PHOTO CALL: Nancy Sinatra, Quincy Jones, JoAnne Worley and More at Come Fly Away Los Angeles Opening
By Matthew Blank
The national tour of Come Fly Away, Twyla Tharp's dance musical that moves to the music of Frank Sinatra, is currently playing Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre.
Come Fly Away arrived on Broadway in March 2010 following a 2009 regional premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta under the title Come Fly With Me. The production ran for only 187 performances on Broadway, but a recent streamlined Las Vegas adaptation, titled Sinatra Dance With Me, proved a success and extended its run several times.
The cast and guests celebrated the show with an Oct. 25 red carpet:
With the blessing of Frank Sinatra Enterprises and the Sinatra family, Come Fly Away features original masters of Sinatra's voice, which are backed by a live on-stage band. The show includes original arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Quincy Jones, as well as newly created arrangements for the production.
The tour, which will run through Aug. 7 in Atlanta, reunites several cast members from the Broadway and Las Vegas productions, including Tony nominee John Selya, Matthew Stockwell Dibble, Cody Green, Laurie Kanyok, Marielys Molina and Ron Todorowski.
The cast also includes Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Martin Harvey, Ramona Kelley, Christopher Vo, Anthony Burrell, Mallauri Esquibel, Marina Lazzaretto, Meredith Miles, Marceea Moreno, Candy Olsen, Julius Anthony Rubio, Amy Ruggiero, Justin Urso, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Michael Williams.
Tony Award winner Tharp conceived, directs and choreographs the production. The tour is produced by Nederlander Presentations, Inc., by special arrangement with the Frank Sinatra Family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises.
Tharp previously delivered the Tony-winning Broadway musical Movin' Out (featuring the music of Billy Joel) and the short-lived production of The Times They Are A Changin' (with the music of Bob Dylan).
The touring itinerary follows:
Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 25-Nov. 6 at the Pantages Theatre)
The Come Fly Away creative team includes set designer James Youmans, lighting designer Donald Holder, costume designer Katherine Roth, sound designer Peter McBoyle and orchestrator Dave Pierce.
Come Fly Away, according to producers, "follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a live on stage big band and 14 of the world’s finest dancers, Come Fly Away weaves an unparalleled hit parade of classics, including 'Fly Me To The Moon,' 'My Way' and 'That's Life' into a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction."
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