Earlier this week, you heard more about “Drinkin’-Singin’-Swingin’ Salute to Frank Sinatra – Sammy Davis Jr. – Dean Martin.” (Hopefully you already have your tickets. If not, you should!) But did you know that Rick Michel also has a solo show: “Sinatra Forever: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra”?
Michel has been performing all over Las Vegas for three decades and, in his current production of DSS, impersonates Dean Martin alongside a Sinatra impersonator. But in “Sinatra Forever,” Michel is flying solo, paying tribute to a singer he considers to be one of the best. “I think Frank Sinatra was the most articulate of all the pop and standard singers,” Michel said. “He made songs his own by uniquely phrasing the words to wrap around the melody line like no one else before him or since.”
And, according to press coverage, Michel can imitate those melody lines like no one else. Variety wrote in a recent magazine article, “He is the closest thing to Frank Sinatra we have ever heard.”
In “Sinatra Forever,” audiences can see Michel perform some of Sinatra’s biggest hits – such as “I’ve Got the World on a String” – as well as songs that the late-great singer might have enjoyed, tunes like Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and Roger Miller’s “King of the Road.” As his website states, Michel is not just impersonating Sinatra’s work, but also interpreting what the singer might have loved, become attached to, or sounded like when doing a cover song. (“Sinatra Forever,” by the way, is yet another production which features musicians who used to perform with Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. So much history packed into each show!)
“I have tried to touch upon all aspects of Mr. Sinatra’s life by choosing the variety of music that best represents his career,” Michel said.
Check out the shows page of Michel’s website for upcoming performances: http://www.rickmichel.com/shows/. You won’t want to miss it! Especially at the M Resort in Las Vegas February 23rd, 2013 where Rick will have his 24-piece orchestra including a string section.