|We could have run the show for months! I know for certain we want to take a look at Christmas My Way.
“THE MOST ROMANTIC thing to do this year. Witty, energetic, very cool.”
The Sacremento Bee
My Way originally opened at Venice Theatre (FL) for a limited run back in the summer of 2003. It immediately sold out and performances were added - twice. Each extension sold out and the theatre maintained a waiting list for cancellations. In response to My Way’s popularity, the theatre presented the cabaret a second time as part of its 2004-2005 Season. It has proven so popular with our audiences that the theatre will stage its third production of My Way in August 2009.
Please pass along my compliments to David Grapes, Andrew Barnicle, Karen Wood & the talented cast of “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra”.
Through much of the mid-twentieth century Frank Sinatra was an icon of popular music and symbol of individuality. He now seems to have a growing revival among today’s younger generation.
"We're really excited about going into My Way. We really have a winner with this show. The four actors are fabulous ... it's wonderful stuff and it sounds fantastic . It's cool, fun and life-affirming."
'My Way' closes out to sold-out Roxy audiences
What a swell week this has been! Our hit musical "My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra" closed to sold-out and cheering houses. It has turned out to be one of the most successful shows we have presented during the month of February.
Managing Director Roxy Regional Theatre
I am the music director for a production of My Way at the Youngstown Playhouse. Love the show, love the script, LOVE the charts! Once again, awesome piece, really really well done!
Our production of My Way was a wonderful success! This show was a joy to direct . Our audience comments were wonderful and some came back more than once.
Methacton Community Theater
My Way will put you in the holiday mood
I never had so much fun! The performers were outstanding. The combo was great. The two couples one young and one older were so talented and their voices blended as one. You must see this show. It will definitly put you in the holiday mood. The performances are at Hillbarn Theater in Foster City Ca. A very intimate theater that made their "lounge set" very cozy and intimate.
Hillbarn Theater in Foster City Ca
Artistic Director - Muhlenberg Summer Theatre
"My Way" was a stunningly staged interpretation of classic American songs associated with Sinatra that offered a lavish set and great performances
Our production of MY WAY was a HUGE success! We are hoping to include an encore performance of MY WAY to open our 2006 season.
Riley H. Risso
Producing Director - Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival
The Morning Call
Barbara Rose Shuler
"True, there will never be another Sinatra. But thanks to My Way, Old Blue Eyes will never be forgotten."
Nashville City Paper
MY WAY was conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson, Tennessee Repertory Theatre's former artistic director. This tribute to the art of Frank Sinatra is a straightforward musical revue, offering an endless parade of familiar hits interlinked by connecting patter. It's a simple formula, but the power of the Sinatra legacy has made the show a surprise hit in regional venues nationwide.
The Nashville Scene
If memories were butterflies, the Oregon Cabaret Theater would be filled from floor to ceiling with the gentle flutter of a million wings. My Way, A Musical Salute to Frank Sinatra is the vehicle that launched the beautiful creatures . . . and my metaphor.
Ashland Theatre Review
Joplin Little Theatre
Bob Heritage - Director
Our fall tour was extremely successful - great response to MY WAY! The Nebraska Theatre Caravan performed a total of 18 performances of the show on the road and we're excited about opening the show here at the Omaha Community Playhouse in January!
Susie Baer Collins
Dick Engbers, Artistic/Managing Director
Dino Donikian, radio host on KABL 960 in San Francisco, rated "My Way" 5 of out 5 soccer jerseys, (his highest rating), and told KABL listeners to come see the show!
"My Way did very well, pulling in over 1600 people - 60% more than the 1020 who attended our production of Some Enchanted Evening in the same slot last year."
South Bend Civic Theatre
"My Way was more than we had hoped for. You haven't got a show...you have a license to print money. We are already planning to bring back MY WAY again next summer."
Venice Little Theatre
"The local critics and audiences raved! It is a show that our audiences will be talking about for years to come. I expect a revival of this somewhere in our future. What a lovely piece."
Elynmarie Kazle Executive Director
Weathervane Community Playhouse
We're also working on next season and would like to explore producing the Christmas version of "My Way" in the fall of 2004.
CTA Crossroads Theatre
What was your most successful show last season?
My Way - A Musical Tribute To Frank Sinatra, conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson, book by Todd Olson:
"This show was the most financially successful because it was a Sinatra review and the expenses weren’t that large. This play does well in regional theaters all across the world. There are 50-plus Sinatra songs and the audience just loves it. They really dig it."
"The entire run was sold out before we opened. It looks like you've created the successor to FOREVER PLAID! Congrats!"
Gus Gordon, Producer/Director
Gordon Productions - Springfield, IL
"Shattered everyone of my box office records. The entire run (35 performances) was sold out before we opened."
