Before 1,733 audience members, accompanied by a 32-piece orchestra, approximately 20 timeless hits are revived by one man to bring you “Frank – The Man. The Music.”
The musical masterpiece created by Stephen Eich (Producer), Vince Falcone ( Musical Director and 10-year musical director to Frank Sinatra), and the show’s star, expert impressionist Bob Anderson, this production tours viewers through various stages of Frank Sinatra’s singing career; in the recording studio, during personal appearances and on television specials.
“I really want to make this very clear that this show is a theatrical production and it has no resemblance whatsoever to a Rat Pack show,” Anderson explained. “It’s really just a, it’s a fun evening, Sinatra’s in a great mood, he loves his orchestra, he’s going to tell you some stories, sing some songs and reminisce a little about his career.”
Dedicating more than two and a half years to mastering Sinatra’s persona, Anderson doesn’t simply resemble the icon, but for the show’s 90 minutes, he fully embodies the singer’s character.
Having worked for nearly a decade with Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Falcone notes of Anderson that, “I can tell you this without a shadow of a doubt, this man is as close as you can come, as close as you can come, to the greatness of Mr. Sinatra.”
But it’s not merely the fact that Anderson’s croon is identical to Sinatra’s, his suit is seemingly pulled from the legend’s wardrobe, or that he plays with the golden microphone’s cable with mannerisms one and the same to his subjects’, but finalizing the impersonation is the 2-hours worth of transformative makeup by Oscar-nominated makeup artist Kazu Tsuji that, all together, give us back the timeless musical genius… complete with a glass of whiskey in hand… for an evening.
However, while there are many elements that need to be created for a successful impersonation, the vocals and music in this case are the priority. Falcone said, “The difference between Bob [Anderson] and all the rest of [Sinatra impersonators] is that I have never heard any of them understand the music as Sinatra understood it. It doesn’t matter whether you copy his voice, what matters is whether you sing the song with the same kind of understanding and passion [Sinatra] put into them. And there’s only a handful of singers that can do that… and Bob Anderson is one of those and they’re the only ones in our lifetime, in my lifetime that truly understood what it means to sing this material. This is some of the most difficult material that was ever written, it’s not easy to sing this stuff.”
And while Anderson makes his authentic portrayal of Sinatra look effortless, he admits that the hardest part of it all was “Picking the songs…” explaining that Sinatra recorded over 12,000 songs throughout his career, that narrowing the show down to approximately 20 tracks was, “the most difficult thing…”
However, even if your favorite Sinatra track is not played out in full during the show, just wait for the set finale when Anderson sings his way through a compilation of classics that each get a little bit of performance attention.
In addition to Anderson’s spot-on impersonation, adding to the show’s authenticity is the showroom. In the beginning of the show Anderson, who doesn’t once break character, notes that the show will be “…different from anything you see on the Strip,” and there won’t be anyone “…hanging from chains,” and to our reminiscent delight, he is right on both accounts. “I think you’re going to be surprised when you see the set. It is something that is not in town anywhere, I would say and really not anywhere in the country anymore.”
With nearly 50 percent of the orchestra having played for Sinatra in the past, and with simple lighting effects that illuminated the scalloped-curtain backdrop and a just a touch of fog, the audience experiences a night of entertainment set in the mid ‘70s.
With clean and authentic entertainment, whether you claim Sinatra is a defining childhood memory or if you’ve simply appreciated him from afar, “Frank – The Man. The Music.” is as real of an experience as ever that is enjoyable for devoted fans and newcomers alike.