'SINATRA AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM', is currently in previews and will open March 8th. This new show marks legendary performer Frank Sinatra's latest, greatest and most ambitious comeback.
But isn't he dead?, you might be saying to yourself or your computer screen. Well yes, and no. It's doubtful that a legend like Sinatra will ever die and with technology as advanced as it is, he is alive and kicking. Well almost alive, perhaps I should say, virtually alive. In this new production of 'Sinatra at the London Palladium' he is brought back once again where he truly belongs onstage singing and entertaining just like the good old days. And I'm not talking about another actor portraying him, but 'The Chairman Of The Board' himself Mr. Frank Sinatra.
Film, video, and news reel footage, of Sinatra have been digitally treated, then projected onto dozens of moving surfaces through the use of cutting edge high definition projection and LED technology, and composted together with hundreds of photos, historical footage, home movies, and audio recordings of Sinatra's personal interviews. All combined with a 24 piece orchestra (atop a traveling, tiered band stand capable of raising and lowering) playing orchestrations based on the original charts, and a full company of performers. And voila, Sinatra is playing the London Palladium once again.
At the heart of this production is Sinatra himself, captured at the peak of his career, singing his greatest hit songs direct to the audience in ultra-rare and some never-before seen footage. Ground-breaking creative use of cutting-edge technology puts him centre stage, larger than life on multiple moving screens, and lets him perform with a brilliant company of dancers and singers, supported by a live orchestra of the best musicians in London.
This new Â£5 million (over $8.5 million) ground breaking, stage spectacular is an experience unlike anything you have seen before in the theatre. Award-winning director David Leveaux takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride through the extraordinary life, stunning music and turbulent times of the entertainer whose career dominated the twentieth century, and who was arguably the world's greatest popular entertainer ever.
The cast of 20 will feature Stephane Anelli, Jo Cavanagh, Alistair David, Darren Fawthrop, Zoe Gappy, Helen Harper, Victoria Hinde, Stori James, Ebony Molina, Jo Morris, James O'Connell, Pippa Raine, Richard Roe, Simone Sault, Gido Schimanski, Craig Scott, Lorraine Stewart, Todd Talbot, Tristan Temple and Emma Woods.
The concept was developed in a show which was a sell-out success at Radio City Music Hall in New York in 2003. For the world premiere of this fully realised production, the producers have brought together a brand new creative team, headed by Leveaux with choreographer Stephen Mear and musical supervisor Gareth Valentine.
The show has the support of the Sinatra family, who have given the producers full access to their private archive material and home movies. A significant amount of the material was filmed on 35 mm film for Frank himself when he was in his early forties, at the peak of his career in the late 1950s. It has now been through an intensive cleaning and editing process, to produce images of extraordinary sharpness and clarity and a top quality 35mm sound track of Frank's voice in his prime. This is the first time the Sinatra family have allowed some of this material to be seen and this will be the first ever live stage production to use it to create a Sinatra experience.
David Leveaux is one of Britain's most respected directors. His work encompasses Broadway productions of iconic American musicals including 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Nine' (with Antonio Banderas) to comedies such as Tom Stoppard's 'Jumpers' (Tony Award nomination) and 'The Real Thing', starring Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle (Donmar, Albery and Broadway where it won 3 Tony Awards including Best Revival), and Greek tragedy 'Electra', starring Zoe Wanamaker (Donmar and Broadway). He most recently directed Jessica Lange in 'The Glass Menagerie' on Broadway.
Choreography will be by Stephen Mear whose recent West End credits include the Olivier Award-winning co-choreography of 'Mary Poppins', 'Acorn Antiques', 'On the Town' and the National Theatre's production of 'Anything Goes' which transferred to a sell out season at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
The musical supervisor is Gareth Valentine, whose work helped to create the hit shows of 'Anything Goes', 'Acorn Antiques', and the London production of 'Chicago' and who starred in the Channel 4 TV series 'Musicality'.
Set design will be by Tom Pye, whose credits include 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Glass Menagerie' on Broadway, 'Medea' for West End and Broadway and Art Direction for the film 'Richard II', both directed by Deborah Warner. The multimedia design is conceived by MODE Studios of Seattle, who have developed entirely new technologies for this show. MODE Studios have previously worked on productions with Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as with U2, Bruce Springsteen and Barry Manilow.
Sinatra's first ever performances in Europe were an absolute sell-out at the London Palladium in the summer of 1950 and he came back to Britain many times, including a return to the Palladium in November 1975. His last appearance in the UK was at the Royal Albert Hall from 26-31 May 1992.
'SINATRA AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM' is produced by Running Subway, Act Productions, Nederlander International and Michael Gardner with Jack Utsick & Karl Sydow, in association with Sinatra Enterprises and is sponsored by American Airlines.
Monday-Saturday at 7.30pm Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm
Tickets priced from Â£25-Â£55 Box Office: 0870 890 1108