Stars align for Frank Sinatra 100th anniversary special Sunday on CBS

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Fans flock to Sinatra’s hometown.

Turns out, the diversity of the talent lineup for “Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert,” airing Sunday at 9 p.m., is precisely the point of this homage to the singer from Hoboken, N.J., known both as “Ol’ Blue Eyes” and “The Chairman of the Board.” “He really created the greatest school of popular singing and made it possible for all of us to have a great living doing this,” Bennett, 89, said by phone from Las Vegas this week shortly before the taping of the show at the Wynn Encore Theater.

Mayim Bialik (of “Blossom” and “The Big Bang Theory” fame) stars as a newly single woman who meets a handsome, soon-to-be engaged stranger (Ryan McPartlin of “Chuck”) on a plane in “The Flight Before Christmas” (Lifetime at 8 p.m.).Everything that was good and bad about Lincoln Center’s underwhelming fund-raising gala timed to Frank Sinatra’s centennial, “Sinatra: Voice for a Century” at David Geffen Hall on Thursday, converged late in the evening in a moment of disturbing clarity.Grandstand Show artistic producer Dave Pierce has heard a lot of great sounds over the course of his Emmy Award-winning career, but his most recent gig exposed him to a few he probably never expected to hear.

But despite a love-hate relationship, the mile-square New Jersey city where Frank Sinatra was born is finding the centennial of his birth to be a very good year. Bennett is the singer who was closest to Sinatra, personally and musically, among the show’s performers, also including Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Seth MacFarlane, Trisha Yearwood and Juanes. When their flight is diverted because this is a Lifetime movie (I mean, because of a snowstorm), they end up sharing a room at a B&B owned by a couple who will look familiar to fans of “Family Matters.” Sunday talk shows: “Capital Download” (WUSA at 8:30 a.m.) talks to Glenn F. The guest list is indeed impressive, laden with Grammy winners, including Sinatra buddy Tony Bennett (above), longtime fan (and “American Idol” judge) Harry Connick Jr., pop stars Adam Levine of Maroon 5 (and “The Voice”) and Lady Gaga, R&B singers Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Usher, and, holding it down for the country community, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown, and Trisha Yearwood.

As the mighty New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Alan Gilbert, played the funereal opening chords from Nelson Riddle’s original arrangement of “What’s New?” from the 1958 album, “Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely,” an emotional chasm opened up. Throughout 2015, Hoboken has remembered its native son, who died in 1998 at age 82, with outdoor screenings of his movies, a “Sinatra Idol” competition and concerts that will be capped by a centennial birthday bash on Dec. 12 at the Stevens Institute of Technology, which awarded the high school dropout an honorary degree in 1985. As you might expect, it’s show featuring one musical heavyweight after another, each of whom performs their own renditions of some of Sinatra’s most beloved songs. The Hoboken Historical Museum has seen a 300 percent jump in visitors since opening a Sinatra exhibit in early August and has hired extra staff, director Robert Foster said. Santelli noted equal measures of artistry and entertainment reflected in Sinatra’s recordings, his live performances and film career — which makes the connection a little more relevant to a country superstar such as Brooks, a Latin pop dynamo like Juanes or an R&B-pop singer such as Keys. “Today, of course, music has become so diverse,” Santelli said. “But there are common denominators.

Lacking any major items that belonged to Sinatra, the museum tells his story through media displays, and visitors receive a map with their $4 admission that features Sinatra sites. Correspondent Erin Moriarty (left) examines the history of the theft and the current state of the investigation, including interviews with museum director Anne Hawley (right) and the head of the investigation, FBI special agent Geoff Kelly. After they part, the singer murmurs to himself, “Of course you couldn’t know; I haven’t changed, I still love you so.” The Sinatra surrogate who stepped to the microphone was the evening’s host, Seth MacFarlane, the architect of “Family Guy” and other puerile entertainments.