"Frank would have loved it."
"Sinatra said that the secret of his success was to sing great songs. MY WAY offers some of the greatest music of the 20th century in a smart, tight production that has broad appeal. Every night our audiences are on their feet cheering."
Marc Masterson, Artistic Director
Actor's Theatre of Louisville
"David Grapes and Todd Olson have created a piece that's at once elegant and playful."
Dallas/Fort Worth Star Telegram
"My Way is more than a celebration of Sinatra: It's an evocation of a time when every saloon was the Rainbow Room, and every random encounter was a potential romance."
The Arizona republic
"For a civilized evening of glorious music, sung and danced by four supremely talented performers, get you to the Asolo Theatre, where, at the end of the evening, the title song will leave you with a tear in the eye and a lump in the throat. Who could ask for anything more?"
"Witty and sophisticated, these great songs are as much apart of the American Zeitgeist as Sinatra himself."
The Weekly Planet
"A drop-dead, too-good-too miss musical revue. This is truly a proper and fitting musical tribute to the great Frank Sinatra."
Joanne Greco Rochman
Waterbury Republican American
"Vince diMura's clever arrangements of song standards not only serve the vocalists well, but also manage to give a sense of stylistic coherence to the medleys while still retaining a touch of the familiar arrangements used in Sinatra's original recordings.only serve the vocalists well, but also manage to give a sense of stylistic coherence to the medleys while still retaining a touch of the familiar arrangements used in Sinatra's original recordings."
"... an entertaining jukebox of a show."
Fort Myers News Press
"everything you would want out of a night at the theatre rousing, sentimental, romantic and fun."
"It's a wonderful trip down memory lane."
The Birmingham News
"My Way is a fitting tribute to the music that made Sinatra a pop icon and is fondly remembered by many generations. It is an excellent summer treat that gently entices you, like the mild breezes of a summer wind, to relax and enjoy the dog days of the season."
"...the show is a feel-good two hours that captures in tone and setting, a 1950s club performance."
"Welcome to Frank's world -- a world of tuxedoes, beautiful women, curving staircases, intimate lighting, elegant tables for two and lots of wonderful music."
The Grand Rapids Press
"Swingin' lovers, swooning bobby soxers and other fans of the late, great Frank Sinatra will likely find much to like!"
The Wichita Eagle
"Old Blue Eyes must be smiling."
Winston Salem Journal
"Our tour of MY WAY is going great. Very good response from the audiences and our tour manager has noted that attendance seems even stronger than usual across the board. Audiences are loving the show and were very responsive the night I saw it. An immediate standing ovation after the last note of My Way"
Paul Pierce, Artistic Director
Springer Opera House - Columbus, GA
"Thank you so much for allowing Gordon Productions to present MY WAY. The show was a HUGE HIT for us!. I'm sure we will be calling soon to ask you to present it again next year in a larger theatre."
"Also, thank you for being so helpful and available! The major licensing houses are all fine, but I've never dealt with a "licensing" person who was so easy to contact and willing to offer support on so many levels. You would always respond to a question within 24 hours."
Gus Gordon, Artistic Director,
Gordon Productions - Springfield, IL.
"Thank you for the wonderful gift of "My Way". Never have I enjoyed working on a show as much as this one. The more I got into it, the more I recognized how beautifully constructed the units were - and the pacing was so fine."
"THREE STANDING O's was testimony to the magic of this show. Thank you , thank you, thank you, for one of the most memorable challenges, and successes of my career. I LOVED every minute of it. Please send information on CHRISTMAS MY WAY!"
Norinne Tiley, Producer/Director
Northhampton Musical Theatre Workshop
"We have had a standing ovation at every performance (and that's saying something- our audiences generally don't stand with great ease!) The actors have tremendous personality and sing and dance beautifully. It will be a huge success for us!"
"My Way premiered in June 2000 and has been packing them in everywhere ever since. A recent issue of " American Theatre" magazine called it "this season's most produced musical. 0l' Blue Eyes would be making whoopee over this classy show."
By opening night we sold-out the entire run of "My Way." We hit the publicity hard with large newspaper ads and live, remote television interviews prior to opening. Thanks for providing our historic little theatre a great show to begin our 82nd Season (especially as we begin new construction on our theatre that financially requires us to have a hit show!) We are planning to extend at least one week and maybe more.
Robert K. Darrow
"Start spreading the news: MY WAY, the Frank Sinatra tribute is a hit!"
"In short MY WAY is a fun return to Sinatra, the voice of the 20th century, and the times when life seemed much simpler."
"The show effectively captivates you. Even the most unknowing Sinatra fan will catch himself or herself singing "I Only Have Eyes for You" and "The Way You Look Tonight" on the ride home."