The musical is set to begin performances at the Birmingham Rep from the 23rd September.

Full casting has now been confirmed for Sinatra the Musical which will play at the Birmingham Rep until the 28th October. Joining the previously announced Tony Award winner Matt Doyle as Frank Sinatra will be: Ana Villafañe as Ava Gardner and Phoebe Panaretos as Frank’s first wife, Nancy Sinatra, alongside Dawn Buckland as Dolly Sinatra, Vincent Riotta as Marty Sinatra, and Carl Patrick as George Evans. The role of Little Nancy will be shared by Amelia Connor, Effie Gell and Isla Granville.

The company will be completed by  Maddy Ambus (as Marlene Dietrich), Lindsay Atherton (as Swing), Tyler Orphé Baker (as Nat King Cole), Greg Bernstein (as Gene Kelly), Samara Casteallo (as Ensemble), Helen Colby (as Hedda Hopper) Alastair Crosswell (as Ensemble), Frances Dee (as Judy Garland), Alex Gibson-Giorgio (as Nelson Riddle), Ryesha Higgs (as Billie Holiday), Stevie Hutchinson (as Lee Mortimer), Lottie Power (as Lana Turner), Spin (as Sammy Davis, Jr) and John Stacey (as Mitch Miller).

Directed by Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes), the musical has been penned by Joe DiPietro (Memphis, What’s New Pussycat?) and will feature over 25 of Sinatra’s famed songs.

t is New Year’s Eve, 1942, and a skinny 27-year-old Italian American singer is about to step onto the stage of New York’s Paramount Theatre and give a performance that will change music history. As Frank Sinatra’s career suddenly skyrockets, he struggles with balancing the love of his wife, Nancy, against the demands and temptations of being the most popular singer in America. But when he begins a torrid affair with movie goddess Ava Gardner, his records stop selling and the press turns against him, sending his career into a tailspin. Driven by his devotion to his family, Sinatra employs his peerless artistry and dogged determination to stage the greatest comeback in showbiz history.

The creative team includes: Gareth Valentine (music supervisor), Mark Aspinall (musical director), Sam Young (associate musical director), Peter McKintosh (set designer), Jon Morrell (costume designer), Tim Mitchell (lighting designer), Paul Groothuis (sound designer), Akhila Krishnan (video designer), Campbell Young (wigs, hair and make-up designer), Larry Blank and John Clayton (orchestrators), Ian Eisendrath (arranger), David Chase (dance arrangements), David Grindrod and Will Burton (UK casting directors), Jim Carnahan (US casting director), Jason Thinger (US casting Carnahan), Stevan Mijailovic (associate director), and Carol Lee Meadows (associate choreographer). 

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