September 18, 2009 |
When Frank Sinatra fans play his music, classic songs like "Summer Wind," "Fly Me to the Moon" and "One for My Baby" will likely trigger strong emotions and memories. But when Twyla Tharp sifts through his catalog, it conjures up an entire world. Who was she when she first heard these songs, compared with the woman she is today? Why do they remind her of so many couples she's known? And what is the essence of Ol' Blue Eyes' music beyond the thrill of an unforgettable vocal? Tharp, one of the dance world's most respected choreographers and directors, set out to answer these questions in her newest musical, "Come Fly With Me," based on Sinatra's songs, which began previews this week at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre.
August 12, 2009 |
Producers of a new stage musical set to the original vocals of Frank Sinatra said "Come Fly With Me" will run from Sept. 23 through Oct. 11 at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta and then will tour nationally next year. Directed by Tony-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp, "Come Fly With Me" will feature original recorded masters of Sinatra's voice accompanied by a 17-piece onstage band. The music will comprise Sinatra staples and songs from the Great American Songbook, among them "Let's Fall in Love," "Witchcraft," "Summer Wind," "Body and Soul," "That's Life," "Nice 'n' Easy" and, of course, "My Way."
December 8, 2008 |
Barbra Streisand, a vocal critic of President Bush, visited the White House this weekend but kept the gloves on. The Brooklyn-born diva was one of six performing artists celebrated at this year's Kennedy Center Honors, one of the most prestigious awards in the arts.
August 8, 2008 |
Choreographer Twyla Tharp and American Ballet Theatre have had a mutually advantageous relationship for 20 years now, a good long run in a fickle world. The once-iconoclastic Tharp alighted at ABT as an artistic associate in the late 1980s. She then ditched her fabulous modern dance company and has been on a roller coaster career ever since, zinging from Broadway musicals to movies, back to modern dance and then again to ballet.
May 1, 2008 |
The West Coast premiere of a Twyla Tharp collaboration with rock star composer Elvis Costello, "Nightspot," and the return of the Kirov Ballet will highlight the 2008-09 "Dance at the Music Center" series. "Nightspot," to be danced by Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, will open the season Oct. 24. The work is the most recent creation by the innovative choreographer, whose Broadway hit "Movin' Out" was set to music by rocker Billy Joel.
March 25, 2008 |
When San Diego's Old Globe announced last week that its co-artistic director Jerry Patch had accepted a position as director of artistic development at Manhattan Theatre Club, few may have registered the extent of the theatrical loss to Southern California. For those on alert, the news also carried a faint yet detectable signal of what may be the most insidious problem facing American theater today -- the subtle and not-so-subtle blurring of commercial and nonprofit realms. The issue boils down to procedures, values and, most important, who's in control.