Robert Habermann sings:
His Way – The Songs and Life of Frank Sinatra
The Broadway, Barking, IG11 7LS
Friday 24th February 2017, 2.30pm
Award winning singer Robert Habermann brings the highly acclaimed His Way to Barking on Friday 24th February. His Way tells the whole unexpurgated story of the rise and fall of Frank Sinatra with many of Sinatra’s wonderful songs including: Come Fly With Me, Fly Me To The Moon, Witchcraft, You Make Me Feel So Young, Strangers In The Night, My Way, New York New York and many more.
Discovered by legendary American singer Margaret Whiting, Habermann went on to win Best International Performer from the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets of New York, resulting in several major tours. He has performed with Margaret Whiting, Kay Starr, Steve Ross, Rosemary Squires and the late Loonis McGlohan who wrote songs for Sinatra. Habermann was the first major British singer to perform an entire concert celebrating Sinatra’s life for Sinatra’s 80th Birthday at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1995. His Way – The Songs and Life of Frank Sinatra follows Sinatra from band singer with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, to 1940s idol, swinging his way through the 1950s, recording some of the 20th Century’s most iconic songs and albums, starting his own record label Reprise and becoming a world megastar.
Habermann comments, Every time I sing his wonderful, unforgettable songs and tell his extraordinary rags to riches life story, I realise what a uniquely remarkable man he was and what an influence he still has on the popular song.
Habermann’s unique solo musical shows are devoted to iconic singers and songwriters of the 20th Century. In 2017, Habermann will launch his new show The MGM Musical – More Stars Than In The Heavens.
Habermann is also known as a songwriter and two of his songs: The Brexit Song and Children of the World have received much acclaim online.
Tickets are available on 020 8507 5607 or book online at http://www.thebroadwaybarking.com/Sales/Genres/Music/Sinatra—His-Way/Tickets. Tickets are available from £10.
Here’s an exclusive interview with Robert, who tells Break A Leg what can be expected from the show…
Thanks for chatting to Break A Leg, Robert. Tell me about the performance.
I tell the story and sing the songs of one of the greatest popular singers of the 20th century.
Starting out as a painter/ decorator who wanted to become a singer, Frank Sinatra joins a vocal group – The Hoboken Four. He wins a talent show and tours, and then becomes a singing waiter. He is then spotted and given a job as band singer in the Harry James Band. Next, he is hired by the Tommy Dorsey Band where he becomes a major heartthrob by the ‘BobbySoxers’. He becomes one of the most sought after major solo artists in the 1940’s.
The show then tells of his major decline in the early fifties, losing his voice, and the cancellation of his recording contract – written off as ‘past it’ in 1952 at the age of 37.
His sudden resurgence in 1952 and rebirth as a singer of swinging songs with Capital Records and the building of his own record label Reprise in 1960 led him to become one of the greatest International singing stars. I also tell some stories of his personal life.
What was inspiration for the show?
In 1993 I was introduced to Sinatra by singer Margaret Whiting who invited me over to New York to work with her. She suggested that I should create a show about Sinatra’s extraordinary life and for me to sing the songs that he had made his own – but I would ‘always’ be his story teller not his imitator. With Whiting’s help I created a special and unique biographical show celebrating Sinatra’s life on his 80th and then his 100th anniversary birthday at London’s Southbank Centre
What do you want to bring to the performance?
I want my audience to discover Sinatra’s remarkable journey and his talent, his highs and lows, the great points in his life, and his disappointments, and show that it was not all easy. There was heartache on the way.
How does the space lend itself to the piece?
To tell Sinatra’s extraordinary story, I need a piano, an excellent accompanist (the renowned Trevor Brown) a microphone and a chair. That is all I need to share his wonderful story in the intimacy of the theatre
What would you say to encourage people to buy a ticket?
I am one of the only performers who performs Sinatra’s songs, who actually met Sinatra. My stories are first hand, and wherever I perform this show, the audience comes out feeling that they know the man better and understand what made him tick. They hear thirty of his greatest songs from All or Nothing At All to His Way and New York New York.
Thanks for a great interview, Robert, break a leg!