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Twyla Tharp taking Sinatra musical to Las Vegas

October 19, 2010 |  5:34 pm

Fly First it was called "Come Fly With Me." Then it changed to "Come Fly Away." Its latest title is "Sinatra Dance with Me."

Whatever its name, Twyla Tharp's musical-dance celebration of Frank Sinatra is intended to be a high-energy crowd pleaser for fans of Old Blue Eyes. Its latest incarnation is set to open at the Wynn Las Vegas on Dec. 11 for a limited run through Jan. 29.

A spokeswoman for Wynn Las Vegas said that "Sinatra Dance With Me" is a shortened version of the Broadway production "Come Fly Away," which opened in March at the Marquis Theatre and closed in September. The total running time is expected to be 80 minutes without intermission, versus the Broadway running time of about two hours with an intermission.

The Vegas version is expected to be "very similar" in content to the Broadway production, said the spokeswoman. In addition, Tharp has added new moments for the Vegas version, which will be staged at the resort's Encore Theater.

The spokeswoman said the latest title change for the show is intended to help distinguish the Vegas version from the one that ran on Broadway.

The musical had its world premiere in Atlanta at the Alliance Theatre in 2009 under the title "Come Fly With Me." The show, choreographed and directed by Tharp, features dancers performing to the vocals of Sinatra and accompanied by a live band. The Broadway version was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Tharp's choreography.

Performances in Vegas will take place  7:30 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays through Jan. 29. The resort said that it will be selling approximately 1,000 tickets for each performance.

-- David Ng

Photo: a scene from the Atlanta production of "Come Fly With Me" in 2009. Credit: Greg Mooney

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