Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - September 10, 2010

Old Blues Eyes comes to Pleasanton

'My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra'

Fans of Frank Sinatra -- or just great songs -- are in for a treat with the new offering from the Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre: A music revue featuring 56 songs recorded by "Old Blue Eyes" that is currently playing to packed houses throughout the country.

"Sinatra said that the secret of his success was to sing great songs. 'My Way' offers some of the greatest music of the 20th century in a smart, tight production that has broad appeal," said Marc Masterson, artistic director of Actor's Theatre of Louisville. "Every night the audience is on their feet cheering."

TVRT will present 12 performances over four weekends, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 17-Oct. 10, at the Studio Theatre, 1048 Serpentine Lane, Suite 309, Pleasanton. The Saturday show Sept. 18 will be at 2 p.m., NOT 8 p.m. (This information was received after the print edition went to press.)

Tickets are $25 for adults; $22 for seniors; $20 for students; and a substantial discount for groups purchasing 20 or more tickets. A processing fee will be added to the price of each ticket, which may be purchased online at www.trivalleyrep.com (click on TICKETS), by calling 462-2121, or in person by visiting the ticket office at the Studio Theatre between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Tri-Valley cast includes Amy Lucido, Anthony V. Lucido, Katie Potts, Tom Reardon and Michael Scott Wells with producer Kathleen Breedveld, director Robert Sholty, musical direction by Sierra Dee, lighting design by David Lam, and costume design by Lisa Danz. It was created by David Grapes and Todd Olson and is being used by permission of Summerwind Productions.

The next main stage production by TVRT will be "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," which will run from Oct. 22-Nov. 7. The Tony award-winning musical chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

The Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre, a nonprofit, volunteer organization, began in 1972 as a program under the Pleasanton Department of Recreation, producing summer musicals. In 1984, the theater company became the Pleasanton Playhouse, and became a standalone nonprofit organization. Over the past 26 years, it has had a special focus on children and family involvement in the arts, and continues to present productions that often involve entire families.

--Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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