Conceived, Choreographed and Directed by TWYLA THARP
Conceived, Choreographed and Directed by TWYLA THARP
Vocals by FRANK SINATRA
The producers of the new Broadway musical, COME FLY AWAY, announced the cast today for the North American tour of the show, launching at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA, on August 2, 2011.
Direct from the original Broadway cast of COME FLY AWAY and the Las Vegas production of Sinatra Dance With Me are principal dancers Matthew Stockwell Dibble, Cody Green, Laurie Kanyok, Marielys Molina, John Selya and Ron Todorowski.
Also starring in the tour as principals are Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Martin Harvey, Ramona Kelley and Christopher Vo.
The ensemble includes Anthony Burrell, Mallauri Esquibel, Marina Lazzaretto, Meredith Miles, Marceea Moreno, Candy Olsen, Julius Anthony Rubio, Amy Ruggiero, Justin Urso, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Michael Williams.
Matthew Stockwell Dibble(Chanos) trained at the Royal Ballet School and has worked with Twyla Tharp Dance since 2002. He starred in the first national tour of Movin’ Out as “James.” Ashley Blair Fitzgerald (Kate) most recently appeared in the New York Philharmonic’s production of Company. Her touring credits include Dirty Dancing and Fosse. Cody Green (Sid) was the original “Riff” in the recent Broadway production of West Side Story. He starred as “Eddie” in the first national tour and London production of Movin’ Out and was the winner of Bravo TV’s “Step It Up & Dance.” Martin Harvey (Hank) appeared with the Royal Ballet from 1996 – 2008, dancing many principal roles. He most recently appeared as Johnny Castle in the West End production of Dirty Dancing. Laurie Kanyok (Babe) starred in the first national tour of Movin’ Out as “Brenda.” Her other Broadway credits include Fosse and Saturday Night Fever. Ramona Kelley (Betsy) trained at Berkeley Ballet Theatre. She has performed with Sidra Bell Dance and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance. Marielys Molina (Slim) appeared on Broadway in Sweet Charity and in the first national tour of Swing! She was an ESPN World Salsa Champion in 2005 and 2007. John Selya (Resident Director/Alternate Sid) received a Tony Award nomination, Astaire Award and Theater World Award for his portrayal of “Eddie” in the original Broadway production of Movin’ Out. He was a dancer and choreographer for American Ballet Theatre from 1988 – 1999. Ron Todorowski (Marty/Chanos) received a Helen Hayes Award for his portrayal of “Eddie” in the first national tour of Movin’ Out. His Broadway credits include Wicked and The Times They Are A-Changin’. Christopher Vo (Marty) is a Princess Grace Award recipient and was a member of Lar Lubovitch Dance Company from 2008-2011.
Conceived, choreographed, and directed by Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp (Movin’ Out) and by special arrangement with the Frank Sinatra Family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, COME FLY AWAY follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a live on-stage big band and 14 of the world’s finest dancers, COME FLY AWAY weaves an unparalleled hit parade of classics, including “Fly Me To The Moon,” “My Way,” and “That’s Life,” into a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction.
Charles Isherwood of The New York Times calls COME FLY AWAY, “SPECTACULAR and DAZZLING! This is a MAJOR new work, with a stage full of BRILLIANT performers. Twyla Tharp’s ELECTRIFYING celebration of the music of Frank Sinatra will sweep you up in a complete spell.” Linda Winer of Newsday calls the show “A DANGEROUSLY GORGEOUS DANCE ADVENTURE,” while Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press calls the show “ASTONISHING -- A love letter to romance, not to mention the man and his music, with eight MARVELOUS leads and an orchestra of STERLING musicians.” And Richard Zoglin of Time Magazine states simply, “COME FLY AWAY delivers the PUREST JOLT OF PLEASURE to be found on a Broadway stage.”
The show’s score combines classic and newly discovered vocal performances from the Sinatra archives, along with Sinatra’s signature arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Quincy Jones, among others, and brand new charts, for this fresh innovative musical.
COME FLY AWAY, which premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA in September 2009 and opened on Broadway in March 2010, is the next and most elaborate chapter in one of the most fruitful collaborations in contemporary dance. Twyla Tharp’s creative relationship with the music of Frank Sinatra began in 1976 with the premiere of Once More Frank, a duet created for the American Ballet Theatre, performed by Ms. Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov. The collaboration continued with Nine Sinatra Songs, Ms. Tharp’s acclaimed piece for fourteen dancers, which had its world premiere with Twyla Tharp Dance in 1982, and was followed by Sinatra Suite, a duet featuring Mr. Baryshnikov and Elaine Kudo, which had its world premiere in 1984 with American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center. Mr. Sinatra requested that Sinatra Suite be performed when he received his Kennedy Center Honors Award, citing it as one of the purest expressions of his body of work.
COME FLY AWAY features scenic design by James Youmans, costume design by Katherine Roth, lighting design by Donald Holder, and sound design by Peter McBoyle. Additional arrangements and orchestrations and music supervision are by Dave Pierce.
See COME FLY AWAY in a city near you:
Aug 2 – 7, 2011, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Aug 16 – 28, 2011, Four Seasons Centre, Toronto, ONT
Sep 13 – 25, 2011, Fisher Theatre, Detroit, MI
Sep 27 – Oct 2, 2011, Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, NC
Oct 4 – 9, 2011, Devos Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 11 – 16, 2011, Ordway, St Paul, MN
Oct 25 – Nov 6, 2011, Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 8 – 13, 2011, Civic Theatre, San Diego, CA
Nov 17 – 20, 2011, INB Performing Arts Center, Spokane, WA
Jan 10 – 22, 2012, Bank of America Theatre, Chicago, IL
Jan 31 – Feb 5, 2012, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA
Feb 13, 2012, Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center, Ft Smith, AR
Feb 16 – 19, 2012, Hershey Theater, Hershey, PA
Feb 24 – 26, 2012, Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, MD
Mar 2 – 4, 2012, Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI
Mar 6, 2012, Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, WVA
Mar 9 – 11, 2012, Opera House, Lexington, KY
Mar 13 – 18, 2012, Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Mar 20 – 25, 2012, Adrienne Arscht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, FL
Mar 27 – Apr 1, 2012, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, FL
April 3, 2012, Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, Montgomery, AL
Apr 5 – 7, 2012, Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL
Apr 10 -15, 2012, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, TX
Apr 18 – 29, 2012, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
May 1 – 6, 2012, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC
May 8 – 20, 2012, Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH
May 29 – Jun 3, 2012, The Bushnell, Hartford, CT
For additional show and ticketing information, please visit Comeflyaway.com.