Ahead of Sinatra The Musical's world premiere at the U.K.'s Birmingham Rep, music fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at the production in a new video. Tony winner Matt Doyle stars as the titular crooner, with direction and choreography by Olivier winner and three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. Get a glimpse of Sinatra The Musical in the photo studio in the sneak peek above, which gives you a glimpse of Doyle in character as ol' blue eyes.
Sinatra The Musical is set to begin performances September 23, playing through October 28. Joining Doyle is a cast that includes Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet!) as Ava Gardner, Phoebe Panaretos (Strictly Ballroom) as Nancy Sinatra, Dawn Buckland as Dolly Sinatra, Vincent Riotta as Marty Sinatra, Carl Patrick as George Evans, Maddy Ambus as Marlene Dietrich, Tyler Orphé-Baker as Nat King Cole, Greg Bernstein as Gene Kelly, Helen Colby as Hedda Hopper, Frances Dee as Judy Garland, Alex Gibson-Giorgio as Nelson Riddle, Ryesha Higgs as Billie Holliday, Stevie Hutchinson as Lee Mortimer, Lottie Power as Lana Turner, Spin as Sammy Davis, Jr., and John Stacey as Mitch Miller. The role of Little Nancy will be shared by Amelia Connor, Effie Gell, and Isla Granville. Rounding out the company are Samara Casteallo and Alastair Crosswell in the ensemble and swing Lindsay Atherton.
Sinatra The Musical is set on New Year's Eve 1942 as a 27-year-old Italian-American singer is about to step onto the stage of New York's Paramount Theatre. As Sinatra's career skyrockets, he struggles with balancing the love of his wife, Nancy, against the demands and temptations of his career. When he begins an affair with Ava Gardner, his records stop selling and the press turns against him, but one of the greatest comebacks in showbiz will follow.
Michele Anthony, Bruce Resnikoff, and Scott Landis serve as producers for Universal Music Group Theatrical, with Tina Sinatra and Charles Pignone serving as producers on behalf of Frank Sinatra Enterprises
The production will also feature a book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro, music supervision by Gareth Valentine, scenic design by Peter McKintosh, costume design by Jon Morrell, lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Paul Groothuis, video design by Akhila Krishnan, wigs, hair, and make-up design by Campbell Young, orchestrations by Larry Blank and John Clayton, arrangements by Ian Eisendrath, and dance arrangements by David Chase. U.S. casting is by Jim Carnahan and Jason Thinger, and U.K. casting is by David Grindrod and Will Burton.
Tickets are on sale now at Birmingham-rep.co.uk.