Friday, July 22, 2011

Broadway Grand Rapids Presents "Come Fly Away"

The new Broadway musical, COME FLY AWAY, conceived, choreographed, and directed by Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp and by special arrangement with the Frank Sinatra Family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, will open at DeVos Performance Hall on Tuesday, October 4 through Sunday, October 9, 2011. Tickets go on sale Sunday, August 7 at 10am to the general public with tickets from $27.50. Presale tickets are available Wednesday, July 27 at 9am to members of the Broadway Grand Rapids Eclub. To join the Eclub and receive exclusive presale offers to upcoming shows visit

COME FLY AWAY is a co-presentation of Broadway Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Ballet Company. The Grand Rapids Ballet Company is thrilled to see Twyla Tharp's choreography returning to West Michigan. Last season's Ballet presentation of the Twyla Tharp choreographed NINE SINATRA SONGS was a runaway hit! COME FLY AWAY is sure to be just as spectacular, combining Twyla Tharp's choreography and Frank Sinatra's crooning once again. Broadway Grand Rapids hopes to build on the excitement and interest in dance generated by nine Sinatra songs, and create a wonderful experience for both theater and dance audiences.

The COME FLY AWAY cast has been invited to participate in the ArtPrize 2011 grand finale and closing ceremonies on Thursday, October 6 at DeVos Performance Hall. The cast will perform as lead-in to the suspense and surprise of the winners’ announcement. Due to this exciting collaboration, the Thursday 7:30pm performance of COME FLY AWAY has been cancelled. Broadway Grand Rapids Thursday night season ticket holders will be given the choice of attending one of the other seven performances.

COME FLY AWAY follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a live on-stage big band and 14 of the world’s finest dancers, COME FLY AWAY weaves an unparalleled hit parade of classics, including “Fly Me To The Moon,” “My Way,” and “That’s Life,” into a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction.

Charles Isherwood of The New York Times calls COME FLY AWAY, “Spectacular and dazzling! This is a major new work, with a stage full of brilliant performers. Twyla Tharp’s electrifying celebration of the music of Frank Sinatra will sweep you up in a complete spell.” Linda Winer of Newsday calls the show “A dangerously gorgeous dance adventure,” while Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press calls the show “Astonishing-- A love letter to romance, not to mention the man and his music, with eight marvelous leads and an orchestra of sterling musicians.” And Richard Zoglin of Time Magazine states simply, “COME FLY AWAY delivers the purest jolt of pleasure to be found on a Broadway stage.”

The show’s score combines classic and newly discovered vocal performances from the Sinatra archives, along with Sinatra’s signature arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Quincy Jones, among others, and brand new charts, for this fresh innovative musical.

COME FLY AWAY is affordably priced from $27.50 and will perform 7 shows at DeVos Performance Hall from October 4-9, 2011. Tickets go on sale August 7, 2011. Tickets may be purchased at the DeVos Performance Hall box office, all Ticketmaster locations, or via phone at 1-800-745-3000. Group discounts are available by calling 616-742-6185 or by e-mailing

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