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FRANK. THE MAN. THE MUSIC. ****** Located at the Palazzo Las Vegas this show starring Bob Anderson is a tribute to one of the most legendary entertainers in history: Frank Sinatra. The journey back in time begins with the theater, which definitely possesses that retro feel to it, with a section of VIP tables in the front to make it look like a 1950s night club. Even though everybody else gets to occupy just plain concert venue seats, the feeling of revisiting the past is heightened by the stage, with an old- fashioned curtain (it actually changes color depending  on the lighting, a great tool to set the mood during different songs) and the festively dressed audience. Many ladies rocked vintage outfits and since I usually wear 50s fashions anyway I felt right at home, delighted that for once I did not attract quizzical looks and puzzled expressions often directed at my crinolined attire and veiled headgear. The event itself starts with a live broadcast (there are two big screens on the sides) of the artist getting ready and soon enough he joins the 32-piece orchestra, all dressed in tuxedos, to perform some of Frank’s best known songs. The musicians are an absolute pleasure to watch, despite their professionalism they never lose the lightness and joy that also emanates onto the spectators. You could see that there was a lot of loving effort put into this show: I really appreciated the attention to detail and striving towards authenticity.  Bob Anderson’s appearance has been altered to closely resemble Sinatra and his voice sounds uncannily similar to the original. He even imitates certain moves and mannerisms displayed by the late singer, drinks whisky and smokes on stage while managing not to stumble over an old-fashioned microphone with a very long cord. Between numbers this very talented imitator talks to the audience as if he were Frank, tells a few amusing anecdotes and generally succeeds in conveying the essence of Sinatra. Does he have the incredible charisma that made Ol’ Blue Eyes such a phenomenon? Well, not quite, but then let’s be honest: if anybody else were as charming as the real Frank, then he would have never achieved such a cult status, would he? Nonetheless Mr. Anderson is doing an excellent job: both his demeanor and vocal merits serve well to accentuate the artist’s larger-than-life persona. My only criticism at this point would be that he seemed a bit stiff at the beginning, but as he warmed up he became very natural in his role and was able to truly capture the audience, who were cheering, laughing and singing along. I myself got carried away in the moment, teleported myself into the past and actually almost believed this was the genuine thing. Oh, what a lovely, nostalgic trip it was! Isn’t time-travel just fabulous? Seriously, if only I had “Doc” Brown’s magic car, I would mostly reside in the 1950s (fantastic puffy dresses and awesome, very nutritious cocktails) and the 1980s (great music plus deliciously scary clothing and hairdos).  The 1.5 hour show contains a mixture of Sinatra’s biggest hits and some of his less known pieces. Personally I was somewhat disappointed that my two favorite songs did not make the cut, namely “Moon River” and “It Was a Very Good Year”. By the way that is something you should know in advance: not all his most popular hits are going to be featured during this event. However, I think that every Sinatra fan will probably still end up enjoying the selection. I would certainly recommend this concert to anybody who loves Ol’ Blue Eyes and wants to experience something as close to the authentic performance as possible nowadays. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get all dressed up, grab your Darling and spend an elegant, romantic evening of musical enchantment without the ever-present terror of a typical Las Vegas show. So breathe a sigh of relief as this time you will surely not be tortured by the aerial silks, pantomime routines, dubious stand-up comedy or the unwilling humiliation of some unfortunate sap pulled onto the stage from the audience. There will just be Frank, the music, the man, doing it his way.
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FRANK. THE MAN. THE MUSIC. ****** Located at the Palazzo Las Vegas this show starring Bob Anderson is a tribute to one of the most legendary entertainers in history: Frank Sinatra. The journey back in time begins with the theater, which definitely possesses that retro feel to it, with a section of VIP tables in the front to make it look like a 1950s night club. Even though everybody else gets to occupy just plain concert venue seats, the feeling of revisiting the past is heightened by the stage, with an old- fashioned curtain (it actually changes color depending  on the lighting, a great tool to set the mood during different songs) and the festively dressed audience. Many ladies rocked vintage outfits and since I usually wear 50s fashions anyway I felt right at home, delighted that for once I did not attract quizzical looks and puzzled expressions often directed at my crinolined attire and veiled headgear. The event itself starts with a live broadcast (there are two big screens on the sides) of the artist getting ready and soon enough he joins the 32-piece orchestra, all dressed in tuxedos, to perform some of Frank’s best known songs. The musicians are an absolute pleasure to watch, despite their professionalism they never lose the lightness and joy that also emanates onto the spectators. You could see that there was a lot of loving effort put into this show: I really appreciated the attention to detail and striving towards authenticity.  Bob Anderson’s appearance has been altered to closely resemble Sinatra and his voice sounds uncannily similar to the original. He even imitates certain moves and mannerisms displayed by the late singer, drinks whisky and smokes on stage while managing not to stumble over an old-fashioned microphone with a very long cord. Between numbers this very talented imitator talks to the audience as if he were Frank, tells a few amusing anecdotes and generally succeeds in conveying the essence of Sinatra. Does he have the incredible charisma that made Ol’ Blue Eyes such a phenomenon? Well, not quite, but then let’s be honest: if anybody else were as charming as the real Frank, then he would have never achieved such a cult status, would he? Nonetheless Mr. Anderson is doing an excellent job: both his demeanor and vocal merits serve well to accentuate the artist’s larger-than-life persona. My only criticism at this point would be that he seemed a bit stiff at the beginning, but as he warmed up he became very natural in his role and was able to truly capture the audience, who were cheering, laughing and singing along. I myself got carried away in the moment, teleported myself into the past and actually almost believed this was the genuine thing. Oh, what a lovely, nostalgic trip it was! Isn’t time- travel just fabulous? Seriously, if only I had “Doc” Brown’s magic car, I would mostly reside in the 1950s (fantastic puffy dresses and awesome, very nutritious cocktails) and the 1980s (great music plus deliciously scary clothing and hairdos).  The 1.5 hour show contains a mixture of Sinatra’s biggest hits and some of his less known pieces. Personally I was somewhat disappointed that my two favorite songs did not make the cut, namely “Moon River” and “It Was a Very Good Year”. By the way that is something you should know in advance: not all his most popular hits are going to be featured during this event. However, I think that every Sinatra fan will probably still end up enjoying the selection. I would certainly recommend this concert to anybody who loves Ol’ Blue Eyes and wants to experience something as close to the authentic performance as possible nowadays. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get all dressed up, grab your Darling and spend an elegant, romantic evening of musical enchantment without the ever-present terror of a typical Las Vegas show. So breathe a sigh of relief as this time you will surely not be tortured by the aerial silks, pantomime routines, dubious stand-up comedy or the unwilling humiliation of some unfortunate sap pulled onto the stage from the audience. There will just be Frank, the music, the man, doing it his way.
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