Frank Sinatra tribute singer Dave Halston will bring the style and swagger — and, of course, the unmistakable voice — of the iconic crooner known as the chairman of the board to the Lyric Theatre Friday, April 20.
Accompanied by a small band, Halston will perform the Sinatra tribute beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for balcony seats and $20 for floor.
Sinatra died in 1998 at age 82.
Halston, who was trained as a classical violinist, retired from a 30-year career in advertising and marketing to become a full-time tribute artist and has performed for Sinatra family members.
“He is a very good tribute singer — probably one of the best,” Lyric Theatre managing director Eric Evans said. “He has a highly touted resume.”
Sinatra was a crooner — “an old school crooner,” Evans said. “When he sings, melodic lines are going to be smooth. There are going to be luscious chordal movements. They’re going to be great choral triads … lushy chords.
“(Sinatra) was coming out of those early music radio days when they sang live on the radio. He’s from the big band era — that ’40s and ’50s era. He’s also what I would call a vintage Las Vegas-style (singer).”
Younger people who are not as familiar with Sinatra will also enjoy the show, Evans said. “(Halston) is a good entertainer, for one,” Evans said. “He has a healthy track record of people loving” his performances.
The Lyric is also preparing for other events including the play “Crimes of the Heart,” with performances May 18-27, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (July 13-22) and “Always …Patsy Cline” (Sept. 21-30).
The Lyric will also be a venue for the Cinco de Mayo celebration. The Arts Council of Brownwood will host the celebration from 5-10 p.m. Friday, May 4. “Crimes of the Heart” director Larry Mathis said the play is set in Mississippi and revolves around a family that includes three sisters. The sisters relate to each other in a way reminiscent of the “Steel Magnolia” characters,” Mathis said.
“It’ll be a play that people can come to and have a really good time and enjoy themselves and laugh a lot — but yet leave with a subtle message about how important family is.”
The play shows that all families have issues and problems “but they can be worked out,” Mathis said.