|My Way opens extended run at Denver Center's Garner Galleria Theatre
Garner Galleria Theatre
Directed by David Grapes
Musical Direction by Lee Stametz
Open ended run began May 26, 2005
8 Performances weekly
Tuesday - Sunday
Evenings at 7:30 pm
Matinees at 2:00 pm
Man #1 - John Fredo
Man #2 - Fran Prisco
Woman #1 - Laura Ryan
Woman #2 - Shannan Steele
Female Swing - Melinda Wilson
Male Swing - Jeff Roark
Choreography by John Leonard and John Fredo
Set Design by Lisa Orzolek
Lighting Design by Charles R MacLeod
Sound Design by Miguel Lucero
Costume Design by Linda Schindler
Stage Management by Claudia N. Carson and Kimberly Payetta
Executive Producer - D. Randall Weeks
General Manager - John Ekeberg
The production features four attractive, energetic performers with strong and differing voices; dozens of the best twentieth-century songs; a set that's beautifully designed both to please the contemporary eye and to evoke the period, with softened Formica colors flowing into each other, and elegant forms; witty, attractive costumes; and three excellent musicians. Over the several decades of his performing life, Frank Sinatra sang hundreds of songs. Almost every one of us can remember an important life event that was accompanied by his smoky voice. My Way reflects the genuine affection and gratitude many people feel for his talent.
So if you're entertaining a business client or are out on a date or you've just knocked off work and fancy a glass of wine and some classic songs sung by sexy people, or just want an ear-candy evening to tap your toes and hum along to in a pink-edged wash of nostalgia, this is the show for you.
But sing they did during a delightful date-night evening where couples held hands over cocktails served during the show. The actors crooned, tapped and warbled their way through the hit parade that included Fly Me to the Moon, The Lady is a Tramp, My Kind of Town, New York New York and, of course, My Way.
Frank would have approved.
Rocky Mountain News
The cast is all top-notch. Fredo has great presence and a terrific tap, Prisco great comic flair and Steele wicked dancing feet. But Ryan impresses most with the purity of her vocal technique. Watching her tackle everything from "The Way You Look Tonight" to "L.A. Is My Lady," I recalled how Sinatra once said his greatest inspiration was to "play" his own voice the way Dorsey might play his trombone. On "All the Way," Ryan plays her voice like a grand piano.
When all four sing together ("Strangers in the Night"), the Manhattan Transfer-like harmonies go down smoother than a martini.
… the revue looks and sounds gorgeous…A song begins and heads lean on shoulders in unison. Older listeners are transported to childhood. Their first date. Their first kiss.
The Denver Post
…several patrons enjoyed it so much they felt compelled to sing along (thanks). Ryan puts some soul into L.A. Is My Lady. Prisco soars on Drinkin' Again, and Steele does a sexy turn on I Love Paris. But Fredo is the evening's compelling force, a thrill to watch. His talent made me want a cabaret evening of just him, just singing.
Rocky Mountain News
Grapes' "My Way" is an evocation, not an effort, to recreate the showbiz giant who is its subject, and it succeeds beautifully on every level.
My Way is about the music, and on that level it delivers in spades. On more than one occasion I saw tears glistening on the cheeks of audience members transported to another place and time by the notes floating down from the stage. If you have any interest in Sinatra or his songs, grab your favorite dame or fella and take in a performance of My Way.
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