By Adam Hetrick
11 Dec 2010
The 80-minute production is a streamlined version of Tharp's recent Broadway outing, the two-act dance musical Come Fly Away, which was seen at the Marquis Theatre last season. Sinatra Dance With Me swings into Vegas with much of the original Broadway cast in tow.
Tharp earned a Tony Award nomination for her choreography on Come Fly Away and has re-imagined the production as an intermissionless work specifically for Las Vegas audiences. According to representatives, Tharp has also explored new moments in the production.
Sinatra Dance With Me, conceived, choreographed and directed by Tharp, also features a 17-piece live band accompanying the original masters of Sinatra's hits. The show includes original arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Quincy Jones, as well as newly created arrangements for the production.
The Las Vegas production features original Broadway cast members Plantadit, Roberts, Selya, Laurie Kanyok, Laura Mead, Charlie Neshyba-Hodges, Marielys Molina, Matthew Stockwell Dibble, Todd Burnsed, Meredith Miles, Mark Myars, Justin Peck, Carolyn Doherty, Amanda Edge, Cody Green and Ronny Todorowski.
Fresh to the cast are Kyle DesChamps, Michelle Camaya and Candy Olsen.
Sinatra Dance With Me includes the same Broadway creative team as Come Fly Away and also follows the tale of four couples falling in and out of love in a smokey, music-filled nightclub.
The Wynn production features designs by set designer James Youmans, lighting designer Donald Holder, costume designer Katherine Rothand and sound designer Peter McBoyle.
As on Broadway, the four couples who flirt, fight and fall in love throughout the evening are played by Mead, Neshyba-Hodges, Selya, Plantadit, Molina, Roberts, Dibble and Kanyok.
Come Fly Away debuted on Broadway in March 2010, where it ran for 213 performances through Sept. 5. A national tour, which is separate from the Las Vegas incarnation, will launch in May 2011 in Chicago.
Sinatra Dance With Me debuts in Las Vegas just in time to commemorate Sinatra's 95th birthday on Dec. 12 and is scheduled to run through Jan. 29, 2011, in the Encore Theatre.
Tickets are $69 and $89. Performances will run Monday-Saturday at 7:30 PM. Visit WynnLasVegas, or phone (888) 320-7110.