Sinatra - Casting 2023: Matt Doyle, Ana Villafañe, Phoebe Panaretos

Sinatra The Musical full cast announced to join Matt Doyle

Final casting has been announced for the forthcoming world premiere of Sinatra The Musical, coming to the Birmingham Rep in September 2023.

Already announced is the show’s star, with Tony Award-winner Matt Doyle set to play Frank Sinatra.

Joining Doyle in the cast of 20 are Broadway star Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet, In The Heights, Chicago) as Ava Gardner; Phoebe Panaretos (Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Zorro) as Frank’s first wife, Nancy Sinatra; Dawn Buckland as Dolly Sinatra; Vincent Riotta as Marty Sinatra; Carl Patrick as George Evans; and the role of Little Nancy shared by Amelia Connor, Effie Gell and Isla Granville.

Other cast includes Maddy Ambus (Marlene Dietrich), Lindsay Atherton (Swing), Tyler Orphé Baker (Nat King Cole), Greg Bernstein (Gene Kelly), Samara Casteallo (Ensemble), Helen Colby (Hedda Hopper) Alastair Crosswell (Ensemble), Frances Dee (Judy Garland), Alex Gibson-Giorgio (Nelson Riddle), Ryesha Higgs (Billie Holiday), Stevie Hutchinson (Lee Mortimer), Lottie Power (Lana Turner), Spin (Sammy Davis, Jr.) and John Stacey (Mitch Miller).

Sinatra The Musical - Casting. Photo by Ellie Kurttz
Sinatra The Musical – Casting. Photo by Ellie Kurttz

Sinatra The Musical is written by Tony award-winning writer Joe DiPietro (Memphis the Musical, What’s New Pussycat?), directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (Wonderful Town, Anything Goes), and with set design by Olivier Award-winner Peter McKintosh (Crazy for You, Orlando).

The wider creative team includes Gareth Valentine (Musical Supervisor), Jon Morrell (Costume Designer), Tim Mitchell (Lighting Designer), Paul Groothuis (Sound Designer), Akhila Krishnan (Video Designer), Campbell Young (Wigs, Hair and Make-up Designer), Mark Aspinall (Musical Director), Larry Blank & John Clayton (Orchestrators), Ian Eisendrath (Arranger), David Chase (Dance Arrangements), David Grindrod & Will Burton (UK Casting Directors), Jim Carnahan (US Casting Director), Jason Thinger (US Casting (Carnahan)), Stevan Mijailovic (Associate Director), Carol Lee Meadows (Associate Choreographer) and Sam Young (Associate Musical Director).

Sinatra The Musical - Casting 2023

The show was first announced back in March 2023, and is fully endorsed by the Sinatra family, with Birmingham Rep co-producing the show with Michele Anthony, Bruce Resnikoff and Scott Landis for Universal Music Group Theatrical, and Tina Sinatra and Charles Pignone on behalf of Frank Sinatra Enterprises. 

Sinatra The Musical runs at Birmingham Rep from 23 September to 28 October 2023.

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