Frank’s Life — You Can’t Deny It …
Tom Santopietro returns to Kent (in a virtual fashion) for a Zoom talk hosted by the Kent Memorial Library in Kent, Conn., on Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m. about Frank Sinatra’s music and movies.
A journalist, Santopietro has also spent much of his life managing Broadway shows. He is uniquely able to write with an insider’s insights on theater, as he has done in his books on Barbara Cook, Doris Day, “The Sound of Music” and, most recently, choreography, in his book “Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer’s Journey,” written with and about Bob Avian (a Kent resident and close friend of Santpietro).
Frank Sinatra is a particular favorite of Santopietro’s, whose third book was “Sinatra in Hollywood.” In his Zoom talk, he said in an email interview last week, “I’m going to talk about Frank as both singer and actor — and about his personal life.
“I’m not going to play recordings because Zoom is visual, but I am going to show two different film clips, from ‘Pal Joey’ and ‘From Here to Eternity.’”
The presentation (which was organized by Santopietro’s childhood friend Lucy Pierpont, who does marketing and events for the Kent Memorial Library) should be about 35 or 40 minutes long, and then Santopietro will answer questions and people can share their own stories about how their lives intersected with Ol’ Blue Eyes.
To sign up for the Zoom, go to the library website at www.kentmemoriallibrary.org, click on “events and exhibits” at the top of the home page, then find June 4 on the calendar and click on “A Fun Talk About the Great Frank Sinatra.”