Dazzling Frank Sinatra international hit show to tour Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and East London in March 2019.
Frank Sinatra, one of music’s great icons, is all set to ignite the South African stage in 2019 in a dazzling big band international show, SINATRA AND ME, featuring celebrated British performer, Richard Shelton who has been described as “one of the world’s finest Sinatra interpreters”. Shelton is anaward-winning actor and singer and his show comes directly from the West End and Los Angeles. He will be accompanied on stage by Adam Howard’s 17-piece Joburg Big Band.
“I’m very excited to be making my first visit to South Africa,” he says, “and being in the position to combine my two passions, travel and the music of Frank Sinatra and a big band. It is the perfect way to make what I hope will be the first of many visits.”
Talking about the show, Shelton says: “The show focuses on the wonderful music of Sinatra with hits including ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, ‘It Was a Very Good Year’ and ‘One For My Baby,’ as well as lesser known hits, including a very intimate rendition of ‘My Foolish Heart’.
“Naturally, my biggest influence is the music of Frank Sinatra but also vocal stylings from singers including Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett. Musically, I’m influenced by the greats including Oscar Peterson, Count Basie but also by a lot of classical music. I’m drawn to musical arrangements that allow the lyrics to flow. For me, the lyrics come first. You have to be able to tell a story first and foremost. That’s not to discredit the music, but unless there’s space to make the lyrics really mean something for the audience, you have nothing.”
Shelton received a ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ award for his performance as Frank Sinatra in Rat Pack Confidential. Now South African audiences will get an opportunity to see him recreate the many magical moments in Sinatra’s musical career.
Hear the world’s greatest Sinatra interpreter sing the coolest Sinatra songs – an unforgettable night of song and storytelling.
Dates: 12 – 17 March
Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
Ticket prices: R200
Venue: Rockwood Theatre
Booking: www.rockwoodtheatre.co.za/durban or firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 20 March
Venue: Atterbury Theatre
Dates: 21 – 24 March
Time: Thursday and Sunday at 3pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Ticket prices: From R150 to R400
Venue: Joburg Theatre (The Mandela)
Date: 27 March
Venue: Guild Theatre
Dates: 29 March
Venue: Boardwalk Casino
Date: 30 March
Venue: Paul Cluver