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The spirit and songs of Sinatra live on
through cutting edge choreography

"Come Fly Away"
Bank of America Theatree
Chicago, IL
January 11, 2012
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Story by Andy Argyrakis
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The latest musical from internationally renown chorographer Twyla Tharp continues in her tradition of blending cutting edge dance routines with the music of yet another legend. Following in the footsteps of her previous subjects Billy Joel ("Movin' Out") and Bob Dylan ("The Times They Are a-Changin'") was none other than Frank Sinatra, whose music and original vocals took center stage in "Come Fly Away," all while being accompanied by a live big band.

Though the horn-heavy ensemble brought new luster to classics like "Stardust," "Luck Be a Lady" and "Fly Me To the Moon," it was the 14 dancers that lit the night on fire thanks to their dazzling dance steps and seductive pageantry. Granted, it was probably a little more risque than "The Chairman of the Board" would've normally sung in front of, but the sass helped translate his timeless tunes to younger generations.

The storyline was something audiences of varying ages could certainly relate to, chronicling a series of couples sharing their first dances, first kisses, first nights together and what presumably became ongoing romances. Despite the plot being a little thin, the music moved in perfect step with the moods, from the footloose and fancy free "You Make Me Feel So Young" and "Witchcraft," to the self-explanatory "Makin' Whoopee" and "Teach Me Tonight."

One of the most tender-hearted moments came towards the end of the short but sweet 80-minute evening as "The Way You Look Tonight" was blended beautifully with "My Funny Valentine." It was the perfect way to end the framework of courtship, though an encore segment put the focus back on Ol' Blue Eyes for full cast collaborations across "My Way" and "New York, New York" (kick line and all). As a result, "Come Fly Away" is the ideal experience for both dance enthusiasts and Sinatra fans alike, blending the best of both worlds with plenty of class and brass.

"Come Fly Away" continues at the Bank of America Theatre through January 22. For additional details, visit or

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