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THEATER GUIDE: DAVI SINGS SINATRA
Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +1
TIME: 120 minutes
STARRING: Robert Davi
DIRECTOR: Robert Davi
PRODUCERS: Robert Davi
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Passaggio Entertainment
WRITER: Robert Davi
BASED ON THE MUSIC BY: music and lyrics of the composers of the Great American Songbook- all original arrangements by Nic. ten Broek
CONTENT: (Ro, PP, BB) Romantic music with patriotic and pro-marriage, pro-family messages; no foul language but some sexual allusions; one song talks about sexual attraction; a reference to alcohol; and, nothing else objectionable.
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Older children and adults
REVIEWER: Dr. Ted Baehr
REVIEW: DAVI SINGS SINATRA is an entertaining, emotional, powerful, winsome, compelling musical production that refreshes Frank Sinatra’s classic music and takes the audience through a musical, social and personal journey.
Robert Davi not only acted alongside Sinatra in a movie, but he’s been a fan of Sinatra’s music since he grew up in Long Island in an Italian American family. In his early years, Davi studied opera and acting with some of the best in New York. After having performed in over 700 performances on stage he was cast in his first film with Frank Sinatra , and he’s been acting in feature films and television ever since. He has played the heavy in such iconic films as James Bond’s License to Kill, Goonies, Die Hard and a host of other films but he also starred as the hero in NBC’s groundbreaking crime drama Profiler for 4 seasons as FBI profiler Bailey Malone. He recently directed his first movie, THE DUKES, which has won 9 international awards.
In his love for Sinatra’s music, Robert has put together a magnificent musical production for the stage, with a 55 piece big band orchestra. He considers Frank Sinatra’s interpretation of the great America songbook and the men who wrote the music to be “the Shakespeare of America,” and his musical stage production is a tribute to Sinatra ,the Great American Songbook and America.
Whatever you thought of Frank Sinatra, you will be blessed and impressed by Robert Davi’s interpretation of Sinatra’s great music. He has chosen some of Sinatra’s most famous songs and some that are less well known. This gives breadth and depth to the evening and keeps the audience involved. Some of the songs focus on romance and are not as child friendly as they could be, but all of it is great listening and must see live entertainment.
Most remarkably, Davi brought to the American Songbook something that other current singers of the American Songbook do not possess: a truly great voice—a darkly rich, and colorfully nuanced vocal tone that is able to plume the depth of a song and bring to the surface what the composer really intended, along with the emotional depth of an actor in full command of his powers. In this sense, Davi has done an admirable job in living up to the high artistic standards of the master himself. Indeed, Davi’s extraordinary accomplishment is that his beautiful baritone calls to mind the art of Sinatra, but is not, in any sense, a Sinatra interpreter; rather, he is an artist that has his own voice. He did it his way!! Could there be any greater tribute to Sinatra himself?
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