Sinatra's Second Broadway Gig

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Except for nine days in September (12-20) in 1975, when he shared the bill with Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie at the Uris (now Gershwin) Theatre, Frank Sinatra would be making his Broadway debut March 25 at the Marquis Theatre — posthumously, providing vocals — for Twyla Tharp's latest dancefest, Come Fly Away.

Those who saw that gig recall it fondly — an evening divided into three parts, with the parties involved musically cross-pollinating from time to time. (It was a gassss!)

One suspects that this engagement was Sinatra's way of finally — belatedly — checking off Broadway because he certainly didn't boycott the town. He played everything from Radio City Music Hall to Carnegie Hall, and his appearances in the '40s at the Paramount (now the WWF in Times Square) are legend, setting the screaming-Mimi code-of-conduct for the teen-idol icons to come: Elvis Presley and The Beatles, to name Names. Back then, the fans were "bobbysoxers," but their decimal of appreciation never varied.

— Harry Haun

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