By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
Bob Anderson’s “Frank, the Man, the Music” was the best tribute I have ever seen in my 25 years as a Las Vegas show reviewer!
More than just a show about Frank Sinatra, Bob Anderson brought Frank Sinatra to life featuring Frank‘s career, singing for Capitol Records and later with his own recording studio, television specials and personal appearances.
When Bob stepped on the Palazzo Theater’s stage singing, his appearance, the sound of his voice and the overall effect was shocking.
You not only hear the classic songs, Bob transports the audience back to honor Frank Sinatra and the era.
“Frank, the Man, the Music” was like spending a day in the life of Frank Sinatra with the most complete, in-depth version for 1-½ hours of pure entertainment.
The production was authentic in so many ways. With a 32-piece orchestra under the direction of Vincent Falcone, Frank Sinatra’s musical director.
A one man show with Bob Anderson making every moment count. He carried the show with the PIZZAZZ and swagger of a super star.
Another authentic touch, the Palazzo Theater was the actual site where the Sand’s Hotel Copa Room stood years ago, the place to see the rat pack and other famous stars.
Usually Bob Anderson as well as most entertainers simply perform their vocal and other impressions without going through the entire transformation, yet Bob spent time with all of the steps for a complete look to match his perfect Frank Sinatra vocals.
In order to become Ol’ blue eyes, Bob even had to learn how to wear blue contact lenses.
With the magic of Oscar-nominated make-up artist Kazu Tsujim, the Frank Sinatra “look” is complete. Kazu provided the makeup and facial reconstruction for
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the revised “Planet of the Apes” franchise, and others.
I met Bob Anderson when he debuted at the Top of the Dunes and was an overnight success as the first singing impressionist. After I reviewed his shows for many years, Bob announced his decision to move to Branson, Missouri on my Las Vegas Today Show, at the Ellis Island Casino. His loyal fan club were in my audience. I am happy to see Bob return to Las Vegas, BETTER than ever and spoke to some members of his fan club the evening Bob opened at the Venetian!
The total impact is extraordinary, “Bob Anderson: Frank, The Man, The Music” stands out from all the rest.
The Palazzo Theater- Shows: Bob Anderson performs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Fridays at 9 p.m. Prices range from $71-$176. For information, call 702-414-9000. Enter the Palazzo Theater from either the Venetian Resort or the Palazzo Resort, at 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South. www.venetian.com/frank www.bobanderson.com
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman is a syndicated columnist featuring Show and Dining reviews, travel, health, luxury and more. Sandy is talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. If you want to suggest topics for articles or ask questions about Sandy’s articles, call (702)-731-6491. firstname.lastname@example.org