Sinatra and Me features celebrated British performer, Richard Shelton who has been described as “one of the world’s finest Sinatra interpreters”. The dazzling big band international show will come to South Africa in 2019. Richard Shelton is an award-winning actor and singer and his show comes directly from the West End and Los Angeles. He will be accompanied on stage by Adam Howard’s 17-piece Joburg Big Band.
Sinatra and Me kicks off in Durban at the Rockwood Theatre on 12 March 2019 with four shows before heading to Gauteng, The Mandela at Joburg Theatre from 21 March, and is bound to hit all the high notes with Sinatra fans.
“I’m very excited to be making my first visit to South Africa,” says Richard Shelton, “And being in the position to combine my two passions, travel and the music of Frank Sinatra. It is the perfect way to make what I hope will be the first of many visits to South Africa.”
Talking about the show, Shelton says: “The show focuses on the wonderful music of Sinatra with hits including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Fly Me to the Moon, It Was a Very Good Year’and One For My Baby, as well as lesser known hits, including a very intimate rendition of My Foolish Heart.
Sinatra and Me: Richard Shelton and his Sinatra connection
“The show is brought together with a narrative that looks at my time starring as Sinatra in London’s West End to the synchronicity between our lives, borne out by many incredible coincidences in LA including how his tuxedo literally walked into my life, a fact which was verified by Sir Roger Moore (James Bond) on live TV,” says Shelton. “I was also one of the last people to be inside Sinatra’s last home as it was being demolished. We also have original music in the show including the title track scored for a big-band arrangement, Sinatra and Me, which we recorded in East West Studios, LA, where Sinatra recorded My Way and A Very Good Year.”
Shelton received a ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ award for his performance as Frank Sinatra in Rat Pack Confidential. He has performed for HRH Prince Charles at Windsor Castle, for Sir Elton John at his ‘White Tie and Tiara Ball‘, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Big Band, at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and on countless international TV and radio shows.
As an actor, Richard is known to British TV audiences for playing series regular Dr Adam Forsythe in the TV show Emmerdale. Richard recently made his US TV debut playing Mr Benson in House of Lies.
What: Sinatra and Me
Dates: 12 to 17 March 2019
Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm
Ticket prices: R200
Venue: Rockwood Theatre
Date: 20 March 2019
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Dates: 21 to 24 March 2019
Time: Thursday and Sunday at 3pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Ticket prices: From R150 to R400
Venue: Joburg Theatre (The Mandela)
Date: 27 March 2019
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Dates: 29 March 2019
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Date: 30 March 2019
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