BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — ‚ÄúGenius‚ÄĚ is a moniker few can carry with authenticity. It is what Dominic Garvey, Carousel Music Theater Artistic Director Emeritus and creator of the Sinatra cabaret premiering this week in its entirety, calls Frank Sinatra as he, Garvey, talks about Old Blue Eyes‚Äô life, loves, passions and performances.
Sinatra‚Äôs ‚Äúgenius‚ÄĚ according to Garvey was ‚Äúhis incredible ability to get to the heart of a really good song and communicate it. Some people loved him and some thought he was evil incarnate.‚ÄĚ Garvey tells the tale of two women from his early life ‚Äď sisters: one of whom loved Sinatra and one who detested him. The one who detested the icon did so because of Sinatra‚Äôs evil side ‚Äď his multiple marriages and his possible connection to the Mafia. Garvey notes, ‚ÄúGenius does not direct one‚Äôs personal life in any way, shape or form.‚ÄĚ The one who loved Sinatra took Garvey to see him at the Masbaum Theater in Philadelphia in 1942. Seeing Sinatra is a memory that has returned through the years, calling Garvey to read, study and collect all he could about Frank and his life and his works.
Sinatra got noticed in a world so full of performers because, Garvey explains, Frank bucked the system. ‚ÄúSingers in the Big Band era were considered as ‚Äėanother instrument‚Äô in the orchestra. Sinatra was the first to strike out on his own.‚ÄĚ In short, Sinatra could truly say, ‚ÄúI Did It My Way.‚ÄĚ
With so many hits, choosing selections to be showcased in the cabaret had to be difficult. Garvey says he tended to let biggest record sales and tunes from the movies inspire his choices. Over the years, performers of all stripes have chosen to sing Sinatra hits and the talented Carousel cast members are eager to bring their own voices to these legendary songs. ‚ÄúListening is a way of reminding us of what Sinatra and a great song is able to do to us,‚ÄĚ says Garvey.
As always, the Carousel cabaret is performed while the audience dines. Accompanying the theater‚Äôs deli choices now through October 8 will be Sinatra‚Äôs delightful musical selections ‚Äď from ‚ÄúHigh Hopes‚ÄĚ to ‚ÄúOur Love is Here to Stay‚ÄĚ to ‚ÄúChicago‚ÄĚ to, yes, of course, ‚ÄúI Did It My Way‚ÄĚ and much more – food for the body and music for the soul.
Carousel‚Äôs Sinatra cabaret is paired with the after dinner stage show ‚ÄúPhantom of the Grand Ole Opry.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúPhantom‚ÄĚ features some of Elvis‚Äô most memorable tunes ensconced in a melodrama about a young girl who just wants to sing ‚Äúat the Grand Ole Opry (da,da,da,da ‚Äď shades of that other Phantom and Opera story) in Nashville.‚ÄĚ Complete with a villain and a hero, it‚Äôs the perfect ending to a night of musical entertainment.
Carousel Music Theatre begins seating at 6:30, Tuesdays through Sundays, and reservations are suggested. For more information and to make reservations, call 633-5297 or log on to www.carouselmusictheater.org.
Contact Name: Robb Barnard and/or Brian McKenna
Telephone Number: (207)633-5297