Danny Strong set to write new Frank Sinatra musical
Emmy Award-winning writer Danny Strong has been signed up to write the book for a new musical based on the life of legendary singer Frank Sinatra.
The musical, which aims to be on stage by early 2020, is being produced by The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), Stewart Till and Frank Sinatra Enterprises. It will feature Sinatra’s timeless classics such as “New York, New York”, “My Way”, “Fly Me To The Moon” and “Moon River”*.
Strong’s previous writing credits include the Emmy Award-winning Game Change, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, and he has been working with Tim Rice and ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson on a re-working of the musical Chess.
He said: “It is an honour to get to write a musical about one of the biggest icons of the 20th century. Sinatra is one of the great talents of all time and his fascinating and powerful story will make for a terrific stage musical. I’m deeply honoured to get this opportunity.”
Frank Sinatra’s music career began in 1935 when he got his first big break as part of a local singing group. He went on to become an icon of the twentieth century, hitting his peak in the 1940s with the onset of ‘Sinatramania’ with thousands of fan clubs popping up across the US. Sinatra also tried his hand at acting, appearing in films like Anchors Aweigh and On The Town opposite Gene Kelly.
Producers hope the as-yet-untitled Frank Sinatra musical is set to begin performances in early 2020, with creatives, casting and a theatre yet to be announced.
*No specific songs have been confirmed for the musical