In 2008, Pierce was working on the Sinatra-songbook musical Come Fly Away and met the Sinatra family, which has led to him working as an orchestrator/arranger on a number of a Sinatra-themed productions, including the Wynn Las Vegas production of Sinatra Dance With Me and a 2015 London, Palladium production of Sinatra: A Man and His Music. “The musical arranger is someone,” Pierce says, “who, over time, is much less well-known part of the whole thing but back in Sinatra’s day, it was key to find someone who could take a song that just went from beginning to end and was played on the piano and could actually conceive of how they go together — and so Sinatra was very prominent with taking the arranger and keeping them in the front line.” It was Pierce’s job on the Grammy special recorded Wednesday in Las Vegas to sit down with each of those superstars, to arrange how they would perform their Sinatra song. “The artists, ” he says, “when they were asked if they’d like to use the original arrangements, it was something where they said of course! Named after the two towering palm trees which loom over the 4,500 square foot, four-bedroom, seven-bathroom property, it was built for him in 1947 by acclaimed local architect E Stewart Williams. Steve Scalise (R-La.); “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 7:30 p.m.) has Juan Gabriel Valdés, ambassador of Chile; “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) hosts Trump. Thankfully Williams talked him out of his original vision – a flamboyant Georgian mansion complete with fluted columns – and persuaded him to go for the modern one-level design, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and windows, and lots of open-plan space – perfect for sunny living in the desert. Sunday night on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox at 8:30), Jake and Rosa are forced to work with a pair of Swedish police officers, and the teams get very competitive.

The small, charming town of Palm Springs is in the sandy Coachella Valley, 100 miles east of Los Angeles, so for entertainers like Frank it was easy to get to, and a welcome escape from the big city. However, some Hoboken residents felt Sinatra had forgotten them, reflected in the reception he got when he rode on a float in a 1947 parade and was pelted with tomatoes, according to biographer Ed Shirak. Some are interested, some are totally intimidated: ‘You’re kidding—you want me to sing something of Frank’s?’ Inevitably you’ll see the comparisons. “So the theory of it is one thing.

Delivering “What’s New” in a creamy baritone with perfect pitch and effortless control, he captured every nuance of Sinatra’s phrasing from the original recording. That show features musical guests Celine Dion, Tori Kelly, The Dap Kings, in addition to Jay Leno, Eva Longoria, Kylie Jenner, William Shatner, supermodel Gigi Hadid and others.

There are dozens of golf courses, plenty of stylish shops in the Uptown Design District, and the year-round sunshine makes for a great place to lounge around by a pool (especially a piano-shaped one). Performers will touch on the various phases of that journey, from his early years as a singer fronting the big bands of Tommy Dorsey and Harry James through his emergence as arguably the first teen idol because of the legions of girls and young women who swooned during his appearances, through his second career as an actor, and then later as an esteemed elder statesman of the golden age of popular music. But his performance of this and other Sinatra signature songs, including “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Day In, Day Out,” also proved that an imitation, no matter how facile, is only that. With Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby now living in what was nicknamed the “Movie Colony”, Frank’s home swiftly became the party pad. And for many years, that became his opening song, because he loved it so much.” Bennett has sung the songs many times during his career, but he said this was the first time he’d used the same arrangement as his old friend and onetime musical idol. “There’s a great spirit in this show,” Bennett said. “It really reaffirms that he’s going to live forever.

Nowadays, you can get in only if you take a private architecture tour (themoderntour.com, £100), are hiring the property for a wedding, or book a holiday there for a cool £1,700 a night (sinatrahouse.com). Frank and his Rat Pack pals used to go in for one of Sherman’s legendary sandwiches and sit at the back, by the window; their signed picture, alongside those of other famous patrons like Barry Manilow to Elvis, hangs on the wall. Six years ago it underwent an impressive £56million renovation, and now drips with black and red glass chandeliers, silk wallpaper, gold leather and mirrors.

There you can see a range of Sinatra souvenirs, including one of his woollen jackets, and his signed contract from Capitol Records stipulating that he would always receive top billing on all record labels. establishments, and one of the biggest characters has to be Melvyn Haber, the sprightly, perma-tanned, white-haired 79-year-old who has owned the Ingleside Inn hotel and Melvyn’s restaurant – where Frank held his pre-wedding dinner with wife number four Barbara – for 40 years. It’s a place preserved in time, like many of its somewhat tight-faced customers, who sip Martinis as the mustachioed, dinner-jacketed waiters flambé Crêpe Suzette or Steak Diane at tables. Between numbers featuring guests who included Sting, Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Kyle Dean Massey, Chris Botti and Christina Aguilera, Mr.

MacFarlane also delivered a glib, running biography of Sinatra, filled with half-baked hyperbole, devoid of fresh insight and peppered with snarky remarks to show how cool and detached he is. Do try: Take a trip up nearby San Jacinto Mountain on the Aerial Tramway for stunning views across the town and the desert (£16). pstramway.com Or go for a guided trek along the Indian Canyons horse trail – there’s no better way to see the beautiful desert.

That blasé attitude infected other performers, most notably Sting, who was emotionally absent during his stiff, pompous renditions of “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” and “Witchcraft.” Mr.

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