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By Dianne R. Davis
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“I can tell you this without a shadow of a doubt, this man is as close as you can come, as close as you can come, to the greatness of Mr. Sinatra.” High words of praise for Bob Anderson, star of Frank The Man. The Music now playing at the Palazzo.

The accolades come not from a reviewer who never saw Frank perform, but from Vince Falcone, a man who spent close to ten years as Frank Sinatra’s Musical Conductor. Now, Falcone is serving in the same capacity for Bob Anderson as he takes audience members on a journey back in time to hear and see a man who many believe was one of the greatest entertainers of all times. Producer Steven Eich has put together a show that is a must see for any Vegas visitor or resident who appreciated the talents of “Ol Blue Eyes”.

Bob Anderson as Frank Sinatra
Photo credit: Dianne R. Davis

Another Sinatra impersonator? No. The Sinatra impressionist. Bob Anderson spent close to three years preparing to pay tribute to Frank Sinatra with this show. And it shows. Bob opens the production with “Come Fly With Me” and we do. He sings “Maybe This Time” and we know for sure that this time we are hearing the ultimate tribute to Frank Sinatra.  

But we are not just hearing it. We are seeing it. Prior to each performance, Bob Anderson spends more than two hours in the chair as makeup master Kazu Tsuji, one of the highest-regarded individuals practicing this craft, makes over Anderson into Sinatra, right down to the contacts that assure the audience of the “ol blue eyes.”

When Anderson steps on to the stage following the opening musical medley, you will believe that you are seeing Frank Sinatra. And when Anderson begins to sing, you will be sure that Frank has come back to sing for you. The mannerisms, the posture, the gestures, the phraseology; It is Frank Sinatra on stage. I want to believe it, so will you.

Bob Anderson Frank Sinatra
Photo credit: Dianne R. Davis

“I’m just gonna sing a few songs and tell a few stories.” he says. You’ll hear “Just the Way You Look Tonight”, “Luck Be A Lady”, “You Make Me Feel So Young” and so many others.  

Throughout the show, Anderson embraces the Sinatra style of recognizing the composers as he credits Cole Porter, Nelson Riddle, Rodgers & Hart, Cy Coleman, and Vegas area resident composer Artie Schroeck, among others.

Frank Sinatra by Bob Anderson
Photo credit: Dianne R. Davis

We are mesmerized as Bob in a beige trench coat with Sinatra’s trademark cigarette, and Vince Falcone at the piano  do “One for My Baby (And One More for The Road.” ) This one is for all of us who appreciated the immense talent of Frank Sinatra, for the those who never had the chance to see him, and for anyone who wants to see an old school Vegas show with a 32 piece orchestra.

Before the evening is over, you’ll hear “New York, New York”, “Witchcraft”, “Strangers in the Night”, “That’s Life” and “Summer Wind”. Bob concludes the evening with the hit composition by Paul Anka, “My Way”. This is first class entertainment for Frank Sinatra fans or music lovers who want to see it done right. Go see Frank, The Man. The Music.

Vince Falcone Bob Anderson Frank The Man The Music 1
Photo credit: Dianne R. Davis

“FRANK – The Man. The Music.” performs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Fridays at 9 p.m. at The Palazzo Theatre.

 

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