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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Anything Goes

The L.A. Times reports on a DVD release of an old Colgate Comedy Hour adaptation of Anything Goes, starring Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman.

"The new DVD release -- from the Archive of American Television -- features a 1954 televised staging of the musical starring Sinatra, Merman, Bert Lahr and Sheree North. (The musical aired on "The Colgate Comedy Hour" on NBC.) The DVD, which runs only 53 minutes, features a pared-down version of the musical that uses only a selection of the original score, with plot changes."

The DVD ought to hit the shelves next week. The classic Cole Porter musical is also being revived on Broadway next month, starring Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell and Joel Grey.

Friday, March 11, 2011

"Sinatra: Dance With Me" Extends Through April 30th

From Broadway World:

Wynn Las Vegas announced that performances of the new hit show SINATRA Dance With Me will be extended through April 30 in response to overwhelming audience demand.

Read More - Sinatra Dance With Me Extends It's Run at Wynn

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Sinatra Biopic Project Moving Along

News today that Universal Pictures has named Scott Rudin as their producer on Sinatra, the Martin Scorsese film being made with the blessing of Frank Sinatra Enterprises. Rudin was producer of two Oscar-nominated films this year, True Grit and The Social Network. He's also currently producing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Tina Sinatra is among the Scorsese movie's other producers.

Always nice to learn of progress on the project.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Frank Sinatra, Jr. | For Those Down Florida Way

The Palm Beach Post reports that Frank Sinatra, Jr. will be appearing at the Lyric Theater in Stuart Monday evening, March 7th.

From the write-up: "In this touching tribute, Sinatra steps away from his own repertoire to pay tribute to the man who remains a vivid presence in his life. The show includes such signature Sinatra songs as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “One for My Baby,” “New York, New York,” and “Strangers in the Night.” There will also be reminiscences from Frank, Jr. – one of the few who unquestionably knew his father best."

I've never had the privilege of hearing Frankie in concert, but his recordings are oustanding. If you're in the neighborhood come Monday, I'd highly recommend the show.