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SINATRA: The Main Event - Cadogan Hall

Richard Shelton as Sinatra

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FRANK Sinatra’s legendary concert, SINATRA: The Main Event, which took place at New York’s Madison Square Garden on October 13, 1974, was billed as the biggest comeback in showbusiness history.

On Friday, October 10, 2014, at London’s Cadogan Hall, the concert’s 40th anniversary will be marked with a stunning recreation.

SINATRA: The Main Event stars Richard Shelton, one of the world’s finest Sinatra interpreters, the world famous Syd Lawrence Orchestra – voted the ‘Best Big Band in the Land’ for the 12th consecutive year – together with a guest line-up that includes Caroline O’Connor, Louise Dearman and Renato D’Aiello.

SINATRA: The Main Event features all the greatest and best-loved Sinatra classics, including The Lady Is A Tramp, My Funny Valentine, Mack The Knife, Fly Me To The Moon, My Kinda Town, I Get a Kick Out of You, New York New York and his signature anthem, My Way.

It recreates the unforgettable night when Sinatra played his sell-out concert to over 20,000 people at New York’s Madison Square Garden, following a self-imposed, four-year retirement.

Richard Shelton performed as Frank Sinatra in the West End in Rat Pack Confidential, a performance that earned him a nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards. He has also performed in front of the Royal Family at Windsor and Prince Albert in Monaco.

Shelton, a British actor now resident in Los Angeles, recently recorded an album, An Englishman in Love in LA, in Sinatra’s favourite studio at Capitol Records in Hollywood, backed by some of the remaining Sinatra musicians. He has also performed as Sinatra in LA with Hollywood star Jeff Goldblum accompanying him on the piano.

Shelton also appeared in the West End in Scrooge – The Musical, the international tour of Mamma Mia! and on television in ITV’s Emmerdale and HBO’s House of Lies.

West End and Broadway star Caroline O’Connor, who is returning to the UK following a second Broadway season starring in A Christmas Story – The Musical, belongs to an exclusive group of actresses to be nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for both Best Actress in a Musical (Mack and Mabel) and Best Actress in a Play (Bombshells).

O’Connor has also appeared on stage as Velma Kelly in Chicago, both on Broadway and in her native Australia. And soon, she starts work on The Life of The Party at The Menier Chocolate Factory. She has also appeared on the big screen in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge (as Nini Legs in the Air) and De-Lovely (as Ethel Merman).

Louise Dearman recently made history as the first actress to play both starring roles in Wicked – Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, and her sister Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. She has just starred as Mrs D. in the new musical version of The Water Babies at The Curve in Leicester. Her other major starring roles include Eva Peron in Evita and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls.

International jazz saxophonist Renato D’Aiello is resident Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Barr.

Produced by The Ministry of Entertainment Limited in association with Stageworks Worldwide Productions, SINATRA: The Main Event will play London after a summer season at The Globe, the 900-seat venue located within the UK’s No.1 tourist attraction, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, where it opens on July 4 and plays until September 6, 2014.

Tickets: £30/£25 – available from the box office on 020 7730 4500 or online at www.cadoganhall.com/.

Time: 8pm.

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