Sinatra tribute makes for a fun evening

Winfield Courier
February 25, 2006

For a breezy, sexy evening of music that will get you singing and wanting to get up and dance, you couldn’t do better than go to the Winfield Community Theatre’s production of “My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra.”

It will be onstage tonight for the last time at 8 at Meyer Hall.

David Andreas, director, and Mike Trollman, musical director, have produced an evening that will remind you of a lot of what made Old Blue Eyes so remarkable. Mark Schotte, Josh Melcher, Julie Woodring and Aubrey Slief are the four singers in stylish attire — the men in tuxedos, the women is party dresses and gowns — who move smoothly from one memorable song to another: “The Way You Look Tonight,” “My Kind of Town,” “Let’s Get Away from It All,” “The Tender Trap,” “That Old Black Magic,” “You Go to My Head.” The songs are so much a part of our standard repertoire that you'll know most of them. I heard 18 songs before they sang one I didn’t: “My Lean Baby.”

When you remember that Sinatra’s career ran for more than 60 years and he recorded over 1,600 songs, you recognize what a place he has in American culture.

And the combo of Trollman at the piano, Kenny Glasgow on string bass and Rob Bagot on drums give such rhythm to the songs that you want to get moving in the aisles.

With the fancy club setting, the strobe lights and the music, it’s a move back into the ’50s. I felt like a kid watching my parents out on the town. Some people will remember being those folks.

It‘s a fun evening.

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