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  Come Fly Away at The Kennedy Center

Come Fly Away

The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington

Ol' Blue Eyes' greatest hits soar in a new way in Twyla Tharp's Broadway musical Come Fly Away. Live music and Sinatra vocals swirl in with "fast, flashing, remarkably intricate dances" (The New York Times) in this swinging show.

Thru - Apr 29, 2012

Running Time: 1 hour 20 mins with no intermission

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Washington Post - Recommended

"... All of the romantic turmoil calms in the show’s conclusion, “My Way,” a white-and-blue-toned number in which all four couples partner in dignified, harmonious patterns, as if waltzing. You can’t help feeling that this tableau represents an artificial detente, though. Tharp honed “Come Fly Away” in Las Vegas, and the show still has a businesslike entertain-’em-and-send-’em-back-to-the-slot-machines pacing to it. The characters’ passions seem prey to that gambling ethos, too: “My Way” seems like a resolution, but maybe it’s a single readout on the one-armed bandit that is love."
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Celia Wren

Washingtonian - Recommended

"... this is a compelling, vivacious show, and Tharp's choreography is a joy to watch. A special mention goes to Chanos (Matthew Stockwell Dibble), whose evolution from vest-wearing square to irrepressible whirlwind is a delight. It just might be time to let someone else take the mike for a change."
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Sophie Gilbert

The Georgetowner - Highly Recommended

"... it’s the romance of Kate and Hank that carry the show and set the pace: theirs is almost a Frank-and-Ava affair. Every time they hook up, mash against each other, you feel the heat emanating from the sleek, slick, muscled moves of Burrell and Fitzgerald’s sassy, defiant attempts to escape and inability to leave, her red mane flying."
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Gary Tischler

Edge - Recommended

"... Can you tell a story in song? In dance?The answer to both queries is an enthusiastic yes for Twyla Tharp’s "Come Fly Away," in which the choreographer imagines four couples meeting and dating in a single dance-filled night at a club, to the tunes of Frank Sinatra."
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Rachel Breitman

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...It is helmed by world renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp. Tharp isn’t as successful with telling a good story in a theatrical setting as she is with her modern dance pieces. This flimsy story about one night in a nightclub involving four couples does not service the music well and is not a particularly inspired concept."
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Elliot Lanes

DCTheatreScene - Somewhat Recommended

It’s got Sinatra’s dulcet cool and Tharp’s kinetic heat baked in but still this puddin’ can’t rise. Come Fly Away, a remixed version of the 2010 Broadway dance revue now at The Kennedy Center, will be most appreciated by die-hard fans of the Sinatra songbook, dance connoisseurs exclusive of the general audience or those that remember when the Chairman of the Board’s groove charm permeated pop culture.
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Roy Maurer

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