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COME FLY AWAY National Tour Cast Announced

Date: 07/12/2011

Dancap Productions Inc. presents

COME FLY AWAY

Conceived, Choreographed and Directed by

TWYLA THARP

Vocals by

FRANK SINATRA

 

(July 12, 2011)  The second stop of a national Broadway tour, COME FLY AWAY, conceived, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, will make it’s Canadian premiere at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, as part of Dancap Productions’ 2011 series.

 

Conceived, choreographed, and directed by Tony Award®-winner Twyla Tharp (Movin’ Out) and by special arrangement with the Frank Sinatra Family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, COME FLY AWAY follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub.  Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a live on-stage big band and 14 of the world’s finest dancers, COME FLY AWAY weaves an unparalleled hit parade of classics, including “Fly Me To The Moon,” “My Way,” and “That’s Life,” into a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction. 

 

“The opportunity to listen to a live, on-stage, 14-piece band, accompanied by master recordings of Frank Sinatra’s vocals is worth the price of the ticket alone!” says Aubrey Dan, President of Dancap Productions Inc.  “The cherry on top is this cast of the world’s sexiest and most accomplished dancers.”

 

COME FLY AWAY, which premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA in September 2009 and opened on Broadway in March 2010, is the next and most elaborate chapter in one of the most fruitful collaborations in contemporary dance.  Twyla Tharp’s creative relationship with the music of Frank Sinatra began in 1976 with the premiere of Once More Frank, a duet created for the American Ballet Theatre, performed by Ms. Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  The collaboration continued with Nine Sinatra Songs, Ms. Tharp’s acclaimed piece for fourteen dancers, which had its world premiere with Twyla Tharp Dance in 1982, and was followed by Sinatra Suite, a duet featuring Mr. Baryshnikov and Elaine Kudo, which had its world premiere in 1984 with American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center.   Mr. Sinatra requested that Sinatra Suite be performed when he received his Kennedy Center Honors Award, citing it as one of the purest expressions of his body of work.

 

Charles Isherwood of The New York Times calls COME FLY AWAY, “SPECTACULAR and DAZZLING!  This is a MAJOR new work, with a stage full of BRILLIANT performers.  Twyla Tharp’s ELECTRIFYING celebration of the music of Frank Sinatra will sweep you up in a complete spell.”  Linda Winer of Newsday calls the show “A DANGEROUSLY GORGEOUS DANCE ADVENTURE,” while Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press calls the show “ASTONISHING -- A love letter to romance, not to mention the man and his music, with eight MARVELOUS leads and an orchestra of STERLING musicians.”  And Richard Zoglin of Time Magazine states simply, “COME FLY AWAY delivers the PUREST JOLT OF PLEASURE to be found on a Broadway stage.”

 

Direct from the original Broadway cast of COME FLY AWAY and the Las Vegas production of Sinatra Dance With Me are principal dancers Matthew Stockwell Dibble, Cody Green, Laurie Kanyok, Marielys Molina, John Selya and Ron Todorowski.

 

Also starring in the tour as principals will be Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Martin Harvey, Ramona Kelley and Christopher Vo.  

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The ensemble includes Anthony Burrell, Mallauri Esquibel, Marina Lazzaretto, Meredith Miles, Marceea Moreno, Candy Olsen, Julius Anthony Rubio, Amy Ruggiero, Justin Urso, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Michael Williams.

 

Matthew Stockwell Dibble (Chanos) trained at the Royal Ballet School and has worked with Twyla Tharp Dance since 2002 - he starred in the first national tour of Movin’ Out as “James.”  Ashley Blair Fitzgerald (Kate) most recently appeared in the New York Philharmonic’s production of Company.  Her touring credits include Dirty Dancing and Fosse. Cody Green (Sid), from B.C., Canada, was the original “Riff” in the recent Broadway production of West Side Story.  He starred as “Eddie” in the first national tour and London production of Movin’ Out and was the winner of Bravo TV’s Step It Up & DanceMartin Harvey (Hank) appeared with the Royal Ballet from 1996 – 2008, dancing many principal roles.  He most recently appeared as Johnny Castle in the West End production of Dirty DancingLaurie Kanyok (Babe) starred in the first national tour of Movin’ Out as “Brenda.”  Her other Broadway credits include Fosse and Saturday Night FeverRamona Kelley (Betsy) trained at Berkeley Ballet Theatre. She has performed with Sidra Bell Dance and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance.  Marielys Molina (Slim) appeared on Broadway in Sweet Charity and in the first national tour of Swing! She was an ESPN World Salsa Champion in 2005 and 2007.  John Selya (Resident Director/Alternate Sid) received a Tony Award nomination, Astaire Award and Theater World Award for his portrayal of “Eddie” in the original Broadway production of Movin’ Out.  He was a dancer and choreographer for American Ballet Theatre from 1988 – 1999.  Ron Todorowski (Marty/Chanos) received a Helen Hayes Award for his portrayal of “Eddie” in the first national tour of Movin’ Out.  His Broadway credits include Wicked and The Times They Are A-Changin’Christopher Vo (Marty) is a Princess Grace Award recipient and was a member of Lar Lubovitch Dance Company from 2008-2011.

 

The show’s score combines classic and newly discovered vocal performances from the Sinatra archives, along with Sinatra’s signature arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Quincy Jones, among others, and brand new charts, for this fresh innovative musical. 

