BRINGING SINATRA TO LIFE
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.