Awarded the 2012 & 2014 Excellence in Entertainment Award for TRIBUTE SHOW OF THE YEAR, Shades of Sinatra is an original musical production celebrating the extensive music and career of the great Frank Sinatra. Featuring over 30 of Sinatra’s biggest hits, this show pays tribute to most of the signature Sinatra tunes one would expect, as well as several that may be new to casual fans. Its cast members create unique characters that celebrate him in their own ways, often drawing on experiences from their own lives; and in between songs and poignant stories, there is plenty of zany humor and good-natured ribbing among the cast, creating the vintage, off-the-cuff Vegas show atmosphere that is associated with Ol’ Blue Eyes himself.
“Lightning struck again this summer with the Sinatra-themed revue…”
Mike Weatherford, Las Vegas Review-Journal
“…Singing hit after hit and medleys filled with the songs you came to hear….The Man would have been proud of what these four fine entertainers have done.”
Norm Johnson, “It’s The Norm” – Las Vegas Entertainment Events
“…Each is an excellent vocalist who does justice to Sinatra’s music….a highly entertaining little show – well conceived, perceptive and intelligently assembled….”
Jerry Fink , The Las Vegas Sun
“We need to see more of this show after this four night run. The show has been selling out and I’m sure as the word spreads there will be a big demand for future shows.”
Steve Tuminello, Las Vegas At Its Best
The year was 2005, as three regular Joes sat around a table “discussing” album release dates and other trivia about their favorite performer, Frank Sinatra, at a local eatery. Another Vegas entertainer, Kelly Clinton, overheard them and suggested putting these singers from different backgrounds and generations together on stage to talk about their love of Old Blue Eyes, creating an interesting dynamic setting in which they could sing some of the most beloved popular songs in history.
Carmine Mandia, Larry Liso, and Ryan Baker had been singing for years in restaurants, lounges and corporate events, paying tribute to Frank and the Rat Pack. When Lisa Smith joined the group in 2006, she was a welcome female element, as her character brings not only humor and sexual tension, but a real musical spark as well, leveraging her extensive theatrical background.
Since then, the act has evolved and developed over the years, playing different Las Vegas venues, as well as private and corporate events outside of the Vegas area. In 2007, under the talented musical direction of Ned Mills, the show won its first award for Best Tribute Show from the Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange. They have headlined several times at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino and even opened twice for the one and only Don Rickles, at the Golden Nugget and The Orleans Hotel & Casino.
In early 2011, the Shades signed a contract with Ray Wolf Productions to do their show at the Clarion Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, performing in the Wolf Theater & Showroom, previously the Debbie Reynolds Showroom, where they received widespread acclaim from both the press and the public during their more than three-year run.
In 2014, Larry Liso left the group to return to his roots in New York and pursue other opportunities. He was replaced by Ron Smith who brought his own element of style and grace to the group, as well as his experience working on stage for many years.
SHADES OF SINATRA continues to thrive and build both in its performance and reputation as one of the best tributes to the music made famous by the Chairman of the Board.
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