Show puts sparkle back in Ol’ Blue Eyes

Moray Innes'Performs lead role in Sinatra: The Final Curtain , wrirtten by John Murray, & debuts at Edinburgh Festival August 2013
Moray Innes'Performs lead role in Sinatra: The Final Curtain , wrirtten by John Murray, & debuts at Edinburgh Festival August 2013
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THE curtain rose on a new Sinatra musical from Fife last week - and critics and audiences alike gave it their approval .

‘Sinatra: The Final Curtain’, written by Press columnist John Murray, staged its first previews in Edinburgh last week.

And the cast and team behind the new show were thrilled by the response.

Now they are counting down to its Fife debut before taking the finished show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.

The Kingdom Theatre Company Show made its debut as part of last week’s Leith Festival, and the preview show got a three-star review in The Scotsman.

It also had audiences on their feet.

John said: ‘‘We did four shows in Edinburgh and the response was excellent. We were all knocked out by the feedback.

‘‘When you see the show starting out on a page of paper and then going live it’s a fantastic feeling.’’

‘Sinatra: the Final Curtain’ tells the story of Ol’ Blue Eyes as he reflects on his incredible career.

Facing his own final curtain, he narrates the highs and lows to a nurse, and reprises his greatest songs one last time.

Alan Murrie, well known locally as lead singer of The Columbos, and Moray Innes share the lead roles.

Alan playes the younger Sinatra while Innes’ long-standing associations with leading Sinatra tribute acts make him the perfect choice as the singer in his later years.

‘‘It’s very much a show in progress,’’ said John, who wrote the script last summer, and worked with Kingdom Theatre Company - a social enterprise - to bring it to the stage.

He is confident it stands apart from all the Sinatra tribute shows as much of the dialogue comes from actual interviews or radio shows that he did - giving it a truly authentic feel.

Inspired to write it after reading several family members’ biographies, John believes it will appeal to more than just Sinatra fans - and he is looking forward to its Fife debut at the end of the month.

‘Sinatra: The Final Curtain’ comes to Markinch Town Hall on Saturday June 29 before returning across the Forth for an extended run at the Fringe.

‘‘It’s a fabulous hall to perform in,’’ said John.

‘‘It’s a great place to stage a live show.’’

Tickets for the show are available from Style Conscience, High Street, Markinch, and Secret Wardrobe, Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy.

They are also online at www.sinatrafinalcurtain.co.uk.

Fifers heading to the Fringe can see it at Whitespace, 11 Gayfield Square from August 9 – 24 (not 12 or 19) .