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Sinatra Suite

Description

Mikhail Baryshnikov, then artistic director, commissioned Sinatra Suite for American Ballet Theatre. The piece contains four duets from Nine Sinatra Songs danced by a single couple. Tharp reworked “One For My Baby" into a solo for Baryshnikov. The closing ballad is a character study of the solitary man. Bowtie undone, he meanders through an interior investigation of his own identity. The role demands a strong actor to carry the character driven choreography of the final section.

Photos

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  • Kudo and Baryshnikov in a promotional photo. ©Martha Swope

Video

Baryshnikov in an excerpt from "One For My Baby" as performed in the televison special Baryshnikov By Tharp.
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Music

Music Program:

1. Strangers in the Night
Composed by Bert Kaempfert
Lyrics by Eddie Snyder
Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1966
From the Album “Stranger’s In The Night”
Released by Reprise Records

2. All the Way
Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1957
For the Film “The Joker Is Wild”
Published by Maraville Music Corporation
Released by Capitol Records

3. That’s Life
Written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon for Frank Sinatra
From the Album “That’s Life” – 1966
Reprise Records

4. My Way
Originally “Comme d’habitude”
Composed by Claude François and Jacques Revaux – 1967
Lyrics by Paul Anka
Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1968
From the Album “My Way” – 1969
Released by Reprise Records

5. One More For the Road
Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
For the Musical “The Sky’s the Limit” – 1943
Recorded by Frank Sinatra – 1947
Columbia Records

Audio Sample: 

Strangers In The Night
Performed by Frank Sinatra

Performance History

December 6, 1983
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Premiere performance

December 10, 1983
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Works on this program: The Little Ballet, Sinatra Suite

Wang Center at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
February 1, 1984
Wang Center at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
February 2, 1984
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Twyla Tharp Dance
World Trade Center, New York, NY
September 8, 2001
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Works on this program: Mozart Clarinet Quintet K.581, Sinatra Suite (excerpts), Westerly Round

New York City Center, New York, NY
October 18, 2006
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Works on this program: Sinatra Suite, In The Upper Room

New York City Center, New York, NY
October 19, 2006
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Works on this program: Sinatra Suite, Junk Duet

February 13, 2009
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Additional performances on February 14-21, 2009

Arnoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH
March 27, 2009
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Additional performances on March 28 & 29, 2009

Misty Copeland and Marcelo Gomes
Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol, United Kingdom
August 1, 2009
DECC, Duluth, MN
August 29, 2009
Paloma Herrera and Sascha Radetsky
Esplanade Theatre, Singapore
October 26, 2009
Misty Copeland and Sascha Radetsky
August 7, 2010
Novosibirsk Opera House, Novosibirsk, Russia
October 6, 2010
October 28, 2010
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Works on this program: Baker's Dozen, Sinatra Suite

Karl Marx Theatre, Havana, Cuba
November 5, 2010
March 5, 2011
Legnano, Italy
April 8, 2011
Misty Copeland and Sascha Radetsky
April 9, 2011
McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA
June 12, 2011
New York City Center, New York, NY
October 10, 2011
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Hosted by Damien Woetzel

New York City Center, New York, NY
November 8, 2011
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Works on this program: Sinatra Suite, Junk Duet, In The Upper Room

Luciana Paris and Marcelo Gomes
The Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV
March 10, 2012
February 14, 2014
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Additional performance on February 15, 2014.

Gen Horiuchi's Ballet USA
Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Hyogo, Osaka, Japan
August 30, 2014
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Additional Performance on August 31st

Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, Netherlands
September 7, 2016
March 24, 2017
Notes:
Performance at 8:00pm. Additional performances on March 25, 8:00pm and March 26, 2:00pm.
March 25, 2017
Notes:
Performance at 8:00pm. Additional performances on March 24, 8:00pm, and March 26, 2:00pm.
March 26, 2017
Notes:
Performance at 2:00pm. Additional performances March 24, 8:00pm, and March 25, 8:00pm.