Producers have announced that a musical based on the early years and career of the late US singer Frank Sinatra will debut in Birmingham in September.
Best known for hits like My Way, Come Fly with Me, and New York, New York, the singer passed away in 1998.
On September 23, Sinatra: The Musical will have its global debut at the Birmingham Rep Theatre.
It will commemorate Sinatra’s performance there during his 1953 UK tour, which took place on the city’s 70th anniversary of his visit.
The singer’s daughter Tina Sinatra thinks the musical will reveal new details about her father’s life.
Joe DiPietro, a writer best known for What’s New Pussycat? and Memphis, collaborates on the production with Kathleen Marshall, a fellow Tony Award winner and director (Anything Goes and The Pajama Game).
On the influence of Ol’ Blue Eyes, DiPietro said: “When I was a kid, the kitchen of my grandmother had two photos hanging: one of the Pope, the other of Frank Sinatra.