February 16, 2008
Frank Sinatra is said to have created eras. His career, which spanned 50 years, touched countless lives and his work will never be forgotten. The Indianapolis Civic Theatre's current show, "My Way" pays tribute to “Old Blue Eyes'” entire catalogue of work. There are songs from Sinatra's Rat Pack days, Broadway tunes, films and more.
The talented cast, which includes, Troy Johnson, Tobin Strader, Annette “Missie” Hirsch and Katy Gentry, each have a chance to shine during the show. Hirsch is best when crooning her velvety version of "My Funny Valentine" and "All the Way." Strader excelled at embracing Sinatra's smooth side with numbers like "That's Life" and "Summer Wind."
Johnson was playful and endearing when performing "Chicago" and singing duets with Gentry, who's sultry voice came alive when she sang "I Love Paris" and "The Best is Yet to Come."
The songs were chosen to suit the individuals' strengths, but the performers also do a wonderful job as an ensemble. They act like they are truly enjoying themselves on stage, which makes the show fun to watch.
Sinatra is universally recognized as an icon and this production, under the direction of Cynthia Collins, does a wonderful job honoring his memory and celebrating his work. Whether you are a die hard fan or new to his work, the show is the perfect way to enjoy his music.
Don't Miss the Show
Performances: Performances begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show continues until Feb. 10. The Indianapolis Civic Theatre is located at 3200 Cold Spring Road. on the Marian College campus.
Tickets: Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased by calling (317) 923-4597 or visiting www.civictheatre.com.
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