‘Fabulous Frank’ at Crosby Theater tonight

Published 11:00 pm Monday, October 29, 2012

Singer Peter Oprisko, who is called “the Rolls Royce of singers today” by jazz great Ramsey Lewis, whisks audiences back to the golden days of Sinatra with his smooth baritone voice and classy swing style.

Oprisko will be in concert at 7 p.m. tonight at the Claudia Crosby Theater as “Fabulous Frank.”

“We all love the hits and standards of Frank Sinatra,” said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, dean of Troy University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts. “His unforgettable tunes and unmatched voice defined music for a generation.

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“So, tonight you’ll have an opportunity to sit back and enjoy all the classics – everything from ‘My Way’ and ‘Come Fly with Me’ to ‘Summer Wind’ and ‘Strangers in the Night.’”

Dr. John Jinright, presenter chair for the Troy Arts Council, said in an era where everyone from Barry Manilow to Michael Bolton is using tribute albums and other gimmicks to ride the Sinatra coattails to greater glory, Oprisko has deliberately avoided the Sinatra songbook for fear of being mischaracterized as simply another Sinatra impersonator.

“Peter Oprisko’s youthful passion, entertainingly educational interactive presentation, seductively dynamic vocal style, and inimitably magnetic stage presence and engaging charisma have endeared him to music aficionados spanning all demographics and have made him a popular fixture on the college, corporate, and casino circuits,” Jinright said. “His cherished and privileged relationships within the Sinatra inner-circle and his position as one of the nation’s premiere interpreters of traditional American pop and jazz make him uniquely qualified to present the legendary hits and stories of ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ in ‘Fabulous Frank,’ which is a dazzling, unforgettable homage that is not to be missed.”

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students, including Troy University students with an ID, and may be purchased from 6:15 to 6:55 tonight at the Crosby Theater Box Office.