2006 Sinatra at the London Palladium
Previewed 17 February 2006, Opened 8 March 2006, Closed 16 September 2006 at the London Palladium
Frank Sinatra at The London Palladium... Ol' Blue Eyes is back... and larger than life!
A special theatrical event celebrating the life and career of Frank Sinatra. This live show explores the prime years of Frank Sinatra's music, film career and life through musical performance, gaint screens showing vintage footage of Frank in concert and dazzling visual effects.
The all-swinging, all-dancing live spectacular! Frank Sinatra at The London Palladium features a 24-piece live orchestra on stage along with a large company of dancers, plus special guests. But the centre-piece of this ground-breaking show is the use of the latest digital film and stage technology that lets Frank Sinatra actually duet with the live musicians on stage, and sing directly to the audience. His image will be projected on multiple moving screens and surfaces and magnified to 20 foot.
Musical written by Bill Zehme with the songs of Frank Sinatra, devised by David Leveauz, Joseph Rosenblum and James Sanna.
The cast featured Craig Scott, Ebony Molina, Simone Sault, Stephane Anelli, Alistair David, Darren Fawthrop, Emma Woods, Gido Schimanski, Helen Harper, James O'Connell, Jo Cavanagh, Jo Morris, Lorraine Stewart, Pippa Raine, Richard Roe, Stori James, Todd Talbot, Tristan Temple, Victoria Hinde, and Zoe Gappy.
Directed by David Leveaux, with choreography by Stephen Mear, sets by Tom Pye, costumes by Laura Hopkins, multimedia designs by Bob and Colleen Bonniol, lighting by Andrew Bridge, sound by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster.
"There are generations of people who keep saying, 'One of my main regrets in my life is that I never got to see him. I love him. I love his music'. Well, this is about as close as they are going to get." Nancy, Frank Sinatra's daughter.
"This show uses the wonders of technology to give us the man himself, digitally reconstituted. Several huge screens slide across or down, onto which are projected old film clips of Frank in performance, but so remastered and subtly coloured as to be images of real beauty. As Frank sings, the live band play and the cast dance in perfect synchronicity, directed with zest and flair by David Leveaux... This is technology in the service of entertainment, not vice versa, and it is an exhilarating moment... Until this evening, I had never really got the appeal of Sinatra... But Sinatra at The London Palladium was a revelation... it's satisfyingly loud and lively, big and brassy enough to make for a good night out." The Sunday Times
"Welcome back to the King Of Cool. Who else but Frank Sinatra could still be at his ring-a-ding-est best eight years after departing for the big cabaret room in the sky? Some critics hated this show because its star is dead and seen only on giant screens that glide around the stage. Barring a miracle, it's hard to imagine what else he could do. As it is, seeing Sinatra dead is the next best thing to seeing Sinatra live - especially as the on-stage 24-piece band backing the recorded vocals is a knockout. So are the 20 dancers putting fire into choreographer Stephen Mear's dynamic routines... So what's not to like? Well, there's gooey nonsense about Frank and President Jack Kennedy in an iffy narration - the singer's flirtation with the Mob is criminally absent - that's sanitised to the point of sainthood. Perhaps the co-operation of daughters Nancy and Tina had something to do with that. But with astonishing technology propelling the Voice Of The 20th Century into the 21st, David Leveaux's production will fly Frank fans to the moon." The Sun
"The big boast of Sinatra at The London Palladium is that it has nothing to do with impersonation but everything to do with creating the illusion of the real thing. Frank Sinatra is literally 'cut out' from film footage and then projected and magnified on the screens that appear from all angles... With a fabulous, live big band - twenty singers and dancers mark the passage of time in fantastic frocks and hairdos from the 40s when Frank started singing, through the fabulous 50s and into the swinging 60s." The Mail on Sunday
The producer of this show, James Sanna, said: "It all started with the Sinatra family being kind enough to let us go into their archives. We made an amazing discovery of material and the core of the show is a 35mm film Sinatra commissioned in the late Fifties. Frank paid for a 35mm camera to film him performing; he is singing virtually a cappella with only his piano player. We have used the latest in film and stage technologies to make those images really come to life. If you blink your eyes you will feel you are watching Sinatra actually performing. That is what we are setting out to achieve."
Sinatra in London at the Palladium previewed from 17 February 2006, opened on 8 March 2006, and closed on 16 September 2006.
Sinatra 100 - CANCELLED
Please note that this production, which had been due to play from 20 March to 25 April 2015, was cancelled.
Richard Shelton stars as Frank Sinatra in a special five week series of concerts being staged here at the world famous London Palladium in honour of Sinatra's 100th birthday. Sinatra impersonator Richard Shelton will duet with a rotating roster of West End performers and singers, stars who performed with Sinatra when he was alive. The Palladium was the location of Frank Sinatra’s UK stage debut in 1950. Guest line-up to be announced.