 

COME FLY AWAY features scenic design by James Youmans, costume design by Katherine Roth, lighting design by Donald Holder, and sound design by Peter McBoyle.  Additional arrangements and orchestrations and music supervision are by Dave Pierce.

 

COME FLY AWAY is produced on tour by Nederlander Presentations, Inc., by special arrangement with the Frank Sinatra Family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises.

 

Launched in 2007 by Aubrey Dan, DANCAP PRODUCTIONS INC. is a Tony Award®-winning commercial theatre company based in Toronto, and dedicated to producing and presenting the very Best of Broadway-style theatre created in collaboration with acclaimed artists and award-winning creative teams. Current Broadway shows with producing and investment credits include: The Addams Family, Memphis and Jersey Boys. International and past Broadway credits include: Ghost the Musical, Wicked, Come Fly Away, Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, [Title of Show], Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, West Side Story, A Little Night Music, In The Heights and Jersey Boys: the First National Tour including cities in western Canada in 2012, productions in Las Vegas, the West End, Sydney and the recent record-breaking run in Toronto. www.DancapTickets.com

 

Dancap Productions Inc. presents

COME FLY AWAY

Conceived, Choreographed and Directed by Twyla Tharp

Vocals by Frank Sinatra

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West Toronto, ON M5H 4G1

August 16 – 28, 2011 • Opening Night: Thursday, August 18 @ 7:30pm

Tuesday – Saturday @ 7:30pm, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday @ 2pm

Ticket prices range from $42 - $135; Front Orchestra Premium seating is also available, and can be purchased at www.DancapTickets.com or by calling 416.644.3665 or toll-free 1.866.950.7469

For groups of twelve or more, call 416.644.3666 or toll free at 1.866.960.7469

Official show site: www.comeflyaway.com.

 

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Media downloads: http://www.dancaptickets.com/mediaroom_shows/view/15

BIOGRAPHIES

 

One of the most accomplished and versatile artists working today, TWYLA THARP has created groundbreaking work in ballet, modern dance and on Broadway, in addition to her successes in film and television.  She is also the author of three books. Since graduating from Barnard College in 1963, Ms. Tharp has choreographed more than 135 dances, five Hollywood movies and directed and choreographed four Broadway shows.  She received one Tony Award®, two Emmy Awards, 19 honorary doctorates, the Vietnam Veterans of America President’s Award, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts, the 2008 Jerome Robbins Prize, and a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor.  Her many grants include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship.  She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  In 1965, Ms. Tharp founded her dance company Twyla Tharp Dance.  In addition to choreographing for her own company, she has created dances for the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Miami City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.  Ms. Tharp’s work first appeared on Broadway in 1980 with When We Were Very Young, followed in 1981 by her collaboration with David Byrne on The Catherine Wheel at the Winter Garden.  Her 1985 production of Singin’ in the Rain played at the Gershwin and was followed by an extensive national tour.  In 2002, Ms. Tharp’s award-winning dance musical Movin’ Out, set to the music and lyrics of Billy Joel, premiered at the Richard Rodgers, where it ran for three years.  A national tour opened in 2004 and also ran for three years. For Movin’ Out Ms. Tharp received the 2003 Tony Award®, the 2003 Astaire Award, the Drama League Award for Sustained Achievement in Musical Theatre and both the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreography.  For the London production Ms. Tharp won the Best Choreography (Musical Theatre) Award of the UK’s Critics Circle National Dance Awards 2006.  In 2006 Ms. Tharp worked with Bob Dylan’s music and lyrics to create The Times They Are A-Changin’ which played at the Brooks Atkinson.  In film, Ms. Tharp has collaborated with director Milos Forman on Hair in 1978, Ragtime in 1980 and Amadeus in 1984; with Taylor Hackford on White Nights in 1985; and with James Brooks on I’ll Do Anything in 1994.  Her television credits include choreographing Sue’s Leg for the inaugural episode of PBS’ “Dance in America;” co-producing and directing “Making Television Dance,” which won the Chicago International Film Festival Award; and directing “The Catherine Wheel” for BBC Television.  Ms. Tharp co-directed the television special “Baryshnikov by Tharp,” which won two Emmy Awards as well as the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Director Achievement.  In 1992, Ms. Tharp wrote her autobiography, Push Comes to Shove.  In 2003 she wrote The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life and in 2009, The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together, both of which were published by Simon and Schuster. Today Ms. Tharp continues to create.

 

FRANK SINATRA is one of the world’s most recognizable, admired and influential artists of all time, with a vast catalogue of music that is a soundtrack for our lives.  Long acclaimed as the world’s greatest performer of popular music, he is the artist who set the standard for all others to follow.  More than a singer, he was an actor, recording artist, nightclub and concert star, radio and television personality and, on occasion, producer, director and conductor.  A beloved entertainer for six decades, Sinatra earned three Oscars, three Golden Globes (including the Cecil B. DeMille Award), ten personal Grammys (and a total of 20 for his albums), an Emmy, a Peabody and the Kennedy Center Honors Award.  A generous charitable contributor, he was honored with the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  In addition, Sinatra was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor and the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest civilian award.  Besides recording nearly 1,500 songs, he starred in some 60 motion pictures.  Frank Sinatra has been called the most popular entertainer of the 20th century. His popularity and legions of fans around the world span all ages and demographic groups.