FRANK SINATRA RETURNS TO THE LONDON PALLADIUM
Even the neon rave kids and the most hardcore of garage MCs have a soft spot for Ol’ Blue Eyes. For good reason too. Responsible for some of the most memorable, best loved and widely recognised songs of the last century, Frank Sinatra is, as they say, a ‘Big Deal’.
So it’s sure to cause more than a flutter of excitement to learn that ‘Sinatra’ The Man & His Music is coming to London. Even better, it is playing at the same place that 65 years ago (July 1950) Frank had his first ever European concert in July 1950, the London Palladium.
In the centenary year of the legendary entertainer’s birth, the new multi-media show –the only UK production with the endorsement and support of the Sinatra family and produced in association with Frank Sinatra Enterprises – features ultra-rare and original master recordings of Frank Sinatra. Using cutting edge technology and never-before-seen performance footage, the show takes us on a journey through Sinatra’s life, told by the man himself alongside personal family photographs and film.
Audiences will experience the music of the most iconic voice of a generation, including his greatest hits such as Come Fly With Me, Fly Me To The Moon, New York, New York and My Way.
Accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra and a company of 20 dancers and singers, the show is a celebration of Frank Sinatra’s life and times; to many the world’s greatest entertainer.
That endorsement from the Sinatra family is seen in the comments on the announcement from his children. Nancy Sinatra summed up her excitement at the shows by simply saying “The Palladium show is dear to our hearts because my father loved the venue.” Frank Sinatra Jr explained a little more: “2015 is the year of my father’s centennial. One of the most exciting events we have planned is this London show. My father first played the Palladium in July 1950, so it is fitting that the show will debut in the historic venue, as London was one of his favourite cities in the entire world. We hope his many British fans will come and celebrate with us as the magic Ol’ Blue Eyes will soon be back in town.”
Karl Sydow, the show’s producer, said: “I’m delighted to be presenting, with the cooperation of the Sinatra family and FSE, the official stage production for the centenary year of Frank Sinatra’s birth. The production will play the leading role in what I am sure will be a year full of tributes to Sinatra. This new production will take full advantage of the latest technology, bringing the Sinatra magic into the theatre in a way that has never been seen before.“
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