Come Fly With Me

Come Fly With Me
World premiere date
Premiere location place
Atlanta, GA
Principals

Holley Farmer
Laura Mead
Rika Okamoto
Karine Plantadit
Matthew Dibble
Charlie Neshyba-Hodges
Keith Roberts
John Selya

Soloists

Alexander Brady  (Maitre d') 

Ensemble

Carolyn Doherty, Heather Hamilton, Ashley Tuttle, Todd Burnsed, Eric Otto, Justin Peck, Kristine Bendul, Jodi Melnick, Joel Prouty, Matt Rivera, John Sorenson-Jolink

Total number of dancers
20
Runtime
01:25:00
Other program information

Sound Design: Peter McBoyle
On-Line Producer: Randall A. Buck
Rehearsal Directors: Alexander Brady, Keith Roberts
Musical Coordinator: Music Services International
Music Production Supervisor: Sam Lutfiyya

 

The Come Fly With Me Band

Co-Band Leader, Piano, Featured Vocalist: Dee Daniels
Co-Band Leader, Drums: Dennis Mackrel
Reed I: Jerry Dodgion
Reed II: David D'Angelo
Reed III: Doug Lawrence
Reed IV: Tom Colclough
Reed V: Richard Jones
Trumpet I: Joey Tartell
Trumpet II: Tim Burke
Trumpet III: Greg Cole
Trumpet IV: Lester Walker
Trombone I: Dave Grott
Trombone II: Mark Miller
Trombone III: Bob Lewis
Trombone IV: Lee Watts
Bass: David Young
Guitar: Felton Offard

Awards

Suzi Bass Award
Won:
   Best Choreography

Tharp’s long-standing relationship to the music of Frank Sinatra began with a pure-dance duet in 1976 (Once More, Frank). This developed into a character study for fourteen dancers in 1982 (Nine Sinatra Songs), and later, a dramatic, narrative duet (Sinatra Suite). 

Come Fly With Me marks the beginning of a series of large-scale productions that combine Tharp’s choreography with Sinatra’s recorded voice accompanied by a live band. The show follows eight characters through shifting affections and allegiances, revealing the complexities and conflicts that arise in one evening. 

  • Come Fly With Me
    The cast in dress rehearsal. ©Greg Victor
  • Come Fly With Me
    Dibble (jumping) and cast in dress rehearsal. ©Greg Victor
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    Selya and Farmer rehearse. ©Greg Victor
Video Description

A brief excerpt from a workshop performance in New York, 2008.

Full music program

List of songs in order of appearance:

1. Stardust
Composed by Hoagy Carmichael – 1927
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish – 1929
From the album “Sinatra and Strings”
Released on Reprise Records – 1962

2. I’ve Got The World On A String
Composed by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
From the album “This Is Sinatra”
Released by Capitol Records – 1956

3. Let’s Fall in Love
Words and Music by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen – 1933
Recorded by Sinatra – 1960
Released by Bourne Co.

4. What a Wonderful World
Composed by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss – 1968

5. Summer Wind
Composed by Henry Mayer
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer – 1965
From the album “Strangers in the Night”
Released by Reprise Records – 1966

6. Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
Words and Music by Bart Howard – 1954
From the album “It Might As Well Be Swing”
Released by Reprise Records – 1964

7. I’ve Got a Crush On You
Composed by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin – 1930
Originally recorded by Sinatra – 1947

8. Body and Soul
Composed by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Frank Eyton, Edward Heyman and Robert B. Sour – 1930
From the album “Frankly Sentimental”
Released by Columbia Records – 1949

9. It’s All Right With Me
Words and Music by Cole Porter
Recorded by Sinatra for the film “Can-Can” – 1960

10. You Make Me Feel So Young
Composed by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon – 1946
From the album “Sinatra at the Sands”
Released by Reprise Records – 1966

11. The September Of My Years
Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
From the album “September of my Years”
Released by Reprise Records – 1965

12. Witchcraft
Composed by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh – 1957
From the album “All The Way”
Released by Capitol Records – 1961

13. Learnin’ the Blues
Written by Dolores Vicki Silvers – 1955
From the album “Sinatra-Basie: An Historical Musical First”
Released by Reprise Records – 1962

14. That’s Life
Written by Dean Kay and Kelly L. Gordon
From the album “That’s Life”
Released by Reprise records – 1966

15. Nice ‘n’ Easy
Composed by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Keith and Lew Spence
From the album “Nice ‘n’ Easy”
Released by Capitol Records - 1960

16. Makin’ Whoopee
Composed by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
From the album “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers”
Released by Capitol Records – 1956

17. Jumpin’ at the Woodside
Written by Count Basie and Jon Hendricks
From the album “Count Basie Live At The Sands (Before Frank)”
Released by Reprise records – 1998

18. Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week
Composed by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Released by Columbia Records – 1944

19. I’m Gonna Live ‘Til I Die
Words and music by Al Hoffman, Walter Kent and Manny Kurtz
From the B-side “Melody Of Love”
Released by Capitol Records – 1955

20. Pick Yourself Up
Composed by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields – 1936
From the album “Sinatra and Swingin’ Brass”
Released by Reprise Records – 1962

21. How Deep Is The Ocean?
Words and Music by Irving Berlin – 1932
From the album “Nice ‘n’ Easy”
Released by Capitol Records - 1960

22. Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Words and Music by Irving Berlin – 1936
From the album “Ring-a-Ding-Ding”
Released by Reprise Records – 1961

23. Teach Me Tonight
Composed by Gene De Paul
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn – 1953
From the album “L.A. Is My Lady”
Released by Warner Bros. Records – 1984

24. Take Five
Composed by Paul Desmond – 1959
Originally Performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet

25. Just Friends
Composed by John Klenner
Lyrics by Sam M. Lewis – 1931
From the album “No One Cares”
Released by Capitol Records – 1959

26. Lean Baby
Written by Roy Alfred and Billy May
From the album “Swing Easy”
Released by Capitol Records – 1954

27. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)

Written by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen – 1943

From the album “Sinatra at the Sands”

Released by Reprise Records – 1966

28. My Funny Valentine
Words and music by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart – 1937
From the album “Songs for Young Lovers”
Released by Capitol Records – 1954

29. Airmail Special
Composed by Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman and James Mundy

30. My Way
Composed by Claude Francois and Jacques Revaux – 1967
Lyrics by Paul Anka – 1968
From the album “My Way”
Released by Reprise Records – 1969

31. New York, New York (Theme)

Composed by John Kander

Lyrics by Fred Ebb
From the album “Trilogy: Past, Present and Future”

Released by Reprise Records – 1980

32. All The Way
Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
From the film “The Joker is Wild” – 1957

Come Fly With Me - Atlanta (premiere)
Atlanta, GA