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Friday, October 23, 2015

USA: “OUR SINATRA” Centennial Celebration Limited Engagement Nov 13-Dec 26!

“STUNNING! An utterly winning tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes.”
“SUPERIOR ENTERTAINMENT!”
(Stephen Holden - The New York Times)
“OUR SINATRA: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION” A RETURN ENGAGEMENT
WITH
ERIC COMSTOCK, CHRISTOPHER GINES & HARMONY KEENEY
CELEBRATING ITS 15th ANNIVERSAY (2000-2015) & THE SINATRA CENTENNIAL (1915-2015) DIRECTED BY KURT STAMM AND PRODUCTION SUPERVISION BY RICHARD MALTBY, JR.

CAFÉ NOCTAMBULO (178 2
ND AVENUE – BETWEEN 11th & 12th Streets)
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS IN NOVEMBER & DECEMEBER
TWO SHOWS NIGHTLY AT 7PM & 9PM
PERFORMANCES BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 13 
New York, NY (10/16/15) – “Our Sinatra: A Musical Celebration,” the critically acclaimed musical saluting and honoring the music of Frank Sinatra, will mark its 15th Anniversary (2000-2015) and celebrate the Centennial (1915-2015) of one of our greatest American vocalists in a return engagement of the award- winning production. Beginning Friday, November 13 (and playing through December 26), original cast members Eric Comstock and Christopher Gines will be joined by jazz vocalist Harmony Keeney to offer an evening of swinging tunes and romantic ballads from Ol’ Blue Eyes at Café Noctambulo (at Pangea) (178 2nd Avenue – between 11th & 12th Streets). Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm & 9pm. (There are no shows on December 4th). The music charges are $40 & $60 (ringside) in advance and $50 & $70 (ringside) at the door. In addition, there is a $20 food & beverage minimum requirement. Doors open at 6pm for cocktails and dinner.

For reservations please call
212-995-0900 or visit www.eventbrite.com

257 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10019 P: (646) 234–5716 E: richard@richardhillmanpr.com www.richardhillmanpr.com

Our Sinatra is a celebration of the magic and music of the legendary Frank Sinatra. The show features over 50 Sinatra classics including such songs from his early years as All or Nothing at All (his very first recording), I’ll Never Smile Again and Oh, Look at Me Now, from his movie career (My Kind of Town, All the Way), his saloon songs (One for My Baby, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning) and his hits from the 50s & 60s (Night and Day, Fly Me to the Moon, The Lady is a Tramp).

Conceived by Eric Comstock, Hilary Kole and Christopher Gines, Our Sinatra originally opened at the Algonquin Hotel’s famed Oak Room in August of 1999 before it was expanded as an Off-Broadway show at the Blue Angel Theatre in December of 1999. By the time it finished its run in July 2002 it had amassed 1,114 performances. Our Sinatra played off-Broadway at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club from November 2003 through March 2004. In addition to the New York productions over the past fifteen years and its two national tours, Our Sinatra has played at numerous theatres around the Country. The show played a sold out celebratory 10th anniversary production at the famed Algonquin Hotel and followed with a reunion at Feinstein’s At The Regency in January of 2012. In 2013, Our Sinatra enjoyed a triumphant engagement in Saugatuck, Michigan featuring Tony DeSare, as well as a week at 54 Below. The most recent engagements include a sold out week at Birdland in July 2014 and at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, New York in February 2015. Directed by Kurt Stamm with Production Supervision by Richard Maltby, Jr., Our Sinatra is produced by Jack Lewin and Christopher Gines.

BIOS ___________
Eric Comstock (“Suave, smart, funny and utterly delightful...” - The New York Times) is as entertaining as he is musically savvy. Star/co-creator of Our Sinatra (4 years Off Broadway), Carnegie Hall (salutes to Peggy Lee and Harold Arlen), Lincoln Center's American Songbook, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 92nd Street Y, jazz festivals/nightclubs everywhere. Latest CD: “Bitter/Sweet” (iTunes). Performer/commentator: PBS, CNN, Sirius/XM, BBC, Radio France, CBS’s Early Show, and NPR’s Morning Edition, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and JazzSet. Eric and Barbara Fasano (2013 MAC Award: Major Duo Artists) teach the American Songbook at Sanford Meisner’s legendary acting conservatory, the Neighborhood Playhouse. Their acclaimed show Shoulder Season returns to Metropolitan Room later this year. Eric is also performing a limited run of Tuesdays at New York’s newest intimate performance venue Café Noctambulo.

Christopher Gines has been in professional show business since he was eleven years old, and has spent more than two decades as a crooner of classic American Songbook and jazz standards, performing around the country and internationally in clubs, cabarets, festivals, theaters and performing arts centers, notably The Algonquin's Oak Room (debut), The Rainbow Room, Birdland Jazz Club, The Colony, Feinstein's At The Regency, 54 Below, Town Hall, Garden State Arts Center, The Kravis Center, and Lincoln Center. He conceived and was a creator and star of the award-winning, critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway hit revue "Our Sinatra, A Musical Celebration," which ran for 1,300 performances, spawned two regional and national tours and continues to be produced regularly since its premiere in 1999. Gines is also a creator and star of "Singing Astaire: A Fred Astaire Songbook.” He has recorded two albums: "Christopher Gines Sings Charles DeForest,” featuring songs by the legendary composer/entertainer, and "The Way It Goes,” a set of contemporary standards.

Harmony Keeney Jazz singer and songwriter Harmony Keeney arrived on the New York music scene in 2006 and quickly garnered the praise of musicians and critics alike. She has since appeared at some of the city's top venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Algonquin's Oak Room, and the world-renowned jazz club, Birdland. In 2014, Harmony released three new singles: a charming update of the Nina Simone classic, “My Baby Just Cares For Me,” along with originals, “I Was Wrong About You” and “You’ve Got A Lot Of Nerve,” which showcase her songwriting versatility. Produced by Tony DeSare, the recordings and their accompanying videos capture Harmony’s unique combination of sophistication, vulnerability, and joyful swing. Having first joined the cast of Our Sinatra in 2007, Harmony is thrilled to be singing the songs of Ol’ Blue Eyes once again. 
Our Sinatra ‘15
Christopher Gines, Harmony Keeney, Eric Comstock
(Photo: James Smith)
What Critics Have Said About Our Sinatra.....
Our Sinatra stands as a monument to Sinatra’s musical tastes.”
(Clive Barnes, NY Post)
“Sophisticated...High wit, effortless rhyme and romance.”
(Daniel Gewertz, Boston Globe)
“Sexy, charming and funny! A marvelous time is had by all.”
(Rex Reed, The Observer)
“Movingly presented...an affectionate musically satisfying tip of the hat to Sinatra.”
(Jonathan Schwartz)
“Delightful....fast-paced, astutely assembled. A roller-coaster ride! A perfect note of nostalgia.”
(George Kanzler, The Star-Ledger)
“A sweet concoction! Three fine singers celebrate (Sinatra’s) musical taste, do it their way, and fly you to the moon.”
(Jess Cagle, Entertainment Weekly)