Marquis Theatre, (3/25/2010 - 9/05/2010)

First Preview: Mar 01, 2010
Opening Date: Mar 25, 2010
Closing Date: Sep 05, 2010
Total Previews: 26
Total Performances: 188

Category: Musical, Dance, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by James L. Nederlander, Nicholas Howey, W.A.T., Ltd., Terry Allen Kramer, Patrick Catullo/Jon B. Platt, Jerry Frankel, Ronald & Marc Frankel, Roy Furman, Allan S. Gordon/Élan McAllister, Jam Theatricals, Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley, Margo Lion/Daryl Roth, Hal Luftig/Yasuhiro Kawana, Pittsburgh CLO/GSFD, Spark Productions, The Weinstein Company and Barry & Fran Weissler; Produced by special arrangement with The Frank Sinatra Family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises

World Premiere at The Alliance Theatre Company

Concept and Book by Twyla Tharp; Additional Orchestrations & Arrangements by Don Sebesky and Dave Pierce

Directed by Twyla Tharp; Choreographed by Twyla Tharp; Resident Director: Kim Craven

Scenic Design by James Youmans; Costume Design by Katherine Roth; Lighting Design by Donald Holder; Sound Design by Peter McBoyle; Associate Scenic Design: Jerome Martin; Associate Costume Design: Amy Clark; Associate Lighting Design: Jeanne Koenig; Associate Sound Design: David Patridge

General Manager: The Charlotte Wilcox Company; Company Manager: Heidi Neven

Technical Supervisor: David Benken; Production Stage Manager: Rick Steiger; Stage Manager: Lisa Dawn Cave

Vocals by Frank Sinatra; Original Music Supervisor: Sam Lutfiyya; Musical Supervisor: Patrick Vaccariello; Musical Coordinator: Patrick Vaccariello; Conducted by Russell Kassoff; Piano: Russell Kassoff; Reed 1: Jerry Dodgion; Reed 2: Jimmy Cozier; Reed 3: P.J. Perry; Reed 4: Dave Noland; Trumpet 1: Dave Stahl; Trumpet 2: Earl Gardner; Trumpet 3: Larry Moses; Trumpet 4: Richie Vitale; Trombone 1: John Mosca; Trombone 2: Mark Miller; Trombone 3: Clarence Banks; Trombone 4: Jeff Nelson; Bass: Jay Anderson; Guitar: James Chirillo; Drums: Warren Odze; Percussion: Hilary Gardner and Rosena M. Hill; Reed 5: Frank Basile

Production Executive: Randall Buck; Creative Consultant: Charles Pignone; Casting: Stuart Howard, Amy Schecter and Paul Hardt; General Press Representative: The Hartman Group and Ellen Jacobs Associates; Dance Captain: Alexander Brady; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Matthew Stockwell DibbleChanos
Holley FarmerBabe
Charlie Neshyba-HodgesMarty
Laura MeadBetsy
Rika OkamotoSlim
Karine Plantadit-BageotKate
Keith RobertsHank
John SelyaSid
Alexander BradyVico
Todd BurnsedEnsemble
Carolyn DohertyEnsemble
Heather HamiltonEnsemble
Meredith MilesEnsemble
Eric OttoEnsemble
Kristine BendulSlim
Jeremy CoxMarty
Hilary GardnerFeatured Vocalist
Cody GreenSid
Rosena M. HillFeatured Vocalist
Laurie KanyokBabe
Marielys MolinaKate
Justin PeckEnsemble
Joel ProutyHank
Ron TodorowskiChanos
Ashley TuttleBetsy

Swings: Kristine Bendul, Colin Bradbury, Jeremy Cox, Amanda Edge, Cody Green, Laurie Kanyok, Marielys Molina, Joel Prouty, Ron Todorowski and Ashley Tuttle

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2010 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Karine Plantadit-Bageot

