ABOVE: TOM SANTOPIETRO, PHOTO BY JOAN MARCUS
BELOW: TONY DE SARE
If the current music groups like Counting Crows, Smashing Pumpkins and Barenaked Ladies confuse you and leave you shaking your head, if the on stage antics of Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry make you want to shut your eyes tightly and if you want to harken back to a kinder, gentler time, then Waterbury's Seven Angels Theatre has just the solution and show for you: "A Century of Sinatra."
For one night only, Saturday, September 12 at 8 p.m., the stage will be devoted to Ol' Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board, the guy who did it his way and you're invited to share the joy. Courtesy of Tom Santopietro, a Waterbury native who has dedicated his writing talents to the show business world he has immersed himself with, the audience will learn fascinating facts about Sinatra from his book "Sinatra in Hollywood."
A famed biographer, Santopietro has chronicled the lives of many icons, like Barbra Streisand and Doris Day. With in-depth precision and well researched detailed anecdotes, he is sure to fascinate all of Frank's enduring fan club. As if this lively tribute were not enough, he will partner with the singing stylings of Tony DeSare, an acclaimed jazz singer, pianist and songwriter who has appeared all over the United States as well as Australia, Spain, Japan and Hong Kong.
With a sound that has been described as "romantic, swinging and sensual," DeSare will bring his fresh flavorings to the tunes that made Sinatra a classic. He may croon such tunes as "Mack the Knife," "Let It Snow," "Strangers in the Night," "My Way," "My Kind of Town," "New York, New York," "All or Nothing at All," " Fly Me to the Moon," "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "That's Life" or a plethora from hundreds of others.
You're sure to learn tidbits about Sinatra as a talented actor as well as as the iconic singer who made Bobbysoxers swoon. This Hoboken, New Jersey crooner has been gone since 1998 but his incredible talents live on, thanks to the inspired joining of Santopietro and DeSare.
For tickets ($40), call Seven Angels Theatre, 1 Plank Road, Pavilion Park, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at www.sevenangelstheatre.org.
Celebrate Sinatra's 100th birthday with a brand new sound, great stories and extraordinary songs, as this tribute is launched for your personal entertainment pleasure.