Westchester Broadway Theatre Presents "Centennial Sinatra," in Celebration of Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday

Published: Friday, March 20, 2015 By: Jerry Eimbinder Source: PATCH

Vocalist Steve Lippia and a 10-piece orchestra will fill the program with songs Sinatra recorded during a six-decade career.

In commemoration of what would had been Ol’ Blues Eyes’ 100th birthday on December 12, 2015, “ Centennial Sinatra,” will take the stage at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Both matinee and evening performances are scheduled for this one-day appearance at the Elmsford dinner-theater.

Vocalist Steve Lippia, currently on an Eastern tour with the show, will be accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra. 

Lippia said about 1,500 Frank Sinatra recordings from the 1930s to the 1980s were available to help select numbers for the show.

Some of the Sinatra favorites to be included are I’ll Never Smile Again, I’ll Be Seeing You, Without a Song, Ol’ Man River and Fly Me to the Moon.

“Frank Sinatra is the kind of artist that comes along, perhaps once in a century — if you’re lucky,” said Lippia.

“Almost single handed, he defined a generation of music, known as The Popular American Songbook,” Lippia said. “While there is no denying that he learned from some of the great artists that came before him, such as Mabel Mercer, Billy Holiday and, especially, Bing Crosby, he eventually found his own distinctive sound and style. Virtually every singer that came after him owes a debt to his great interpretive skills, his phrasing, the way he bent a note, how he teased and crossed the musical bars.”

“The show generally follows a chronological time-line, with some deviation from the late 30s, with Harry James and his Orchestra, into the 40s when Sinatra worked with Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra,” Lippia continued. “Then we turn to some of his early solo efforts — untethered to any particular orchestra, followed by his swingin’ days of the 1950s, his Las Vegas/Count Basie collaboration, through My Way, New York, New York and into the 1970s and 1980s with his three-album Trilogy.”

“While the music is the main focus for Centennial Sinatra, a fair amount of historical and anecdotal information about Sinatra’s career is passed along to the audience — especially about the composers, lyricists and arrangers who were so important to his music,” Lippia noted.

Lippia grew up in Southington, CT and first learned Sinatra’s songs while a teen band member when he attended St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, CT.

Two of Lippia’s CD recordings will be available for purchase in the lobby including “Steve Lippia In Concert” which has 21 songs, mostly from Sinatra’s repertoire, recorded live with a 16-piece orchestra. This CD was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Dinner-and-show prices range from $64 (matinee with lunch at 11:15 a.m. and show at 1 p.m.) plus tax to $84 (evening with dinner at 6:15 p.m. and show at 8 p.m.) plus tax.

Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza (175 Clearbrook Road), Elmsford. Box office: (914