REVIEW: Come Fly Away @ PlayhouseSquare

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Company of COME FLY AWAY Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Company of COME FLY AWAY Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Twyla Tharp’s unmistakable choreography and Frank Sinatra’s vocals work together seamlessly in Come Fly Away, now playing at PlayhouseSquare.

When you head to the Palace Theatre you’ll spend a hot, sweaty night in a jazz club with 15 incredible dancers. You’ll watch flirtation, sexual tension, strutting, competition and love unfold before your eyes…but without a spoken word. The story (though very light) is told only through dance. Legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp “hits one out of the park” with her difficult and at times acrobatic steps. This talented troupe of dancers was flawless in every step and oozed sex appeal! For me Anthony Burrell stood out for his alpha male dominance of the stage while Christopher Vo gets a shout out for being hilarious and brave (you try dancing on stage in your underwear for 30 minutes!), not to mention incredibly talented!

There are very few singers out there who come anywhere close to being music royalty, one of them is “ol’ blue eyes” Frank Sinatra. Through the magic of technology, which was flawlessly executed I might add, Come Fly Away mixes Frank Sinatra’s voice with a live big band on stage! Hearing Sinatra’s vocals echo in the Palace Theatre last night was haunting, it was as though a ghost were in the room. It was an experience that is hard to describe.

The show was fast moving at 80 minutes with no intermission and kept my attention all the way through. However, this is not what I would call a “broadway musical” and if that is what you are expecting, you’ll be disappointed. Come Fly Away is part concert, part dance exhibition and in a distant third, musical theatre. Don’t let that sway you, this show is fantastic. The staging, lighting, dancers, band and Sinatra make this a great night of entertainment, especially for Sinatra fans! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I believe you will too!

Come Fly Away runs through May 20th at PlayhouseSquare’s Palace Theater. Grab tickets and information at PlayhouseSquare.org

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