Bristol Valley Theatre

My Way Opens to Standing Ovations
Sinatra in Naples

The butterflies in the stomach are always a little more active on opening night of the first show of the season, but when the curtain speech was finished and the music began, Bristol Valley Theater’s 2004 season was off to a great start!

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,
conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson, features 56 songs recorded by “Old Blue Eyes” and has been playing to packed houses throughout the country.

Fly Me to the Moon, I Get a Kick Out of You, The Lady is a Tramp, New York, New York… It’s hard to hear or even read any of these titles without having the song play in your head for the rest of the day. But while the songs may be catchy, the fact is one man made them so readily recognizable.

The Voice. The Sultan of Swoon. The Chairman of the Board. Ol’ Blue Eyes. The Greatest Singer of the Popular Song. These are all nicknames for one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, a man whose career successes spanned more than 50 years, enjoying popularity with each successive generation.

No attempt is made in this production to impersonate Sinatra, although many are saying that there’s something about Jon Penick’s onstage "attitude" that is reminiscent of the legendary crooner. Besides Penick My Way features three other talented performers - Tracy J. Wholf, Gary Duke and Carla Tassara, all of whom take the audience on a nostalgic journey through Sinatra’s 50-year musical career.

Each actor represents a different yet distinctive aspect of the Sinatra mystique. Yet, the actors are also playing themselves.

This young cast absolutely sparkles and they’ll light up the Bristol Hills for three weeks in June like the skyline of Manhattan.”

The production is directed and choreographed by Keith Andrews.

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