed no one would have minded if the show did go for eight days!

 

Whether you're a Frank fan or just enjoy the Great American standards, treat yourself with a trip to Rogers Park this holiday season where Theo Ubique newcomers Caitlin Boho and Carl Herzog join veterans Kyrie Anderson and Christopher Logan for a sizzling holiday cabaret featuring dozens of songs popularized by Ol' Blue Eyes himself.

 

Just close your eyes, and you're instantly transported back in time, where the room is filled with guys in tuxes and gals in gowns and jewels, cigarette smoke filling the air and martinis in every hand.

 

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The intimate venue, lighting and simple staging are the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous vocals brought to life by Anderson, Logan, Boho and Herzog. Jeremy Ramey on piano, Kevin Brown on drums and Jake Saleh on bass lend their artistry, their mastery of the tunes allowing the vocals to shine.

 

For a couple of hours, give yourself over to the quartet of fabulous voices as they wind their way through dozens of Sinatra faves like "Someday," "Sunny Side of the Street," and "Making Whoopie."

 

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Caitlin Boho rocks the house with her vocal power on "High Hopes" and her interpretation of "My Funny Valentine" is truly music to the ears.

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Kyrie Anderson dazzles in duet with Christopher Logan on "Where or When," and showcases her ability to get down into the heart of a song with "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry." Logan and Anderson clearly enjoy performing together– the chemistry between them snaps, crackles and pops in "I Get a Kick Out of You."

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Carl Herzog not only channels Sinatra's unique phrasing and swagger, but brings his own considerable talent to songs like "Summer Wind" "One More for the Road" and "I've Got You Under My Skin."

The quartet works the room, moving through the crowd (no small feat in itself given the close quarters) making each table feel they're getting a private show. In between songs, they chat with the audience, sharing little tidbits about Frank, giving us yet another window into his life.

 

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Logan shows off his acting and dancing chops in addition to his delicious voice, delighting Chicago fans with, among others, his rendition of "My Kind of Town."

 

A show about the Chairman of the Board wouldn't be complete without "My Way" and these fine young singers didn't disappoint, delivering a rendition that I'm sure even the man himself would be proud of. That said, one of the highlights of the evening for me was their rollicking take on "That's Life," where they let loose and showed how much fun they were having together. Whether you're a true blue Ol' Blue Eyes fan or just looking for a great time, don't miss this one!

 

Opening the day after Thanksgiving, November 27, at No Exit Cafe 6970 N. Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, My Way...A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, the show will now run through Sunday, January 31, 2016 including special New Year's Eve and New Year's Day performances. Dinner and theatre packages available, as well as student and senior discounts. For more information and tickets, visit Theo Ubique or call 800-595-4849 or 773-347-1109. (Photos courtesy of Cody Jolly.)

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