Who knew a skinny kid from Hoboken, N.J., could make such an impact in the world of music?
Yeah, we're talking about the legendary Frank Sinatra.
When he died in 1998, after a 60-year career in entertainment, Hollywood held a multitude of tributes celebrating his life through interviews, the showing of his films and especially through his music.
Composer David Grapes wrote A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, that same year with the help of theatrical collaborator Todd Olson.
Columbia Basin College will present My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra as part of its summer showcase starting Aug. 12 in the CBC theater on the Pasco campus.
"This is a fitting tribute to the music that etched memories into the hearts and minds of millions of people," said director Ginny Quinley. "It's a loving, lyrical homage to the man, his time and his music."
Critics described this show when it debuted as a combination of "witty and charming dialog that creates an eye-popping and ear-pleasing performance."
Quinley has no doubt CBC's version of the show will do just that.
The show features four Tri-City vocalists/actors: Anna Newbury, Bryan Foley, Ethan Killgore and Molly Holleran, who will take turns telling stories of this vintage crooner in song as well as dialogue.
Steve "Mr. Pianoman" Haberman will be the guy sitting at the grand piano providing all the nostalgic music. John Tuttle is co-director and choreographer, and Justin Raffa is co-musical director with Haberman. Verna Schwilke will do her magic with costumes from the 1940s, and Ronn Campbell will create the set that will transport the audience to another time.
"This is not a Sinatra impression show," Haberman said. "It is all the music of Ole Blue Eyes, but presented in refreshing new ways with two guys and two gals singing, dancing and swinging the music of Frank.
"This show will be non-stop fun for music lovers of all ages."
Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12-13, 16, 19-20 with a 2 p.m. matinee Aug. 14. Admission is $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the CBC Arts and Humanities Division Office or at the door.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org