Sinatra Tribute<br><i>Canyon Moon opens season</i>

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Eric Tucker, musical director, does things his way - a lesson from the Chairman of the Board.

Canyon Moon Theatre’s opening show is a sure-to-please compilation of Sinatra’s music crafted into My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra by David Grapes and Todd Olsen.

The show, which has been a nonstop hit at theatres across the country, previews today, opens Sept. 19 and closes Oct. 13.

Sinatra, known as “cool” and “charismatic,” became a musical icon within his own lifetime. During a career that spanned more than five generations, Sinatra recorded over 1,300 songs. This tribute contains 56 of those songs that echo the goings-on in Sinatra’s life.

The music includes some of Sinatra’s signature songs such as the romantic Strangers in the Night, the humorous The Lady is a Tramp and the newly memorable New York, New York along with a host of other songs about life, love and losers.

Often in the news for his love life, his choice of friends and his businesses as well as his roller-coaster career, Sinatra was front and center in the consciousness of the American public for over 50 years. Sinatra sang about it all.

His signature song, My Way, which is used by Grapes and Olsen in the tile of the show sums up the Sinatra view of life.

The magical vocal chemistry of Nathaniel Hackmann, Antoinette Torres Tucker, Eric Tucker and Lynne Wieneke will charm the audience. The performers don’t focus on attempting to impersonate Sinatra, but rather honor the man and his music by celebrating his essence through song.

Lynne Wieneke has shown Canyon Moon audiences her diverse acting talents over the years whether facing off with a dog in Sylvia or pouring tea in The Dining Room. Her musical talents have been enjoyed by Canyon Moon audiences in A Grand Night for Singing and Side by Side by Sonheim.

Antoinette Torres Tucker first appeared at Canyon Moon this past season. She charmed audiences in Side by Side by Sondheim and then again as the ingénue in this summer’s hit production of The Drunkard.

Nathaniel Hackmann’s following at the theatre has been growing steadily since he was first seen in A Grand Night for Singing. Since then he has appeared in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Side by Side by Sondheim and as the innocent who lost his way in a bottle of liquor in The Drunkard.

Eric Tucker has been the musical director for Canyon Moon for the last two years. His work includes A Grand Night for Singing, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Side by Side by Sondheim and The Drunkard.

Two talented pianists, James Buchanan and Galadriel DeMarco, will provide the accompaniment on different evenings. Buchanan just did a sold-out performance with Lynne Wieneke of Roller Coaster: Life’s Love Songs as a benefit for Canyon Moon. One of Sedona’s favorite performers, Buchanan, is an accomplished keyboard artist. This is DeMarco’s first performance with Canyon Moon.

My Way is directed by Mary Guaraldi with musical direction by Eric Tucker and choreography by Leslie Baker. Staged in the Canyon Moon Club, a romantic, swanky nightclub of the 1950s, the set by Dewey Douglas will add to the Sinatraesque atmosphere of the production.

The lighting designer is Edwin Nagy who has worked on several Canyon Moon productions as well as on the creation of the Old Marketplace theatre space.

This tribute brings together extraordinary voices, professional direction, and an eye-catching set.

My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra will be performed Sept. 18 through Oct. 13. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Canyon Moon Theatre is located in the Old Market Place on Arizona 89A near New Frontiers in West Sedona. Tickets are $12 on Wednesdays, $17 Thursdays through Sundays and $10 for full-time students.

For season subscription information, call the theatre. Group rates for 10 or more are also available.

Tickets can be reserved by calling Canyon Moon Theatre at 282-6212. They may also be purchased at Bonni’s Fashions in the Old Marketplace or at Rycus Corners in the Village of Oak Creek.

To order tickets or for more information on the theatre and its programs in entertainment and education, visit www.oakcreektheatre.org.

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