Twyla Tharp
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Twyla Tharp
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Twyla Tharp's new show based on music performed by Frank Sinatra, Come Fly Away, will begin previews at the Marquis Theatre on March 1 in anticipation of a March 25 opening. The piece, conceived, choreographed and directed by Tharp, was previously seen at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre under the title Come Fly With Me.

The musical is described as "a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction." Songs will include "Fly Me To The Moon," "My Way," and "That's Life," and the show's score combines classic and newly discovered vocal performances from the Sinatra archives along with signature arrangements (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones) as well as brand new charts.

The Broadway production will feature a 19-piece big band and 15 dancers. The creative team will include James Youmans (scenic design), Katherine Roth (costuem design), Donald Holder (lighting design), and Peter McBoyle (sound design). Casting for the production will be announced at a later date.

Tharp has previously used Sinatra's music in her dance pieces Once More Frank, Nine Sinatra Songs, and Sinatra Suite. Similarly, she used Billy Joel songs for her Tony Award-winning musical Movin' Out and songs by Bob Dylan for Times They Are A-Changin'.