The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training has given us all a generous gift called -My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, and I urge you to dash to the box office before it's too late. ...A revue of some of the best popular music of the last 60 years, producer Brant Pope has brought in three enormously talented singer/dancers to add to faculty member Scott Hayes, a triple talent on his own. They form a "Fabulous Four" that can sing any style known to man, can dance like Broadway pros (under Jimmy Hoskins' inspired choreography) and can create, in two or three minutes, an entire three-act play....The best moments are the autobiographical quotes. There is a great speech at the opening of Act II and a quote about Sinatra's performance credo, which John Fredo delivers with simple eloquence....But, all performers do something to shout about! Creators David Grapes (also Director) and book writer Todd Olson have strung together 60 of the hits made famous by Ol' Blue Eyes. They reflect the taste and talent of the man and as an audience, we can be grateful. Grapes displays his actors on Richard E. Cannon's elegant bar set with imagination and resourcefulness. He and Hoskins have made sure each number has its own identity and - that elusive word - style. Two of Grapes' staging ideas were inspired. For "It Was A Very Good Year," he spread the foursome around the set in pools of colored lights. The beauty of that tableau will burn in my memory for many moons. The other moment came at the beginning (and end) of "The Moon Medley." The singers were spaced across the front of the stage, standing in strong pools of amber light from straight overhead. A lovely moon had been simply placed upstage, above the band. The effect was pure magic, as was the singing. A major element on the success of both these moments was Cannon's stunning lighting, which ebbed and flowed eloquently throughout the whole performance. Barbara Pope's costumes for the ladies looked lovely and moved beautifully and John Young and his musicians accompanied the proceedings in high style. For a civilized evening of glorious music, sung and danced by four supremely talented performers, get you to the Asolo, where, at the end of the evening, the title song will leave you with a tear in the eye and a lump in the throat. Who could ask for anything more?

Jack Eddleman
Bradenton Herald

No matter the era in which you grew up it would be difficult not to find some connection to the romantic music presented... So allow yourself to be seduced... Don't miss My Way and take someone you love along...the songs themselves are the stars; the performers mere vessels through which they shine.... Witty and sophisticated, these great songs are as much apart of the American Zeitgeist as Sinatra himself.

Stu Byron
The Weekly Planet

The jazzy three-piece combo led by Daniel Cartlidge swings with joy....There's a lot of promise in this review, which features some of Sinatra's greatest hits.... There is not a bad song in the production.... Fredo has a free-swinging style on numbers like "Fly Me to the Moon," "Summer Wind," "Lady is a Tramp," "I've Got the World on a String,"... and soars on a dynamic version of "That's Life." He does a fine job of reminding us of that hip, cool, easy Sinatra style. Whatever mood you wanted to be in, there's a Sinatra song to take you there. That's what this new musical review My Way wants to do. Fly you to the moon with the songs Sinatra sung.

Jay Handelman
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The work you did on the concept and the "building" of the show was fantastic. It has a nice shape and good pace with a very nice mixture of standards and a few lesser known songs for variety.
James Ashford, Literary and Casting Director
Florida Studio Theatre

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