'My Way' cast delivers a worthwhile tribute to Sinatra

Christopher Tower
For the Enquirer

The poster advertising the first show of 2006 at Cornwell's Turkeyville dinner theater lists the Frank Sinatra tribute "My Way" as "the hottest musical revue since 'Forever Plaid.'"

If you love Sinatra music and want an evening of often well-rendered music by Ol' Blue Eyes, you will enjoy "My Way" (and the turkey dinner is always worth the trip). And it's the music that's the best thing about the show.

Heidi Ferris is the first to really sell one of the songs with a version of "My Funny Valentine," which is worth the price of admission alone. In the final evaluation, Ferris may be the best of the four.

Matthew Scott is the next to have a good showing with "Makin' Whoopee," "My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)," and "Should I Reveal." Benjamin Lee Jackson is underutilized in the first few medleys, but he really closes out the first act strong with "The Lady is a Tramp" and "I've Got You Under My Skin."

Amber Burgess' voice is perfectly suited for songs like "Love and Marriage".

In Act Two, Ferris delivers another show stopper with "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry," followed by a powerful version of "One For My Baby" by Jackson and later "I'm Gonna Live 'til I Die." Jerry Post's piano accompaniment is a wonderful change from the usual pre-recorded music.

But it's duets and quartets that make the second act so special. Ferris and Jackson team up brilliantly for "Something Stupid," Ferris and Scott make "You Make Me Feel Young" special, and Jackson and Scott belt out "Fly Me To The Moon" with gusto. But it's the quartets of "I'll Be Seeing You" and "My Way" that give the show the strong finish it needs.

"My Way" is a worthwhile tribute to Frank Sinatra by four singers with voices like sweet honey and directors with a keen eye and a keen ear.

It's definitely enough to heat up a cold February or March afternoon or night.

Christopher Tower of Richland reviews theater and teaches at Western Michigan University.

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