Photos have come in of rehearsals for new musical Sinatra The Musical, ahead of its world premiere at the Birmingham Rep.
The show stars Tony Award-winner Matt Doyle as Frank Sinatra, with a full cast that includes 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.
The cast also features 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).
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 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 creative team also 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 runs at Birmingham Rep from 23 September to 28 October 2023.