Frank Sinatra Stage Musical in the Works
An original stage musical based on the life of the legendary singer, Frank Sinatra, is currently being developed with a book by Joe DiPietro (Memphis, Diana) and choreography by Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (Wonderful Town, The Pajama Game and Anything Goes).
According to a report by Deadline, the project will be produced by Universal Music Group Theatrical, the musical theater production arm of Universal Music Group, in association with Tina Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Enterprises.
Born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1915, Frank Sinatra, later nicknamed “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” forged a career in music and film over many decades. His voice became iconic as he performed American standards including “My Way,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Come Fly With Me,” and “Strangers in the Night.”
Sinatra also had a successful film career, winning an Academy Award for his role in From Here to Eternity. He went on to appear in several movie musicals such as On the Town, Guys and Dolls, High Society, and Pal Joey.
The official synopsis of the stage musical reads: “It is New Year’s Eve 1942, and a skinny 27-year-old Italian-American singer is about to step onto the stage of New York’s Paramount Theatre and give a performance that will change music history. As Frank Sinatra’s career suddenly skyrockets, he struggles with balancing the love of his wife, Nancy, against the demands and temptations of being the most popular singer in America. But when he begins a torrid affair with movie goddess Ava Gardner, his records stop selling and the press turns against him, sending his career into a tailspin. Driven by his devotion to his family, Sinatra employs his peerless artistry and dogged determination to stage the greatest comeback in show business history.”
No further details about casting or production schedules have been released as of this writing.