Brian De Lorenzo: Come Fly with Me: Brian De Lorenzo Sings Sinatra at 100

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Brian De Lorenzo

Come Fly with Me:
Brian De Lorenzo Celebrates Sinatra at 100

Don’t Tell Mama, ​NYC, November 7, 2015

​Reviewed by Ron Forman for Cabaret Scenes​

Brian-De-Lorenzo-Cabaret-Scenes-Magazine_212As we approach the [December] centenary of Frank Sinatra’s birth, Sinatra tribute shows are abundant. Nonetheless, the quantity and quality of his songbook give performers an opportunity to have their own unique take on it. Brian De Lorenzo’s strong masculine sound works beautifully on some of the songs closely associated with Sinatra.

De Lorenzo uses stories about traveling with his husband as the motif for his Come Fly with Me show at Don’t Tell Mama.

 He came out belting “The Best ​I Yet to Come” then really swung with “Day In, Day Out,” taken from an  arrangement Billy May wrote for Sinatra’s Come Dance with Me album. “Come Fly with Me” led into a number of musical stops​, including Paris for a hauntingly beautiful “Autumn Leaves,” and “I Love Paris​,” and Rome, where the sweetness in De Lorenzo’s voice was shown with “Three Coins in the Fountain.
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” The musical trip ended in Las Vegas with ​his facial expression​s showing the thrill of gambling for high stakes in “Luck Be a Lady” from Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls. De Lorenzo added a song Sinatra would have sung had he been given the part of Sky Masterson in the Sam Goldwyn film, “I’ll Know​.
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” The audience really got into his rousing performance of “Blues ​in the Night” and cheered at its conclusion.

De Lorenzo was at his best remembering his mother’s favorite vocalist, John Gary, with an emotionally beautiful “My Foolish Heart.” The closing number was one never performed by Sinatra but one associated with his friends Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme​: “All About Love.” The encore was a warm and beautifully performed “All the Things You Are,” including the verse, which was reminiscent of Sinatra’s classic 1945 Columbia recording.

Ron Forman

Ron Forman has been a Mathematics Professor at Kingsborough Community College for 45 years. In that time, he has managed to branch out in many different areas. From 1977 to 1994 he was co-owner of Comics Unlimited, the third largest comic book distribution company in the USA. In 1999,after a lifetime of secretly wanting to do a radio program, he began his weekly Sweet Sounds program on WKRB 90.3 FM, dedicated to keeping the music of the Great American Songbook alive and accessible. This introduced him to the world of cabaret, which led to his position as a reviewer for Cabaret Scenes.