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Sinatra musical, directed by Kathleen Marshall, announces world premiere 

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A new musical based on the life and work of Frank Sinatra is set to open in Birmingham. 

Penned by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro and directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes) the piece  will premiere at Birmingham Rep on Saturday 23 September and run until Saturday 28 October 2023. The show’s debut in Birmingham, coincides with the 70th Anniversary of Sinatra’s 1953 UK tour, which saw him perform in the city.

The show is based on Sinatra’s time in the 1940s cutting his teeth as an Italian American singer, as well as his subsequent fall into infamy following a torrid affair – plus his attempt at a comeback. 
DiPietro, who has written the book said: Growing up, there were two pictures hanging in my grandmother’s kitchen — The Pope and Frank Sinatra. So to sit down with Tina Sinatra and hear stories of her father which no one else knows, and then to be able to put those stories on stage – well I think it’ll make for an unexpected and thrilling new musical. We’ll be showing you how the man became the legend and how the legend was — at the end of the day — just a man. And I couldn’t be more excited that our world premiere is at Birmingham Rep, where I had such a phenomenal time working on What’s New, Pussycat?”

Marshall added: “I am beyond thrilled to return to the UK, which feels like my second home, to bring the story of the legendary Frank Sinatra to the stage at such a prestigious theatre as the Birmingham Rep.  We hope to create an evening of theatre that is as stylish, sophisticated and elegant as Mr. Sinatra, with glorious music from the American Songbook.’ 

Tina Sinatra commented: “I am very proud of our new musical production and I’m especially delighted that, for the first time, we’re going to give you a perspective on my father that you’ve never seen before.

Casting and creative team for the production are to be revealed.