Photo Flash: Production Photos Released for SINATRA: THE MAIN EVENT, Now Through Sept 6
Frank's back! 40th anniversary of Sinatra: The Main Event to be celebrated in the UK by Richard Shelton and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Check below for photos from the production!
Sinatra: The Main Event was billed as the biggest comeback in showbusiness history - now the 40th anniversary is to be marked in the UK with a stunning recreation of The Main Event, exactly as it happened at New York's Madison Square Garden on October 13, 1974.
Sinatra: The Main Event will star one of the world's finest Sinatra interpreters, West End and Hollywood star Richard Shelton, and the world famous Syd Lawrence Orchestra - voted the 'Best Big Band in the Land' for the 12th consecutive year.
Sinatra: The Main Event, produced by The Ministry of Entertainment in association with Stageworks Worldwide Productions, will open on Independence Day, Friday 4 July, for a summer season at the 850-seat Globe Theatre at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It plays every Friday andSaturday until Saturday 6 September.
It will then be staged in London on Friday October 10 at the Cadogan Hall with special West End & Broadway guest stars Caroline O'Connor and Louise Dearman.
Richard Shelton performed as Frank Sinatra in the West End in Rat Pack Confidential, a performance that saw him nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards.
Frank Sinatra actually appeared twice in concert in the northern seaside mecca of Blackpool. In July 1950, with his career on the wane in the US, he became Blackpool's highest ever, paid performer at a princely £2,000 a show at the Opera House. "You know I could be mayor of this town!" he told his local chauffeur Frank Lucas, as he was mobbed by hundreds of excitable fans cheering, clapping, jumping up and down and banging on the car's windows on his arrival at the theatre. "They love me this town, don't they?" He returned for two further performances there in 1953.
Richard Shelton performed as Frank Sinatra in the West End in Rat Pack Confidential, a performance that saw him nominated Best Actorin a Leading Role in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards. He has also performed in front of the Royal Family at Windsor and Prince Albert in Monaco. He was twice personally chosen by Elton John to appear at his famous annual White Tie and Tiara Ball. Shelton, a British actor now resident in Los Angeles, recently recorded a new album, An Englishman in Love in LA, in FrankSinatra's actual studio at Capitol Records in Hollywood, backed by some of the remaining Sinatra musicians. He also performed asSinatra in LA with Hollywood star Jeff Goldblum accompanying him on the piano.
Richard Shelton says, "Frank Sinatra continues to play an important part of my career and I'm very excited to bring to life the previously undiscovered treasure of his comeback tour. By evoking his spirit with the superb Syd Lawrence Orchestra, it's a chance to experience what it might have been like to spend an evening with arguably the greatest entertainer of all time and to listen to and be moved by some of the greatest hits of his career."
The Ministry of Entertainment co-director Anthony Blackburn said: "We are delighted to be working with Stageworks Worldwide Productions to bring Richard Shelton's masterly portrayal of the great man back to Blackpool and the Globe Theatre for the summer season - this the right show in the right theatre in the right town!"
Amanda Thompson, MBE, Managing Director of Blackool Pleasure Beach, said: "We are delighted to add SINATRA: The Main Event to the list of shows here at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during our summer season.
"The attraction has always been the place to come and see the cream of entertainment in the UK during the summer and 2014 will be no different. Frank Sinatra's legacy has stood the test of time and I know this show will be a must-see for everyone."
Sinatra: The Main Event
THE GLOBE THEATRE
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Box Office: 0871 222 9090
Friday 4 July - Saturday 6 September
Fridays and Saturdays at 6.00pm and 8.30pm
Press night: Friday 4 July at 8.30pm
Extra bank holiday shows:
Sunday 24 August at 6.00pm and 8.30pm
Monday 25 August at 6.00pm and 8.30pm
Tickets: £21.00, £15.00 children (under 16) and concessions, £30.00: VIP arena table seats close to the stage, £50.00 Family Ticket (must include 2 Adults and 1 child up to a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children), £15.00 Coach Parties 20 or more (6.00pm only), £18.00 Coach Parties 20 or more (8.30pm only), £15.00 Wrist?Band Offer
Group bookings buy 10 get 1 free
Photo Credit: Richard Barlow