Frank Sinatra to Get Stage Bio-Musical Treatment
Targeted for a 2018 London opening, the show will feature songs from Ol' Blue Eyes' hit catalogue to chart the singer-actor's life and career.
Frank Sinatra will be the subject of a new stage musical that will dip extensively into the singer's more than 1,400 recorded tracks to trace the life and career of one of the 20th century's most enduringly popular American vocalists.
The U.K.-based live entertainment company Ambassador Theatre Group, which controls venues in Britain, the U.S. and Australia, is spearheading development of the project in partnership with producer Stewart Till and Frank Sinatra Enterprises.
While few details are available at this stage, the untitled show is targeting a 2018 opening in London, with a writer expected to be attached soon.
The show will cover Sinatra's life from his humble beginnings as the only child of an Italian-American family in New Jersey through his rise to stardom, selling more than 150 million records. It will touch on his movie career, his Rat Pack days with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., and his colorful personal life, counting a number of U.S. presidents among his friends and world-famous beauties among his romances.
Sinatra's vocals provided the foundations for Twyla Tharp's dance-based musical Come Fly Away, which had a six-month run on Broadway in 2010. The late singer was also the subject of a multimedia stage show called Sinatra: The Man & His Music, which had a brief run in 2015 at the London Palladium.