Monday, July 10, 2017



In honor of its twentieth anniversary, the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre in Berlin is throwing a musical party and you are cordially invited.  In a night club setting, the songs and stories about America's favorite crooner come pouring out for your listening pleasure. Some of us have even been known to sing along, welcomed or not.  For a delightful evening of songs and memories, come hear  “My Way:  A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” weekends until Saturday, August 5.  Conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson, the show features the smooth and sophisticated talents of Kaite Corda and Jon Escobar for stories, songs and dances.

In December of 1915, a baby boy was born to Italian immigrant parents in Hoboken, New Jersey, who was destined to become a beloved interpreter of tunes, a swinger with the likes of a Tommy Dorsey and Harry James, a “bobby soxer” idol way before the Beatles and an actor gifted enough to win an Academy Award as well as more than a dozen Grammy Awards. Francis Albert Sinatra, better known as Frank, was part of the Rat Pack with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford and answered to the monikers “Ol’ Blue Eyes” and “Chairman of the Board.”

Duke Ellington called Frank “the ultimate theater” and this King of the Hill duet travels from “Strangers in the Night” to “I’ll Be Seeing You,” stopping along the way to pay homage to the late night  orb, with “Fly Me to the Moon,” spin the light fantastic romantically with such hits as “All of Me,” and “My Funny Valentine,” move around the world geographically with “My Kind of Town,” “New York, New York” and “I Love Paris” as well as a  medley of philosophical favorites such as “That’s Life,” “It Was a Very Good Year” and “I’m Gonna Live Til I Die.”

To Frank Sinatra, the secret of his success was to sing good songs and this wonderful twosome does just that in tribute and style.  Sinatra was known to sing one hundred songs a day and this musical tapestry squeezes in more than half 
that number, sprinkling in anecdotes along the way. The Hoboken Three, featuring TJ Thompson, Jamie Sherwood and Tim Urso play a sparkling backup for the classy tunes. Kris McMurray directs this smooth sampling with flair.

For tickets ($30), call the CT Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, Berlin (right off the Berlin Turnpike) at 860-829-1248 or online at  Performances are Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:15 p.m.  Remember to pack goodies to share at your table or plan to buy drinks and desserts on site.

Come recapture the spirit of a man whose music was a legend, a man we will long treasure and celebrate. Raise a toast to the Chairman of the Board.

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