Come Fly With Me


Tharp’s long-standing relationship to the music of Frank Sinatra began with a pure-dance duet in 1976 (Once More, Frank). This developed into a character study for fourteen dancers in 1982 (Nine Sinatra Songs), and later, a dramatic, narrative duet (Sinatra Suite). 

Come Fly With Me marks the beginning of a series of large-scale productions that combine Tharp’s choreography with Sinatra’s recorded voice accompanied by a live band. The show follows eight characters through shifting affections and allegiances, revealing the complexities and conflicts that arise in one evening. 


  • Come Fly With Me
    The cast in dress rehearsal. ©Greg Victor
  • Come Fly With Me
    Dibble (jumping) and cast in dress rehearsal. ©Greg Victor
  • Selya and Farmer rehearse. ©Greg Victor


A brief excerpt from a workshop performance in New York, 2008.
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Music Program:

List of songs in order of appearance:

1. Stardust
Composed by Hoagy Carmichael – 1927
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish – 1929
From the album “Sinatra and Strings”
Released on Reprise Records – 1962

2. I’ve Got The World On A String
Composed by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
From the album “This Is Sinatra”
Released by Capitol Records – 1956

3. Let’s Fall in Love
Words and Music by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen – 1933
Recorded by Sinatra – 1960
Released by Bourne Co.

4. What a Wonderful World
Composed by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss – 1968

5. Summer Wind
Composed by Henry Mayer
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer – 1965
From the album “Strangers in the Night”
Released by Reprise Records – 1966

6. Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
Words and Music by Bart Howard – 1954
From the album “It Might As Well Be Swing”
Released by Reprise Records – 1964

7. I’ve Got a Crush On You
Composed by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin – 1930
Originally recorded by Sinatra – 1947

8. Body and Soul
Composed by Johnny Green
Lyrics by Frank Eyton, Edward Heyman and Robert B. Sour – 1930
From the album “Frankly Sentimental”
Released by Columbia Records – 1949

9. It’s All Right With Me
Words and Music by Cole Porter
Recorded by Sinatra for the film “Can-Can” – 1960

10. You Make Me Feel So Young
Composed by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon – 1946
From the album “Sinatra at the Sands”
Released by Reprise Records – 1966

11. The September Of My Years
Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
From the album “September of my Years”
Released by Reprise Records – 1965

12. Witchcraft
Composed by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh – 1957
From the album “All The Way”
Released by Capitol Records – 1961

13. Learnin’ the Blues
Written by Dolores Vicki Silvers – 1955
From the album “Sinatra-Basie: An Historical Musical First”
Released by Reprise Records – 1962

14. That’s Life
Written by Dean Kay and Kelly L. Gordon
From the album “That’s Life”
Released by Reprise records – 1966

15. Nice ‘n’ Easy
Composed by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Keith and Lew Spence
From the album “Nice ‘n’ Easy”
Released by Capitol Records - 1960

16. Makin’ Whoopee
Composed by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
From the album “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers”
Released by Capitol Records – 1956

17. Jumpin’ at the Woodside
Written by Count Basie and Jon Hendricks
From the album “Count Basie Live At The Sands (Before Frank)”
Released by Reprise records – 1998

18. Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week
Composed by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Released by Columbia Records – 1944

19. I’m Gonna Live ‘Til I Die
Words and music by Al Hoffman, Walter Kent and Manny Kurtz
From the B-side “Melody Of Love”
Released by Capitol Records – 1955

20. Pick Yourself Up
Composed by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields – 1936
From the album “Sinatra and Swingin’ Brass”
Released by Reprise Records – 1962

21. How Deep Is The Ocean?
Words and Music by Irving Berlin – 1932
From the album “Nice ‘n’ Easy”
Released by Capitol Records - 1960

22. Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Words and Music by Irving Berlin – 1936
From the album “Ring-a-Ding-Ding”
Released by Reprise Records – 1961

23. Teach Me Tonight
Composed by Gene De Paul
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn – 1953
From the album “L.A. Is My Lady”
Released by Warner Bros. Records – 1984

24. Take Five
Composed by Paul Desmond – 1959
Originally Performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet

25. Just Friends
Composed by John Klenner
Lyrics by Sam M. Lewis – 1931
From the album “No One Cares”
Released by Capitol Records – 1959

26. Lean Baby
Written by Roy Alfred and Billy May
From the album “Swing Easy”
Released by Capitol Records – 1954

27. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)

Written by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen – 1943

From the album “Sinatra at the Sands”

Released by Reprise Records – 1966

28. My Funny Valentine
Words and music by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart – 1937
From the album “Songs for Young Lovers”
Released by Capitol Records – 1954

29. Airmail Special
Composed by Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman and James Mundy

30. My Way
Composed by Claude Francois and Jacques Revaux – 1967
Lyrics by Paul Anka – 1968
From the album “My Way”
Released by Reprise Records – 1969

31. New York, New York (Theme)

Composed by John Kander

Lyrics by Fred Ebb
From the album “Trilogy: Past, Present and Future”

Released by Reprise Records – 1980

32. All The Way
Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
From the film “The Joker is Wild” – 1957

Performance History

Atlanta, GA
September 23, 2009

Come Fly With Me premiered on September 23, 2009 and ran for four weeks.