Sinatra back for the Main Event at the Cadogan Hall

Richard Shelton as Sinatra. Photos by Richard Barlow.
Richard Shelton as Sinatra. Photos by Richard Barlow.

Frank Sinatra’s legendary concert, Sinatra: The Main Event, was billed as the biggest comeback in show-business history.

Now the 40th anniversary is to be marked in London on Friday at the Cadogan Hall with a stunning recreation of The Main Event, at New York’s Madison Square Garden on October 13, 1974.

The concert stars Richard Shelton, one of the world’s top Sinatra interpreters and the world famous Syd Lawrence Orchestra – voted the ‘Best Big Band in the Land’ for the 12th consecutive year.

West End and Broadway stars Caroline O’Connor and Louise Dearman join the glittering line-up.

The concert features all the greatest and best-loved Sinatra classics, including The Lady Is A Tramp, My Funny Valentine, Mack The Knife, Fly Me To The Moon, My Kinda Town, I Get a Kick Out of You, New York New York and his signature anthem, My Way.

It recreates the unforgettable night when Frank played his sell-out concert to over 20,000 people at New York’s Madison Square Garden, following a self-imposed, four-year retirement.

SINATRA The Main Event 7 RICHARD SHELTON Photo Richard Barlow

Richard Shelton performed as Frank Sinatra in the West End in Rat Pack Confidential, a stunning performance that saw him nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role in the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards.

He has also performed in front of the Royal Family at Windsor and Prince Albert in Monaco.

Shelton, a British actor now resident in Los Angeles, recently recorded an album, An Englishman in Love in LA, in Sinatra’s favourite studio at Capitol Records in Hollywood, backed by some of the remaining Sinatra musicians.

He has also performed as Sinatra in LA with Hollywood star Jeff Goldblum accompanying him on the piano.

Caroline O’Connor is returning to the UK following a second sensational Broadway season starring in A Christmas Story – The Musical.

Caroline belongs to an exclusive group of actresses to be nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for both Best Actress in a Musical (Mack and Mabel) and Best Actress in a Play (Bombshells).

She appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s movie musical Moulin Rouge and played Ethel Merman in De-Lovely.

Louise Dearman made history as the first actress to play both starring roles in Wicked – Glinda, the Good Witch, and her sister Elphaba, the Wicked Witch.

Her other major starring roles include Eva Peron in Evita and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls.

Completing the guest line-up is Renato D’Aiello, the international jazz saxophonist and resident Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Barr.

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