being Frank About Sinatra **** (4 stars)
Written and performed by Tony Delicata of Italian descent we would expect he would know about the Mafia, the Mob and even the Sinatra connections. It turns out he does, and this unique show is both informative and entertaining. Tony has been associated with a few Sinatra Fringe shows of course beginning with his Sinatra: The Final Curtain sell out production in 2013 & 2014 then Dean Martin Christmas Show (featuring Frank) for two years after that.
Being Frank About Sinatra is very different to these though being a solo show for starters and peppered throughout with songs and visuals. This is the Sinatra story from the dark side revealing something for everyone even the diehard fans and there are many. For occasional fans though this will be all new of course and rarely discussed and so a lot of preparation has gone before this show takes to the stage. The songs are great too and who could not like Nice N’ Easy, (Theme From) New York New York or even a new arrangement of My Way.
Delicata examines the movie years too with a memorable collage on screen, his beginnings in Hoboken NJ and his final years whereby I witnessed a few tears in the audience. The main story though is how the Mob played a part in the Sinatra career from the Dorsey years, the casino years and the Kennedy era. This show can go further and after all the Best Is Yet To Come.
Paradise in the Vault till Aug 25 19:50