Twyla Tharp's Frank Sinatra-fueled 'Come Fly Away' confirms Broadway date
Confirming rumors of a Broadway engagement, producers of "Come Fly Away" -- a new musical using the vocals of Frank Sinatra -- said today that the show will open March 25 at the Marquis Theatre in New York.
Directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp, the musical tells the story of four couples and the various romantic permutations they assume during an evening at a crowded nightclub. The production uses vocal recordings featuring Sinatra, as well as a live 19-piece big band on stage.
Songs included in the musical are “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way” and “That’s Life.”
The musical had its world premiere in September at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta under a slightly different title: "Come Fly With Me."
A spokesperson for the Broadway production said no official reason has been given for the change in title.
At the time of the Atlanta world premiere, producers were planning on taking the show on a national tour in the summer of 2010. But their plans have clearly changed. There is no official word if the production will eventually travel to other cities.
"Come Fly Away" will begin previews on Broadway on March 1. There is no word on casting yet.
Tharp has previously adapted the music of Sinatra for the stage in the productions "Once More Frank," "Nine Sinatra Songs" and "Sinatra Suite."
-- David Ng
Photo: Frank Sinatra, with his wife Nancy, in a 1946 photograph. Credit: Los Angeles Times