Fisher Theatre opens season with ‘Come Fly Away’

By |2011-09-01T09:00:00-04:00September 1st, 2011|Entertainment|

The new Broadway musical “Come Fly Away,” conceived, choreographed and directed by Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp and by special arrangement with the Frank Sinatra Family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, will open at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 13
“Come Fly Away” follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a live on-stage big band and 14 of the world’s finest dancers, “Come Fly Away” weaves an unparalleled hit parade of classics, including “Fly Me To The Moon,” “My Way,” and “That’s Life,” into a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction.
The show’s score combines classic and newly discovered vocal performances from the Sinatra archives along with signature arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones, among others, and brand new charts, for this fresh innovative musical.
“Come Fly Away,” which premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in September 2009 and opened on Broadway in March 2010, is the next and most elaborate chapter in one of the most fruitful collaborations in contemporary dance. Twyla Tharp’s creative relationship with the music of Frank Sinatra began in 1976 with the premiere of “Once More Frank,” a duet created for the American Ballet Theatre, performed by Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov. The collaboration continued with “Nine Sinatra Songs,” Tharp’s acclaimed piece for 14 dancers, which had its world premiere with Twyla Tharp Dance in 1982, and was followed by “Sinatra Suite,” a duet featuring Baryshnikov and Elaine Kudo, which had its world premiere in 1984 with American Ballet Theatre at the Kennedy Center. Sinatra requested “Sinatra Suite” be performed when he received his Kennedy Center Honors Award, citing it as one of the purest expressions of his body of work.
Performance times for “Come Fly Away,” appearing Sept. 13 – 25 at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd., in Detroit, are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of “Come Fly Away” range from $39-$89 (including parking and facility fees) and are now on sale at the Fisher Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are also available for purchase online at or, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. Limited premium seats are available at the box office only. For group sales (12 or more) please call 313-871-1132.
For additional information, call 313-872-1000.

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