OWEGO — “It Was A Very Good Year,” is a multimedia musical tribute starring Tony Sands as “The Voice.” It is a musical journey of the life and times of the late Frank Sinatra. Sands performs all of Sinatra’s best-loved songs from the early days with Tommy Dorsey, to the bright lights of New York City, onto the silver screen of Hollywood, and then finally Frank’s “Main Event’ comeback.
When they hear Tony Sands start to croon, lifelong Sinatra fans are fascinated. For more than 20 years, Sands has been perfecting his act and wooing audiences throughout the United States with his silky, mesmerizing and tantalizing renditions of the ‘Chairman of the Board’s’ song stylings. “People love the show,” says Sands. “They really don’t expect what they’re going to be seeing. It really is like a one man musical. If you don’t feel the song, it won’t get across to the audience, and every song Frank Sinatra sang, he projected that feeling” ... and that’s the same way Sands performs Sinatra’s song book.
Sands first recognized his knack for emulating Ol’ Blue Eyes when he was a teenager.
“I never tried to change my vocals to imitate or impersonate Frank. It just came out naturally,” Sands said. “It’s not just somebody going out there and doing his music. We tell a narrated story, with multimedia projections at six different points in Sinatra’s career. We start out with the big band era, and we end up at Madison Square Garden 1974 when Sinatra came out of retirement.”
Sands closes his show with Sinatra’s trademark sendoff, “Put Your Dreams Away,” as made famous in Sinatra’s ABC television program. On Sat., July 13, 2019 at 8 p.m. and Sun., July 14, 2019 at 2 p.m., Tony Sands will performing his show at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center at 42 Delphine Street in Owego. There will also be a pre-show dinner at 6 p.m. For tickets please call the box office at 607-687-2130.