Once More, Frank


American Ballet Theatre commissioned Once More, Frank for the 1976 Spring Gala. Rehearsals were recorded for the PBS special Making Television Dance.

Baryshnikov casually crosses the stage to shake Tharp's hand before they begin the loose but quick unison movement of the opening section. The final section, "One For My Baby," was, as Tharp explains in the television special, "made for the void between us.” Once More, Frank marks the beginning of a series of works by Tharp to the music of Frank Sinatra.


  • Baryshnikov and Tharp in dress rehearsal. ©Twyla Tharp
  • Once More, Frank
    Tharp and Baryshnikov during dress rehearsal. ©Lois Greenfield
  • Baryshnikov and Tharp in dress rehearsal. © Herbert Migdoll


Tharp and Baryshnikov rehearse in the American Ballet Theatre studios.
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Music Program:

1. Somethin’ Stupid
Written by C. Carson Parks - 1966
Recorded by Frank & Nancy Sinatra
From the Album “The World We Knew” – 1967
Reprise Records

2. That’s Life
Written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon for Frank Sinatra
From the Album “That’s Life” – 1966
Reprise Records

3. One More For the Road
Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
For the Musical “The Sky’s the Limit” – 1943
Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1947
Columbia Records

Audio Sample: 

Somethin' Stupid
Performed by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra