Tharp's Sinatra-Kissed Musical Come Fly Away Arrives on Broadway March 1
|Come Fly With Me stars Rika Okamoto and Matthew Stockwell Dibble
|Photo by Ruven Alfanador|
After an acclaimed premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta last fall, the new Twyla Tharp musical – an evening of dance set to the signature songs and voice of Frank Sinatra – begins Broadway previews at the Marquis Theatre March 1.
With the blessing of Frank Sinatra Enterprises and the Sinatra family, Come Fly Away features original masters of Sinatra's voice, which are backed by a live on-stage band. The show includes original arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Quincy Jones, as well as newly created arrangements for the production. The musical officially opens March 25.
Tharp previously delivered the Tony-winning Broadway musical Movin' Out (featuring the music of Billy Joel) and the short-lived production of The Times They Are A Changin' (with the music of Bob Dylan). Come Fly Away premiered in Atlanta under the title Come Fly With Me.
Come Fly Away features several Movin' Out veterans including Tony nominees Keith Roberts and John Selya. Both Selya and Roberts appeared in the Atlanta premiere.
Also returning for the Broadway production are Atlanta principal dancers Alexander Brady, Rika Okamoto, Karine Plantadit, Matthew Dibble, Holley Farmer, Laura Mead and Charlie Neshyba-Hodges.The Come Fly Away ensemble includes Kristine Bendul, Colin Bradbury, Alexander Brady, Todd Burnsed, Jeremy Cox, Carolyn Doherty, Amanda Edge, Cody Green, Heather Hamilton, Laurie Kanyok, Meredith Miles, Marielys Molina, Eric Otto, Justin Peck, Joel Prouty, Ashley Tuttle and Ron Todorowski.
Come Fly Away, according to press notes, "follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a live on stage 19-piece big band and 15 of the world’s finest dancers, Come Fly Away weaves an unparalleled hit parade of classics, including 'Fly Me To The Moon, ' 'My Way' and 'That's Life' into a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction."
The Come Fly Away creative team includes set designer James Youmans, lighting designer Donald Holder, costume designer Katherine Roth, as well as music supervisor Patrick Vacciarello (assuming duties for the late Sam Lutfiyya), sound designer Peter McBoyle and orchestrators Dave Pierce and Don Sebesky.