Review: My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre)

| December 23, 2015

Carl Herzog stars in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly)         
      
My Way 

Conceived by Todd Olson, David Grapes
No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood (map)
thru Jan 31  |  tix: $29-$34   |  more info
       
Check for half-price tickets   


Now extended thru January 31st!

  

Sinatra tribute bursting with talent

  

Christopher Logan, Kyrie Anderson, Kevin Brown and Jake Saleh in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly)

    
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre presents
    
My Way…A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Review by Lauren Whalen 

Frank Sinatra was a man, a myth and a legend with remarkable peers, a fondness for social lubricant and a stunning, near-indescribable voice. At one point in Sinatra’s career, he sang upward of 100 songs a day, and he gave the simple career advice: “Sing good songs.” Sinatra’s “My Way” is oft-cited as the most covered song in history, and the crooner’s tombstone bears the title of the last song he sang in public: “The Best is Yet to Come.” Even his love life was fascinating: Frank once told then-girlfriend Shirley MacLaine, “I wish someone would hurt you, so I could kill him for you.” Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre pays a lovely tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes in their latest production, My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. The intimate setting of No Exit Café pairs wonderfully with the delightful group of singers and musicians to create a memorable evening of classic music.

Caitlin Boho and Carl Herzog star in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly)Theo Ubique has always employed dynamic performers with beautiful voices and engaging presence, and My Way’s cast is no different. Kyrie Anderson returns after her stellar turn in Theo Ubique’s Blood Brothers, and company veteran Christopher Logan joins in, fresh off his lead role as Peter Allen in Pride Films and Plays’ The Boy From Oz. They’re joined by newcomers Carl Herzog (whose voice is a dead ringer for Sinatra’s) and musical comedienne Caitlin Boho. Each performer brings both strength and endurance – the four are onstage for nearly the entire two-hour runtime, and never falter in their skill or enthusiasm. Musical director Jeremy Ramey also tickles a mean ivory, and rounding out the trio are Kevin Brown on drums and Jake Saleh on bass.

Striking the perfect balance between intimacy and grandeur was Sinatra’s forte, and both Ramey and director Fred Anzevino display a deep understanding of this essential quality. My Way’s quartet of singers and three-piece combo never overwhelm the audience with eardrum-blasting trills. They take their time, crooning hits like “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “Strangers in the Night” with sweet sensuality and palpable joy. Costume designer Bill Morey dresses the men in white tuxedos (the debonair Sinatra would approve) and the women in jewel-toned retro frocks, lending an elegant air to the evening. Maggie Portman’s choreography is a delightful mix of seamless movements through the cabaret space, swinging partner moves and show-stopping tap dancing. And scenic designer Adam Veness keeps it simple, with a pretty painting of Sinatra as backdrop, letting the music speak (or sing) for itself. My Way is emblematic of Theo Ubique’s team spirit and open heart, a scrappy yet skilled group of artists putting up gorgeous shows with a deceptively simple aesthetic.

Kevin Brown and Christopher Logan in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly) Carl Herzog and Caitlin Boho star in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly)Caitlin Boho, Carl Herzog, Kevin Brown, Kyrie Anderson and Christopher Logan in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly)Kevin Brown, Jake Saleh and Jeremy Ramey in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly) Christopher Logan and Kyrie Anderson in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly)Kevin Broan and Carl Herzog star in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly) Kyrie Anderson, Kevin Brown and Jake Saleh in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly)

Now extended through January 31, My Way is a delight from beginning to end. Fans of Theo Ubique will adore the show’s classic, intimate style, and newbies will enjoy a fitting introduction to one of Chicago’s best-kept theater secrets. If the winter blues are getting you down (or if you’d like to get out and enjoy the recent balmy temperatures), put on your Sunday best and head to Rogers Park for this energetic, unique tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes.

  
Rating: ★★★½
  
   

My Way continues through January 10th January 31st at No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood (map), with performances Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 7pm.  Tickets are $29-$34 (advanced dinner reservations available before the show for an additional $25), and are available by phone (800-595-4849) or online through Tix.com (check for half-price tickets at Goldstar.com). More information at Theo-U.com(Running time: 2 hours, includes an intermission)

Carl Herzog, Christopher Logan, Caitlin Boho and Kyrie Anderson in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly)

Photos by Cody Jolly


  

artists

cast

Kyrie Anderson, Caitlin Boho, Carl Herzog, Christopher Logan (singers), Jeremy Ramey (piano), Kevin Brown (drums), Jake Saleh (bass)

behind the scenes

Fred Anzevino (director), Jeremy Ramey (music director), Maggie Portman (choreographer), Courtney Crouse (assistant director), Mary-Catherine Mikalayunas (production stage manager), Adam Veness (scenic design), Maya Michele Fein (lighting design), Bill Morey (costume design), David Grapes (original production director), Vince di Mura (original piano and vocal arrangements), Stephen Kummer, Donald Jenzcka (additional arrangements), Vince di Mura (score conception and interpretive consultant), Cody Jolly (photos)

Caitlin Boho, Kevin Brown, Jake Saleh and Carl Herzog in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly)
Carl Herzog stars in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly) Christopher Logan and Kyrie Anderson in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra", directed by Fred Anzevino, music-directed by Jeremy Ramey. (photo credit: Cody Jolly)

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Category: 2015 Reviews, Extensions-Remounts, Lauren Whalen, Musical Revue, No Exit Cafe, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

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