Here are two reports today about upcoming tributes to Frank Sinatra: "His music has influenced and reflected American music worldwide for over four decades."
1: Fall River, Mass: The Little Theatre of Fall River’s July show is a salute to the fabulous music of Frank Sinatra, directed by Paul Allard, with musical direction by Al Deston, III. Created by Deston, it is a revue that includes many of the standard Sinatra tunes we’ve come to know and love.
The show was first successfully performed before Newport audiences and will now find a home among Fall River area theater-goers as well.
Included in the repertoire are highlights from musicals like “Guys and Dolls,” tunes from the Big Band era, the Broadway and Hollywood years, the Hit Parade, and Vegas along with iconic standards like “My Way,” “New York, New York,” “That’s Life,” and “It Was a Very Good Year.”
Starring in the Little Theatre production are Paul Allard, Jeff Belanger, Nicole J. Osborne Despres, Jessica Gates, John Silveira, Cathy Taitz, and Jenna Tremblay. Heading up the creative team are Allard and Deston, along with Allard and Jeff Belanger as choreographers, and Peggy Deston as stage manager. Playing with Al Deston in the orchestra are Gary Nitkin, brass and woodwinds, and Jerry Silva, drums and percussion.
“A Salute to Sinatra” runs to July 27, at the Firebarn Theatre. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16, with discounts available for seniors, students, and groups of 20 or more. For more information, call the Box Office at (508) 675-1852; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit littletheatre.net.
2: Long Island, NY: Robert Davi, an award-winning actor-director and singer who grew up on Long Island, will perform his critically acclaimed show “Davi Sings Sinatra” in Eisenhower Park Saturday.
Taking place at the park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, the concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Russian pianist Svetlana Smolina will open for Davi, along with three-time Emmy award-winning Comedian Dave Konig.
On the big screen, Davi has portrayed Bond villain Fran Sanchez in “License to Kill.” Over the past 30 years, he has starred in more than 130 films, such as “Die Hard,” “The Goonies,” “Showgirls,” “Predator 2” and “The Iceman.” On Aug. 15, movie-goers can see him in “The Expendables 3.” From 1996-2001, Davi has starred in NBC’s crime drama “Profiler.” He has also appeared in “CSI,” “Criminal Minds,” Stargate Atlantis, “Hill Street Blues,” “Gangster Chronicles,” and countless others.
Yet his love of music and singing brings Davi back to Long Island, where he will bring his interpretation of the Great American Songbook. He's already performed the show in Australia, and Las Vegas. His debut album, “Davi Sings Sinatra—On The Road to Romance,” produced by Phil Ramone shot to number 6 for several weeks on Billboard’s Jazz Charts.
Born in Astoria, Queens, Davi moved to Huntington when he was 5, went to Seton Hall High School in Patchogue and attended Hofstra University on a drama scholarship.
Davi’s first film role was in a movie starring Frank Sinatra.
“Frank Sinatra spoke to an immigrant population in a way that empathized with their struggles and gave them a sense of dignity,” Davi said. “He was the greatest interpreter of the American Songbook, the Shakespeare of America, the golden age of American music. I call my album ‘On the Road to Romance’ because I want to bring back that Romantic way people related to each other back then…a world that had a gentler, more respectful and hopeful attitude.”
The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre is located near parking fields 6 and 6A in Eisenhower Park. Lakeside Theatre has no formal seating, so concertgoers are urged to bring folding chairs or blankets. Special accommodations are available for disabled patrons, including reserved parking, easily accessible restrooms and a convenient reserved location on the hill. Assistive hearing devices are also available upon request for the hearing impaired.