My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, a musical revue at Theatre at the Center (TATC) in Munster, relives the legendary career of Frank Sinatra as four actors share more than 50 of his beloved hits that span the breadth of his career from the 1950s to the 1990s. It begins previews Feb. 9 and opens Feb. 12 for a run that continues through March 19.
Performing a collection of songs made popular by Sinatra that include “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Chicago,” “New York, New York,” and “That’s Life” are George Keating, Eric A. Lewis, Christine Mild and McKinley Carter – – all well-known to Chicago audiences for their leading roles in recent popular productions. Directed by Brenda Didier, she describes My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, as “a musical revue set in an elegant nightclub in old Hollywood where Sinatra and his loves, cronies and colleagues would frequent.”
The cast includes George Keating, who recently played Felix Unger in Theatre at the Center’s The Odd Couple. Keating, whose Chicago stage appearances include Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Paramount Theatre, is co-creator of the hit show Schoolhouse Rock Live in Chicago and Off-Broadway. Christine Mild, who starred in TATC’s Pump Boys and Dinettes, released her debut solo album “Love Is Everything” last summer. Mild’s credits include Company at Writers Theatre, Beaches at Drury Lane Oakbrook and a one-nun musical, Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, nationwide. McKinley Carter returns to TATC, where she was last seen in Baby and High Society. Chicago credits include The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes at Mercury Theatre, The Merry Widow and Carousel at Lyric Opera and Winesburg, Ohio at Steppenwolf Theatre. Eric A. Lewis was last seen on the Theatre at the Center stage in All Shook Up. Other credits include playing Jimmy Earl in Dreamgirls at Porchlight Theatre which earned Lewis a Jeff Award.
Director Didier, who has received Jeff Awards in both direction and choreography, is making her directorial and choreographic debut at Theatre at the Center. Her work has been seen at Mercury Theater Chicago, Bailiwick Chicago, BoHo, Porchlight Music Theater, the Goodman Theater and Second City’s main stage among others. Didier is also owner and Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire Academy of Dance, now in its 19th season.
My Way…A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra was originally conceived by Todd Olsen and David Grapes from a songbook of 1,300 tunes. They’ve selected more than 50 songs that showcase the iconic success story of a man often called the “Chairman of the Board” by fellow Rat Pack friends; a man who enjoyed his role and reputation as a saloon singer, dressed in a tuxedo with a glass of Jack Daniels in hand, doing what no other performer could do for more than 50 years.
Founded in 1991, the 410-seat Theatre at the Center is a year round professional theater at its home at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Theatre at the Center is the only professional theater company in Northwest Indiana, offering downtown caliber performances in an accessible venue with plenty of free parking. Theatre at the Center is located off I-80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago.
Performances are 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and select Thursday and Sunday evenings. Individual ticket prices range from $40 – $44. To purchase individual tickets, call the Box Office at 219-836-3255 or Tickets.com at 800-511-1552. Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more and gift certificates are also available. For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit www.TheatreAtTheCenter.com.