BRING­ING SINATRA TO LIFE

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in­g­ing like Frank Sinatra turned out to be a ca­reer changer for ac­tor Tom Burlin­son.

The bloke who was once known best for his role in The Man from Snowy River is now bet­ter known for the fact he spends quite a lot of time be­ing Frank Sinatra.

His new show, Tom Burlin­son Per­forms Sinatra at The Sands, is the lat­est it­er­a­tion in a string of trib­ute shows and it comes to the Con­cert Hall, QPAC to­mor­row night.

“This is the main thing I do now,” Burlin­son ex­plains.

“It all came out of ne­ces­sity re­ally be­cause act­ing work was get­ting scarce. So rather than wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity I thought I’d cre­ate some­thing my­self. It be­came so popular it has now taken over.”

The world first dis­cov­ered that Burlin­son sounded like Sinatra in 1991 when he sang the voice of the young Sinatra in the Warner Broth­ers minis­eries Sinatra.

“When it be­came known that the guy from The Man from Snowy River could not only sing, but sing like Sinatra, it led to me be­ing cast in some stage mu­si­cals and then to me cre­at­ing my own shows.”

Those shows have taken him through the Sinatra canon and he has done them all over Australia and even in Las Ve­gas, where Sinatra was a head­line act.

While Burlin­son, 59, sings like Sinatra and even acts a bit like Sinatra, he isn’t an im­per­son­ator, he points out.

But he is steeped in the leg­end of the man him­self and knows all his records and films and has read all the bi­ogra­phies, for bet­ter and worse.

The fact that Sinatra was a bun­dle of con­tra­dic­tions adds tex­ture to the per­for­mances and there is a bit of Sinatra pat­ter, but not too much.

This show fo­cuses on the pe­riod that led to the 1966 live al­bum Sinatra at the Sands.

Tom Burlin­son will be at QPAC to­mor­row.

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