Directed and choreographed by Nick Winston, with sets by Steve Howell, costumes by Debbie Bennett, special effects by Richard Kenyon, lighting by Brian Dunn, and sound by Gary Dixon.
Sinatra 100 at the London Palladium from 20 March to 25 April 2015.
2015 Sinatra at the London Palladium
Previewed 10 July 2015, Opened 20 July 2015, Closed: 10 October 2015 at the London Palladium
A major multi-media tribute concert to Frank Sinatra in London
This major musical production is being staged to mark the centenary of Frank Sinatra's birth in December 1915. Featuring a company of 20 dancers and a 24-piece orchestra, this 'not-to-be-missed' show will include rare and original master recordings and never before seen performance footage combined with the latest cutting edge technology to celebrate the hugely successful career of one of the world’s greatest singers and entertainers. "My father first played the Palladium in July 1950," says Frank Sinatra Jr. "So it is fitting that the show will debut in this historic venue, as London was one of his favourite cities in the entire world." This live stage show is the only one to be endorsed by the Sinatra family.
This show will also feature interviews that Sinatra gave throughout his career alongside personal family films and photos along with all his greatest hits, including Come Fly With Me, Fly Me To The Moon, New York, New York and My Way - all staged at the world famous London Palladium where he made his London live concert debut in 1950.
Musical devised and written by Karl Sydow.
The cast featured Aaron James, Alistair Postlethwaite, Amy Hollins, Anabel Kutay, Ashley Nottingham, Aston Newman Hannington, Bryony Laura Whitfield, Charis O'Connor, Christopher Black, Faye Best, Francis Haugen, Gemma Whitelam, James Revell, Jamie Firth, Liam Paul Jennings, Lucy Banfield, Matt Holland, Niall Swords, Nicola Coates, and Rachel Ensor.
Directed by David Gilmore, with choreography by Glenn Wilkinson and Jacquie Biggs, sets by Ray Winkler, projections by Leo Warner, costumes by Laura Hopkins, lighting by Patrick Woodroffe and Adam Bassett, music by Gareth Valentine, Don Sebesky and David Pierce, and sound by Dan Samson.
When this production here in July 2015, Ed Potton in the Times commented that, "sixty-five years to the day since he first played the Palladium, Sinatra returned to this grand old theatre in a hi-tech extravaganza that features concert footage of him singing, projected on to a series of moving screens by the Tony-winning video maestro Leo Warner and backed up by an excellent orchestra and 20 ebullient dancers. Slightly ghoulish, yes, but also slick and wholeheartedly entertaining." Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard described it as being a "lavish tribute show", highlighting that the "extravagant packaging is the hallmark of this glitzy evening. David Gilmore’s production is slick and has a heady sense of spectacle... the main things missing from this finely engineered multimedia show are a deep emotional charge and a proper appreciation of Sinatra’s complex brand of charisma." Neil McCormick in the Daily Telegraph wrote that "Sinatra's voice was sometimes a bit thin in the mix, the vocal tracks recaptured from filmed performances lacking the luscious depth of the live musical backing. But the tone, phrasing, personality and emotion that make him a giant of 20th-century music was absolutely undeniable." Michael Hann in the Guardian said that "to hear a big band belting out the arrangements of Nelson Riddle, Axel Stordahl, Gordon Jenkins et al is a thrill, and a reminder that before rock'n'roll, pop was sophisticated stuff." Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail highlighted that "there is a rooty-tooty big band and a plush set. The videos of Sinatra through the ages are skilfully presented. And who can quibble with that voice? The shots of Frank singing are engaging, too."
"Building a tribute show around video clips of the Chairman of the Board isn't necessarily a bad idea, and the technology has certainly improved since this multimedia spectacle first came to town a decade ago. Overall, though, it's still an oddly anticlimactic experience. The 24-piece band can't be faulted... but David Gilmore's production is constructed around a bland chronological narrative and lacklustre choreography for the troupe of dancers who must fill the stage. Sinatra himself floats overhead, pomp, voiceover up, singing the hits and supplying voiceover reminiscences that, inevitably, skate over his more dubious escapades." The Sunday Times
"In Sinatra, which must be the ultimate jukebox musical, digitally enhanced clips of the singer are played to the backing of a 25 piece orchestra... An inventive video design apart, Sinatra is fundamentally misconceived. With its variety show setting, cruise ship choreography and hagiographic commentary, its natural home is on BBC4, not the West End stage." The Sunday Express
Sinatra in London at the Palladium previewed from 10 July 2015, opened on 20 July 2015, and closed on 10 October 2015.