The Performing Arts Company of Sun City Center is greeting 2014 with a big name – Sinatra. Long before Elvis, Barbara, and Bette, Frank Sinatra made the one-name marquee a standard for fame and excellence.
The PAC is taking a deeper look into the man and his music in an effort to pose the question, “Did the man make the music, or did the music make the man?” Its upcoming production of “Sinatra” is a musical review that doesn’t answer the question but goes a long way to inform. Known for home-grown musical comedy, this Rollins Theater main-stage production of “Sinatra” pulls in a solid cast of regulars and some new performers as well.
The musical and dance revue weaves a biographical story line and carefully selected song list into an entertaining evening of theater. This is not a “sound-a-like” tribute but an interpretation of the songs Frank Sinatra elevated to the level of classic. While not a full “box set” of his songs, “Sinatra” offers 25 iconic favorites.
Lew Resseguie heads up an ensemble cast featuring Michael Boyer, Alex Council, Teri Council, Ellen Kleinschmidt, Michael Peacock and Dan Tackitt. Special dance performances by Alejandro Estrada and Kristen Zemina are choreographed by Octavio Martin, the director of the Brandon Ballet.
The Rollins Theater is at 970 Cherry Hills Drive in Sun City Center. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and 7:30 Jan. 9-11 and 16-18. There will also be a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Jan. 18. Tickets are $12 and available at the SCC Atrium kiosk Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon with cash or check or with a credit card by calling the box office at (813) 400-7803.
The Jan. 8 performance will feature a limited seating, opening night gala where the cast will be available to chat with audience members after the show. There will be champagne, a fine selection of Italian desserts and stimulating conversation about Sinatra. Tickets for this exclusive event are $25. Suggested dress for the evening is elegant casual. Resseguie will be available to autograph copies of his book, “The End of the Tunnel.”
For further information go to www.performingartsco-scc.org.
Dee Lane is a freelance writer and arts aficionado who can be reached at [email protected]