‘Come Fly Away’ showy, suggestive

Reviewed by Paul Jordan and Kristian Whitesell
Times-News correspondents

DURHAM — “Come Fly Away,” a new Broadway musical, will be performed at the Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., today through Sunday. Filled with electric color and some of the world’s greatest dancers, this production is set to the timeless, beloved music of Frank Sinatra.

The show, which includes a mix of modern ballet dancing and swing dancing, was choreographed by Tony-award winner Twyla Tharp and includes four dancing couples who switch partners so much to the point we’re left wondering, “who’s with who?” 

The entire musical is set in a 1940s nightclub in New York City. Not having a set change or an intermission during the production grew tiresome after a while. This show is not recommended for viewers under the age of 13, and there’s good reason for that. Sensuous dancing was present throughout the entire performance and became more so as the performance progressed. Several suggestive topics included a woman doing a striptease on a bar table.

There was more than one instance in which the dancing did not correspond with the rhythm of the songs. There was not an overly recognizable storyline in “Come Fly Away” and the audience was often left wondering “what just happened?” and probably found it more showy than truly enjoyable. 

We felt that the style of mixing many dance forms didn’t work for this 70-minute show. However, the band was very impressive. They played flawlessly to the tune of Frank Sinatra and several solos by Anthony Burrell, Marielys Molina, and Michael Williams made up for some of the disappointing material in the show.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m. today, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Tickets range from $15 to $70 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. For more details, go to www.dpacnc.com.

Paul Jordan is a senior at Western Alamance High School and Kristian Whitesell
is a home-school graduate; both are Teens & Twenties writers.

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