The Cast of MY WAY.

Steve, Mary Jo, Gus and Cynda

Steve & Cynda and Mary Jo & Gus

Mary Jo Curry and Cynda Wrightsman

Steve Williams, Cynda Wrightsman, Mary Jo Curry and Gus Gordon in MY WAY.

The MY WAY Company. The Jane Hartman Trio: Gene Haas, Brian Justison and Jane Hartman


Review by Ann Ker, Illinois Times, 10/17/2002

MY WAY - A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA opened last weekend at New Salem and continues through this weekend. This presentation by Gordon Productions is fabulous!

Three elements are responsible for this success: The four singers, Gus Gordon, Cynda Wrightsman, Mary Jo Curry and Steve Williams, are among the best in Springfield; the Jane Hartman Trio (worth the price of the ticket all by itself); and the songs! Not only could Sinatra sell a song like no one else ever did, he could choose music that communicates. You'll know most of them, and if you're like me, you'll smile through the entire evening.

The show is the brainchild of David Grapes and Todd Olson. It begins with "Strangers in the Night," sung by all four. The songs are arranged into medleys: Favorites, Broadway, Cities, Young Love, Summer, Love and Marriage, Losers, Big Flirt, Moon and Songs for Survivors. Each section was prefaced by a couple of remarks or quotes.

Some songs are solos, some are duets, some are ensembles, but each singer gets plenty of chances to show his/her stuff.

The show includes all the favorites: "All of Me," "The Way You Look Tonight," "New York, New York," "Chicago," "The Tender Trap" and of course, ends with "My Way."