 2010 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Twyla Tharp

Drama Desk Award

winner 2010 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 

Twyla Tharp


ACT 1 Sung By
Moonlight Becomes You
(music by James Van Heusen; lyrics by Johnny Burke )
Marty and Betsy
Come Fly With Me
(music by James Van Heusen; lyrics by Sammy Cahn )
The Company
I've Got the World on a String
(music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by Ted Koehler )
The Company
Let's Fall in Love
(music by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler; lyrics by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen )
Marty and Betsy
I've Got You Under My Skin
(music by Cole Porter; lyrics by Cole Porter )
Vico and Company
Summer Wind
(music by Henry Mayer and Hans Bradtke; lyrics by Johnny Mercer )
Hank and Kate
Fly Me to the Moon
(music by Bart Howard; lyrics by Bart Howard )
Hank, Kate and Ensemble Men
I've Got a Crush On You
(music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin )
Sid and Babe
Body and Soul
(music by Frank Eyton, John Green, Edward Heyman and Robert Sour; lyrics by Frank Eyton, John Green, Edward Heyman and Robert Sour )
Chanos, Sid, Babe and Ensemble
It's Alright With Me
(music by Cole Porter; lyrics by Cole Porter )
The Company
You Make Me Feel So Young
(music by Josef Joe Myrow; lyrics by Mack Gordon )
Marty and Betsy
September of My Years
(music by James Van Heusen; lyrics by Sammy Cahn )
(music by Cy Coleman; lyrics by Carolyn Leigh )
Sid, Babe and Ensemble Men
Yes Sir, That's My Baby
(music by Walter Donaldson; lyrics by Gus Kahn )
Chanos and Slim
Learnin' the Blues
(music by Dolores "Vicki" Silvers; lyrics by Dolores "Vicki" Silvers )
Hank, Kate, Slim and Ensemble Women
That's Life
(music by Dean Kay and Kelly L. Gordon; lyrics by Dean Kay and Kelly L. Gordon )
Hank and Kate
Nice 'n' Easy
(music by Lew Spence; lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman )
Marty, Betsy, Vico and Ensemble Women
Makin' Whoopee
(music by Walter Donaldson; lyrics by Gus Kahn )
Marty, Betsy, Slim and Ensemble
Jumpin' at the Woodside
(music by Count Basie; lyrics by John Hendricks )
The Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night
(music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Sammy Cahn )
The Company
I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die
(music by Al Hoffman, Walter Kent and Manny Kurtz; lyrics by Al Hoffman, Walter Kent and Manny Kurtz )
Sid, Chanos, Hank, Marty and Company
Pick Yourself Up
(music by Jerome Kern; lyrics by Dorothy Fields )
Marty, Betsy, Chanos and Slim
(music by Antonio Carlos Jobim; lyrics by Antonio Carlos Jobim )
Chanos and Slim
Let's Face the Music and Dance
(music by Irving Berlin; lyrics by Irving Berlin )
Hank, Kate and Ensemble
Teach Me Tonight
(music by Gene de Paul; lyrics by Sammy Cahn )
Sid and Babe
Take Five
(music by Paul Desmond; lyrics by Paul Desmond )
Sid, Babe, Marty, Betsy and Ensemble
Just Friends
(music by John Klenner; lyrics by Sam M. Lewis )
Hank and Kate
Lean Baby
(music by Billy May; lyrics by Roy Alfred )
Kate and Ensemble Men
Makin' Whoopee (Reprise)
(music by Walter Donaldson; lyrics by Gus Kahn )
Kate, Chanos, Slim, Marty, Betsy and Ensemble
One for My Baby
(music by Harold Arlen; lyrics by Johnny Mercer )
Hank and Kate
My Funny Valentine
(music by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart; lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart )
Marty and Betsy
Air Mail Special
(music by Benny Goodman, Jimmy Mundy and Charles Christian; lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart )
Vico and Sid
My Way
(music by Claude François and Jacques Revaux; lyrics by Paul Anka and Gilles Thibault )
The Company
New York, New York
(music by John Kander; lyrics by Fred Ebb )
The Company
All the Way
(music by Jimmy Van Heusen; lyrics by Sammy Cahn )
The Company


AP: "Come Fly Away"

The super-cool song stylings of Frank Sinatra have been given an additional layer of sexiness in “Come Fly Away,” Twyla Tharp’s libido-charged love letter to romance, not to mention the man and his music.

Tharp’s lively dance extravaganza, which opened Thursday at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre, may be short on plot but it makes up in motion what it lacks in story, ostensibly the tale of four couples as they go through various stages in often tempestuous relationships.

What the director-choreographer has done is take Sinatra renditions of classics from the Great American Songbook, put his original vocals on stage and backed them up with an orchestra of sterling musicians and a female singer (a smooth-sounding Hilary Gardner). Among the standards heard: “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “Nice ’n’ Easy,” “One for My Baby” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”

There’s an intense physicality to Tharp’s choreography, not to mention a delight in show-biz razzle-dazzle, and both qualities are present in the dancers whose affairs of the heart are examined with astonishing theatricality.

The eight marvelous leads all have distinct personalities. Right from the start, you know they are performers to be reckoned with as they take to the floor in a swank nightclub setting designed by James Youmans.

Let’s start with the flashiest — the power pairing of a virile Keith Roberts and Karine Plantadit, a temptress of dazzling virtuosity. Their numbers generate considerable heat, especially a volatile “That’s Life” that has Roberts and Plantadit engaged in an almost brutal display of sexual frenzy.

Sexuality of a more calculated kind is found in the seductive presence of the striking red-haired Holley Farmer, whose teasing of John Selya is equally provocative if a bit more genteel. Farmer is a commanding dancer, displaying a crisp, cool assurance as she goes after the man she wants.

Selya displays a charming, been-around-the-block world weariness that invests his character with a bit of poignancy, a quality that is accentuated in his solo turn with “The September of My Years.” The Sammy Cahn-Jimmy Van Heusen song, apparently first recorded by Sinatra as he approached his 50th birthday, suggests the inevitability of life moving beyond youthful exuberance.

That exuberance is supplied by the delightful comic shenanigans of Charlie Neshyba-Hodges, playing a lowly club employee, and Laura Mead, the evening’s nominal ingenue. Their duets are the entertainment’s most airborne, with Neshyba-Hodges delivering a gymnastic series of turns that seem to take flight and Mead his delicious foil, a young lady who brings him crashing back to Earth.

Matthew Stockwell Dibble, a former member of Great Britain’s Royal Ballet, brings a classical elegance to the proceedings, especially in a duet with Rika Okamoto, performed to the sultry, hypnotic melodic musings of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Wave.”

Tharp has worked with iconic music before on Broadway — celebrating Billy Joel in the long-running “Movin’ Out” and then stumbling with the Bob Dylan-inspired “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” And she’s worked with Sinatra songs before, too, in several of her ballets.

But in “Come Fly Away,” originally seen last year at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, she has listened to a parade of genius lyricists as well. Besides Cahn, the impressive collection includes Lorenz Hart, Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Carolyn Leigh and Fred Ebb.

Their words help define the characters she has put on stage. But she and the finest company of dancers on Broadway — plus a little help from the Chairman of the Board — make them soar.


Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Marquis Theatre

(3/25/2010 - 9/5/2010)
Stage Manager: Kevin Bertolacci(Aug 3, 2010 - Sep 5, 2010).

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