Vegas Run of Tharp's Sinatra Dance With Me to Star Karine Plantadit, Keith Roberts, John Selya
By Adam Hetrick
Members of the original Broadway cast of Twyla Tharp's Come Fly Away, including Tony Award nominees Karine Plantadit, Keith Roberts and John Selya, will appear in Sinatra Dance With Me – a new streamlined version of that musical – which will bow Dec. 11 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.
Tharp, who earned a Tony Award nomination for her choreography in the Sinatra-inspired work, has re-imagined the two-act musical (seen on Broadway as Come Fly Away) as an 80-minute, intermissionless production specifically for Las Vegas audiences. According to representatives, Tharp has also explored new moments in the production.
Sinatra Dance With Me will feature much of the original Broadway cast of Come Fly Away, including 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 production 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 will feature 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 will be played by Mead, Neshyba-Hodges, Selya, Plantadit, Molina, Roberts, Dibble and Kanyok.
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 two-act dance musical 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 May 2011 in Chicago.
Sinatra Dance With Me will debut 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.
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