January 31, 2015
The Palazzo Theater
Las Vegas, NV USA
Review by Dave Gray
Photos by Dave Gray
Bob Anderson: Frank. The Man. The Music. A Tribute To Frank Sinatra
Sinatra Lives On In Las Vegas!
Bob Anderson's tribute to Frank Sinatra is more than that... much more than that. This is a phenomenal work of musical theatre. Staying in character the entire show, he brings "The Man" to life live at The Palazzo Theatre @ The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.
Accompanied by a 32 piece big band/orchestra and using the best makeup artists in the business, Mr. Anderson comes alive as Sinatra. Visually and vocally, he recreates the Sinatra vibe of his swingin' later years in the 1960s and ‘70s. From the opening bars of "Come Fly with Me" to the closing crowd-pleaser "My Way" 90 minutes later, Bob glides through a great selection of the all-time hits and arrangements, receiving a number of very heartfelt standing ovations along the way. Make no mistake! This man can sing and swing!
Though the entire show was a blast, two highlights stood out. The first was a recording studio vibe created by Vincent Falcone (Sinatra's musical director/pianist for many years and serving the same role for Mr. Anderson) and the band. Stopping, starting, arranging on the fly like a real session, "I've Got the World on a String" was a glance at the inner workings of a studio session, live on stage... .very cool! The second was a quiet, mood setting medley of "Here's That Rainy Day" and "One for My Baby." With Mr. Anderson donning a trench coat, holding a rocks glass, and leaning on the piano, he and Mr. Falcone play downtrodden drinking man and piano bar musician pining over the "one that got away"... beautiful.
The other selections were all classic Sinatra-made-famous arrangements. Along with a professional band that included a number of musicians who performed in Sinatra's orchestra, these are time-proven big band standards that can both swing and serenade from song to song. Nelson Riddle, Quincy Jones, Don Costa and all the others knew how to showcase a vocalist's strengths and letting them shine... and shine Bob does! Not once in this show could the band take the spotlight away from this top-notch vocalist. His robust baritone can twist a vocal phrase just like the live Sinatra was wont to do... never singing an entire song the same way twice. Another highlight was an over-the-top energetic, swingin' version of "The Way You Look Tonight."
Mr. Anderson has come full circle. The Sinatra family was instrumental is introducing this talented "singing impressionist" to the major influences in the television industry before he "had a gig." Since then, his four-decade career has taken him to be named one of the top 20 Vegas acts in the last 50 years with the likes of Frank, Dean, Sammy, Barbra and Bennett. (Now that's good company!) After a successful "one-nighter" showcase last May, the Venetian Hotel (located on the site of the infamous Sands Hotel where both Frank and Bob held court for many years) has signed him to a long-term contract, performing five nights a week in the showroom. So now, in 2015, Bob is re-paying old musical debts.
A must-see for Sinatra, Las Vegas , and Bob Anderson fans!!