|“My Way, a Tribute to Frank Sinatra”
By Charles Jarrett
If you enjoy the music often recorded and stylized over his lifetime by the one and only Frank Sinatra, then I am sure you will be thrilled by the Diablo Theatre Company’s musical offering at Lesher Center’s Hofmann Theater, “My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.”
Over the years, I have seen this tribute done by different theaters, in different-sized venues, some smaller, some larger, and I never get tired of reminiscing to a lifetime of wonderful musical memories.
Under the astute direction of Derrick J. Silva and musical director Cèsar Cancino, this show fully lived up to my expectations. I was a little concerned that this show is best performed in a cabaret environment rather than in a large stage setting such as the Hofmann Theater, but it worked well due mainly to the combination of superb dance-team choreography (four excellent dancing couples) and the astute delivery and renderings by the four principal singing stars.
Nostalgia is alive and well and wonderful in this outstanding show! All the songs we know so well, plus a few I was not familiar with, brought back the age where lyrics meant something to lovers and losers, even those with “High Hopes.” I’m sure you remember the clever Sammy Cahn and Seymour Simons lyrics about the ant and the rubber tree plant. There are at least 50 memorable songs from the Sinatra songbook as well as memorable stories, sayings and witticisms made wonderful by this musical icon and his Rat-Pack buddies.
Most of all, it is the talent of the four song stylists that really make this a memorable evening the big beautiful voice of Jessica Fisher, and the classic and crooning vocals by Carlos Lopez, Chloe Condon and Michael Kern Cassidy. Wow, they are so terrific. When their voices show off these wonderful melodies, it makes for one memorable evening. The musical direction and accompaniment by master pianist Cèsar Cancino, bass player Michael Shiono and percussionist Randy Hood brings this musical experience vibrantly alive!
My Way, A Truly Delightful Show!
Golden Bay Magazine
As a lifetime fan of the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra, and who has seen him in person, I have to say My Way, currently showing at Lesher Center for the Arts, in downtown Walnut Creek, is a very good show.
Documenting Frank’s career through his music, a cast of twelve singers and dancers, headed by Carlos Lpez, Jessica Fisher, Michael Kern Cassidy and Chloe Condon, entertain you for two full hours with this musical tribute that will make you tap your feet with some of Sinatra’s best songs.
From the days of the Paramount Theater in New York City in 1942, to his very last days touring all around the world, and his death on May 14, 1998, Frank Sinatra recorded 1,300 songs establishing one of the greatest careers of any crooner in American history.
This musical is not an impersonation of Sinatra, but rather a close look into his fascinanting life, done with the glitter and style of one unique entertainer, whose career in recording, television and movies is unmatched to this day. All done with the great sound of a three-piece combo, under the direction of César Cancino at the Piano, Michael Shiono at Bass and Randy Hood at the Drums. And under the directiong and choreography of Derrick J. Silva.
If you are a Frank Sinatra fan, this is a must see, but also if you are a Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. (The Rat Pack), you will be pleased with this bonanza of good music. Songs like Strangers in the Night to New York, New York, from That’s Life”, to Nice ‘n Easy, Fly Me to the Moon, to One for my Baby, the mother of all torch songs.
A total of 56 Frank Sinatra hits are in this musical extravaganza, with a 15 minute intermission. It ends September 29. The Lesher Center for the Arts is centrally located, easy to find from all points in the Bay Area. By BART is no more than a 15 minute walk from the Walnut Creek station. If you drive, there is a parking garage next door, $5.00.
I liked it so much, I might go again before it ends, if you like live music, great ambiance inside a great facility, it is worthwhile the trip from San Francisco, San José, Fremont of Richmond, and if you live in Walnut Creek, you are very lucky.