One can’t go wrong getting a ticket to Come Fly With Me, the new musical at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
If one is a fan of Frank Sinatra or Twyla Tharp, prepare for an evening in which their legendary talents shine. But even those without sentimental attachment to the singer/actor or dancer/choreographer will likely be blown away by the solid two hours of great music perfectly coupled with spectacular dance.
Conceived by Tharp, who also serves as the choreographer and director, the shows delves into the relationship highs and lows of four couples in a club one night. It is at times sweet and humorous as when a bumbling waiter becomes smitten with a young woman. But that gives way to the fiery, sensuous and tumultuous relationship between another couple, performed with masterful artistic precision and, at times, wild abandon by Karine Plantadit and Keith Roberts.
Love, lust, jealousy, infatuation, heartbreak passion are just a few of the emotions that come to life without a word being spoken. Tharp infuses the show with dances and moves that are classical and elegant one minute and contemporary and kookie or sexually provocative the next.
Of course, all of this is set to songs made timeless by Sinatra. In all, there are 31 classics by the Chairman of the Board such as Fly Me to the Moon, Let’s Fall in Love, Makin’ Whoopee, My Way, Stardust, That’s Life and Teach Me Tonight. His vocals are enhanced by a 17-piece live big band with Dee Daniels as the club’s songstress adding her own musical touch.
From the 14 dancers, to the musicians, costumes, set and lighting, everything meshes flawlessly.
Come Fly With Me runs through Oct. 11 at the Alliance, 1280 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. For information, visit www.alliancetheatre.org.