Some of the best creative talents in theatre have been involved in bringing the multimedia spectacular Sinatra The Man & His Music to the London Palladium in honour of the great singer’s centenary. This official celebration of Frank Sinatra’s centenary year opens on 10 July, marking 65 years to the day since Ol’ Blue Eyes’ first ever performance in the UK at the Palladium back in 1950.
Karl Sydow, award-winning producer of productions ranging from Our Country’s Good to Dirty Dancing and Backbeat, has handpicked his team from the best in theatre, music, technology, dance and design in order to create an unforgettable West End show.
The creative team includes award-winning David Gilmore as director whose past accolades include Daisy Pulls It Off, The Hired Man and Grease. The stage set has been designed by Ray Winkler of Stufish Entertainment Architects. Stufish has designed impressive sets for the BRITS and the NFL Super Bowl, as well as tours for U2, The Rolling Stones, Jean-Michel Jarre and Robbie Williams.
Leo Warner from leading video and projection design company 59 Productions, was a winner at the 2015 Tony Awards for his work on An American In Paris, and will be integral in bringing Sinatra to life on stage using state of the art technology with never before seen footage from the Sinatra Estate.
Lighting virtuoso Patrick Woodroffe, who has worked with The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, AC/DC and The Three Tenors, and on the Opening and Closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games, is on board to ignite the stage with his world-class expertise.
Choreographers Glenn Wilkinson and Jacquie Biggs will create the routines for the company of 20 dancers that will accompany Sinatra on stage. Between them Wilkinson and Biggs have an unrivalled amount of experience performing in the West End, and most recently restaged Dirty Dancing across the world. Rounding off the creative team is top West End musical supervisor Gareth Valentine.
Also announced is the company of 20 dancers who hail from all across the UK. They are: Alistair Postlethwaite, Amy Hollins, Anabel Kutay, Ashley Nottingham, Aston Newman Hannington, Bryony Laura Whitfield, Charis O’Connor, Faye Best, Francis Haugen, Gemma Whitelam, James Revell, Jamie Firth, Liam Paul Jennings, Lucy Banfield, Matt Holland, Niall Swords, Nicola Coates, Rachel Ensor, Christopher Black and Aaron James.
Sinatra The Man & His Music at the London Palladium also features a 24-piece orchestra which will perform the music live under Sinatra’s voice. Conductor Richard John will lead the orchestra to match the emotion and tempo of the original masters of Sinatra’s voice, giving the audience an experience which is as close as they will get to hearing Frank Sinatra live.
The show is a completely unique celebration of the Frank Sinatra’s legacy. The high-tech production features 3D, rotoscoped imagery, rare and never before seen footage from the family’s archives and original masters of Sinatra’s voice, to bring the great man back to the stage of the London Palladium – the first venue he played anywhere outside of the US.
Karl Sydow said: “Sinatra at the London Palladium is the official celebration for the centenary of Frank Sinatra’s birth, and we’ve brought some of the biggest names in the industry together to do it justice. A show of this magnitude requires the best in the business. It’s going to be a mind-blowing and unforgettable experience for the audience.”
Talking about what audiences can expect, Nancy Sinatra added: “The Palladium show will be as close as we can get to a live Frank Sinatra concert. Using technology, his wonderful voice, state of the art sound and all of the images, the audiences will understand the magic of the man and why he was the legend, the icon, the brilliant musician that everyone who did see him live actually remembers.”
Sinatra The Man & His Music at the London Palladium opens on 10 July and runs for three months and is the only show to have the support of the Sinatra family.