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That's Life - The Frank Sinatra Story

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Hear the songs that made Ol' Blue Eyes a legend in new show
Ol' Blue Eyes is back! Well, at least a show dedicated to the life and music of singing legend Frank Sinatra is heading for the live stage. The show, entitled That's Life: The Frank Sinatra Story, celebrates the life and music of the legendary performer, who was a founder member of the infamous 'Rat Pack'. 'That's Life', which visits the Lichfield Garrick theatre on Saturday 28 October, has been timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the release of Sinatra's 'Come Fly With Me', as well as his acting performance in High Society alongside co-star Grace Kelly.

That's Life: The Frank Sinatra Story
Frank Cognoscenti as 'ol blue eyes' in 'That's Life: The Frank Sinatra Story

This one of a kind theatre show commemorates the incredible life and music of Frank Sinatra, taking the audience through the many ups and downs that made him the historic musical figure that he is today - from big band singer to international superstar and now, long after his death in 1998 at the age of 82, an icon. 'That's Life' creator and co-producer Frank Cognoscenti performs Sinatra's impressive songbook, from 'My Way' and 'New York, New York' to 'Strangers in the Night', whilst exploring his famous life story. Frank has been performing the songs of Sinatra for more than 15 years, during which he also appeared on national television in the UK.

Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra in his heyday in 1957. By Columbia Pictures Corporation, Public Domain,

Frank Cognoscenti says of 'That's Life: The Frank Sinatra Story': "I felt it was time to create a show that was dedicated to the man himself. As a true fan, this is a dream come true for me to be able to create a show which combines Sinatra's full and incredible life story, with 40 handpicked masterpieces from his impressive songbook. We have worked hard to recreate the exact sound of the original arrangements using a full orchestra for our studio recordings, as well as using the original recordings and concert performances as reference and inspiration. I want the audience to enjoy and sing along to the classics, as well as hear some rarely performed gems. We want people to go away having seen the great details of Sinatra's challenging but incredible life. This is quite a large-scale production, with an incredible amount of thought and hard work, out of love and respect for Sinatra. This is like no other Sinatra show that has toured before."

Lichfield Garrick
The Lichfield Garrick theatre

As well as the music, 'That's Life' also aims to recreate many important points in Sinatra's life and career, such as The Frank Sinatra Show in 1952 with Louis Armstrong, The Royal Festival Hall concerts in 1962 and 1970, the Live at the Sands concert in Las Vegas in 1965, and The Sinatra & Jobim TV Special in 1967. 'That's Life: The Frank Sinatra Story' will be at the Lichfield Garrick on Saturday 28th October at 7.30pm. Tickets costing 21 are available online or by calling the theatre box office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Hear The Fabulous Back Catalogue Of 'Ol' Blue Eyes'
When: Saturday 28 October 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets 21
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