Now the end is near for Sinatra

Alan Murrie as Frank Sinatra
Alan Murrie as Frank Sinatra

A NEW musical drama telling the tale of one of popular music’s all time greats is to preview in Markinch prior to a run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

‘Sinatra: The Final Curtain’

sees the legendary singer reflecting back over his life, lying in his hospital bed as “the end is near”.

The production comes from the Kingdom Theatre Company, a social enterprise which supports our Maggie’s Centre, and is directed by Tony Delicata.

The writer of the production, Fife Free Press columnist John Murray, says rehearsals are going well. “We have a cracking cast and the rehearsals are now well underway,” he said.

“We got Alan Murrie who is well known around Fife as a member of The Columbos. He plays the younger Sinatra in dream sequences, whilst Moray Innes plays the elder Frank and sings songs like ‘New York, New York’ from later in his career.”

John says he’s confident that the show is unique. He said: “I had a good look around and there’s not been anything like it.

“It’s completely new and it’s different from the Rat Pack shows which are out there. A lot of the dialogue comes from actual interviews or radio shows that he did. So whilst it’s a fictional piece obviously, a lot of it is based in fact.”

The idea came to John around a year ago and he said he’s done a lot of research. “I read his widow Barbara’s book as well as the ones his children wrote,” he said.

“There’s a bit of conflict about the last days of his life, but the fact is he was alone with just a young nurse when he died. Barbara had gone out and the young nurse wasn’t even sure who he was.

“So I began to wonder what it would have been like for him all alone in hospital on his death bed looking back over his life.”

John said he is happy with the show. “I’m really pleased with it and I think fans of Sinatra’s music will really enjoy it - and if there are younger people who’ve come to his music through people like Michael Buble, there’s something for them too.’’

The show’s debut performance will take place at Markinch Town Hall on Saturday June 29 and tickets are available from Style Conscience, High Street, Markinch or online at www. sinatrafinalcurtain.co.uk.

The production will then head for a run at the Fringe from August 9 – 24 (not 12 or 19) at Whitespace, 11 Gayfield Square,

Tickets are on sale now.